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Half-day, full-day and day excursions from Rome by car or minivan with English speaking driver-guide
 

Half day excursions

4-hour tours to the highlights in the country near Rome:

Tivoli - Castelgandolfo & Nemi - Ostia Antica

Full-day excursions

8-hour tours to the highlights in the country near Rome, combining two half-day tours as you like: Tivoli - Castelgandolfo & Nemi - Ostia Antica

Day trips

Day trips to Florence, Naples and Umbria, to see famous Pompeii, Amalfi Drive, Positano, Sorrento, Capri, Tuscany, Siena, Assisi, Todi, Orvieto

Rates for these tours include:
pick up and drop off at the hotel, full-day excursion (10 hr approx.), driving guide, vehicle, motorway tolls and fuel.

Additional time, over 10 hours, will be charged 50 Euros per hour (any vehicle).

Rates do not include:

Lunch, drinks, personal purchases or any thing not specifically listed as included. 

 
 

Half-day excursions

Four-hour tours in the nearby surroundings of Rome.

Half-day round trip from your hotel in in the city.

 
 

Tivoli

Visit Villa D’Este and, eventually, also the ruins of the Emperor Hadrian’s Villa.

Tivoli is closed on Mondays

Tivoli is a beautiful little town located on hill about 20 miles north of Rome, a forty-five minute drive. In Tivoli the Cardinal Ippolito II D'Este, once he was elected governor in the 1550's, had an incredible villa built for himself as his residence with the most admirable gardens liven up by almost four hundred fountains. On the way to Tivoli, time permitting; also a visit can be paid to the ruins of Hadrian's Villa, which used to be the winter residence of the Emperor built in the second century A.D.. Also a short stop can be made to admire the quarries of the Travertine marble, which the Romans used for building the Colosseum and most of their other important buildings.

"Rometta" Fountain in Villa D'este - Tivoli
Fountain of the Organ - Villa D'Este - Tivoli

Driving time:
Rome to Tivoli: 40'
Tivoli to Rome: 40’

 

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 295 €;
minivan (4 persons) 315 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 355 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 380 €

 
 
 

The Roman Castles

Rome's wine country, Castelgandolfo (Pope’s Summer Residence) Nemi, Frascati.

Castelgandolfo - Areal view

You don’t really see castles in the area we call “The Roman Castles”; we call that a hilly area south from Rome where few enchanting little towns, famous for producing the refreshing white wine we drink in Rome, are situated. Many of those little towns where already villages before Rome was founded but than became Roman colonies. In the middle ages they were the strongholds of the nobles of Rome and those castles they once built to defend the land were later converted into gorgeous palaces, where the descendants used to spend their summertime away from the heat of Rome. Just to have an idea of the beauty of the area think that the Holy Father chose, way back in the sixteen hundreds, to make of the castle that once belonged to the Gandolfo family, his Summer Residence. Also in the area are two pleasant lakes that were originally craters of volcanoes active five million years ago. Of course it is enjoyable to have lunch in one the many good restaurants in the area which is what the Romans go there for today. For those who may be interested, a visit to one of the many wineries there can be arranged.

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 295 €;
minivan (4 persons) 315 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 355 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 380 €

Nemi

Rates for these tours include:
pick up and drop off at the hotel, full-day excursion (4 hours approx.), driving guide, vehicle,motorway tolls and fuel.

Additional time, over the 4 hours, will be charged 60 Euros per hour (any vehicle).

Rates do not include:

Lunch, drinks, personal purchases or any thing not specifically listed as included.

Driving times:
Rome to Roman Castles: 40'
Roman Castles to Rome: 40’

 
 

Ruins of Ostia

Excavations of Rome’s ancient port-city and the Castle of Pope Julius II.

Ostia is closed on Mondays

Located at the mouth of the Tiber river, only a half-hour drive from Rome, the visit of Ostia is like the visit of Tivoli and the Roman Castles: a relaxing trip. The ancient Roman writer Ennius says king Ancus Marcius founded Ostia in the seventh century B.C., in the fourth century was a military fort, called Castrum,  that guarded the river mouth against sea borne invasions. Ostia later gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. According to ancient sources it was the oldest Roman colonia. Ostia is easily comparable to Pompeii: you walk through the ruins of a city that was abandoned in the fifth century A.D.. It is in fact a magical alternative to the crowded, and far from Rome, Pompeii as well as it is complementary to it. Ostia was for one thousand and five hundred years a ghost town, covered by marshy swamp and infested with malaria.

Ostia Antica - The Forum

In the early nineteen hundreds, the Italian Government ordered the first systematic archaeological excavations, and to this day, with every unearthed stone, they add to our knowledge and understanding of a city that once stood next to Rome in grandeur.

Ostia Antica- The castle of Pope Julius II
Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 295 €;
minivan (4 persons) 315 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 355 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 380 €
Driving times:
Rome to Ostia: 40'
Ostia to Rome: 40’
 

Full-day excursions

Combination of two half-day excursions.

A wonderful day touring the countryside near Rome, giving you also the opportunity to taste the renowned local wines and foods.

 

Tivoli & the Roman Castles

A relaxing day in the country.

Tivoli is closed on Mondays

We leave Rome in the morning and drive to Tivoli to visit Villa D'Este, famous for its beautiful gardens and water fountains. After visiting Villa D'Este we drive to the area we call “The Roman Castles”. First we visit Nemi known for its beautiful lake and the particular strawberries they grow there and than we go to Castelgandolfo, maybe the most charming of the hilltop towns in this area. This is Rome's wine country and the Romans like to come here to have their lunch accompanied by wines like the famous "Frascati". You can enjoy a nice typical lunch in Castelgandolfo or in Nemi. Depending on how the day goes and on your own interest along the way we can also stop to see the Travertine Marble quarries, Hadrian's Villa and/or a winery.

 
Restaurant "Bucci" in Castelgandolfo
"Rometta" fountain in Villa D'Este - Tivoli

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 525 €;
minivan (4 persons) 550 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 600 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 650 €.

Driving times:
Rome to Tivoli: 40'

Tivoli to Castelgandolfo: 45’

Roman Castles to Rome:  45’

 
 

Ostia and the Roman Castles

Excursion to Ostia, lunch in Castelgandolfo (or Nemi), visit Nemi, Frascati and Marino.

Mosaic laboratory in Castelgandolfo

We go to visit Ostia first. We spend between one and a half and two hours in the excavations and then stop at the 16th Century Castle of Julius II. At about noon we start driving towards Castelgandolfo. By the time we'll get there it will be time for lunch and you'll have the opportunity to try the local famous wines and foods in one of the local restaurants. After lunch we continue to Nemi to wander around the charming little town and, willingly, taste the particular strawberries. Then we drive to Frascati and Marino, two lovely little towns known for their wines.

The forum in Ostia Antica

Depending on the time and your own interest, we can also stop include a stop at the ruins of the Jewish Synagogue in Ostia (2nd Century A.D., the oldest in Europe), the Abbey of San Nilo in Grottaferrata and/or a winery.

Ostia is closed on Mondays
Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 525 €;
minivan (4 persons) 550 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 600 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 650 €.
Nemi's strawberries

Rates for these tours include:
pick up and drop off at the hotel, full-day excursion (8 hours approx.) driving guide, vehicle, motorway tolls and fuel.

Additional time, over the 8 hours, will be charged 50 Euros per hour (any vehicle).

Rates do not include:

Lunch, drinks, personal purchases or any thing not specifically listed as included.

Driving times:

Rome to Ostia: 40'

Ostia to Castelgandolfo: 45’

Roman Castles to Rome:  45’

 

 
 

Ostia and Tivoli

Excursion to Ostia, and Tivoli.

Located at the mouth of the Tiber river, only a half-hour drive from Rome. We go there first, and after visiting the excavations and stopping at the Castle of Julius II, we get back on the motorway to drive to Tivoli. We can stop on the way to have lunch somewhere nice, Depending on how we'll be doing time wise we could stop at a nice place called "Sora Rosa" on the Old Appian Way or even in Castelgandolfo. We return to Rome after visiting Villa D'Este in Tivoli.

Ostia Antica - The Forum

Tivoli and Ostia are closed on Mondays

Restaurant "Sora Rosa" near the Old Appian Way

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 525 €;
minivan (4 persons) 550 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 600 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 650 €.

Driving times:

Rome to Ostia: 40'

Ostia to Tivoli: 1 hr

Tivoli to Rome:  45’

 
 

Fiuggi, Trisulti, Alatri and Fumone

A very special day off the beaten path! 

You’ll not find many tourists in these places. The area is called “Ciociaria” and the name comes from the special shoes called “cioce” (practically sheep skin wrapped up around the feet and tight by a string) that the local people used to wear. We leave from your hotel at 8:00 a.m. and drive to Fiuggi. This is a lovely little town famous for its mineral waters since the 14th century, when they healed  The towns of Collepardo and Fumone seen from the road to Trisulti
The entrance to the mineral water estabilishment in Fiuggi

Pope Boniface VIII from his kidney stones. Later, even Italy's most venerated artist, Michelangelo drank Fiuggi's water to get rid of "the only stone he couldn't love". Fiuggi today consists of two different towns: the old medieval town, once called Anticoli Campagna, on the hilltop and the modern town in the valley, which developed to offer hospitality to those who want to benefit from the springs, is called Fiuggi Fonte.  Fiuggi Fonte is a lovely, pleasant modern town which really stands out amongst all the other places in the area. No narrow streets or steps to climb, but rather wide, flat streets sided by modern hotels, fashionable shops and outdoor cafés where you can have some cappuccino with the special cookies they make there.

From Fiuggi we drive up the mountains to reach the medieval Abbey of Trisulti, once pharmacy, where the monks still make very good liqueurs, honey and chocolate that  people from the villages all around go and buy there. We should try to get there no later than 11:30 am for they close at 12:00 noon. Than we come back down from mountains and normally there is enough time to make a stop in Alatri. This town is well known for its Cyclopean Walls. Walls which were built before the foundation of Rome using no mortar, simply stacking up stone block weigh several tons. Trisulti Abbey
The gate into Fumone

It's in fact the weight and the size of the blocks that made the people in the middle ages fantasize about the legendary one-eyed giants building them! Finally we'll stop for lunch in Fumone or in its vicinity. Fumone is a splendid uncontaminated (except for a big communication tower) medieval town which appears in front of our eyes just like it did to the medieval pilgrim travel from to Rome to visit the sacred places of Christianity. Fumone is dominated by its millenary castle where the only Pope who ever resigned, Celestin V, was imprisoned and then killed. The castle can be visited, but the guide doesn't speak English and so I'll have to act as your interpreter.We will finally drive by Lake Canterno on the way back to Rome.

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 525 €;
minivan (4 persons) 550 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 600 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 650 €.

The" Saracena" gate in the Cyclopean Walls of Segni

Driving times:
Rome to Fiuggi: 1hr

Fiuggi to Trisulti: 35’hr

Trisulti to Alatri: 20'

Alatri to Fumone: 20'

Fumone to Rome: 1hr

 

Day trips:

excursions to other famous cities and tourist attractions in Italy 10/12-hour days

Rates for these day trips include:
pick up and drop off at the hotel, driving guide, vehicle, tolls and fuel.

Rates do not include:

Lunch, drinks, personal purchases or any thing not specifically listed as included.

These are excursion to other Italian regions:

Campania, Tuscany and Umbria, they require a full, 10/12-hour, day.

 
 

Florence in one day

Drive to Florence from Rome to tour the cradle of the Renaissance.

Once in the city of Florence you will be taken to see all the major highlights, such as Piazzale Michelangelo (panorama of the city), Piazza della Signoria, The Duomo (Cathedral), Santa Croce (the church where Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante and other famous Florentines are buried and the famous leather school of Florence was started by the Franciscan Monks), the Accademia Museum (that's where Michelangelo's David is kept), Ponte Vecchio etc.. Maybe you'll want to use your time in Florence to sightsee and/or shop, but in case you like to taste the famous Florentine cuisine and Chianti wine I'll be glad to suggest a good and handy restaurant. We'll leave Florence between 4:30 or 5:00 pm and will reach Rome in the evening.

Florence - Ponte Vecchio bridge

The Cathedral of Florence

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 700 €;
minivan (4 persons) 750 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 800 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 850 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome to Florence: 2hr 30'

Florence to Rome: 2hr 30'

Total for the day: 12

 
 

Pompeii

One day excursion to Pompeii from Rome.

We leave from your hotel around 8:00 a.m. and drive to Pompeii. A stop can be made on the way there to visit a famous Cameo Factory and see the old artisans make cameos the same way the Greeks where making them 3000 years ago. This short stop also gives you the opportunity to stretch your legs and taste the famous Neapolitan Espresso coffee and the Sfogliatella pastry at the nearby coffee shop. We arrive in Pompeii to visit the famous excavations at about 11:00 a.m.. Unfortunately, though I would love to guide personally my clients through the ruins, I am not allowed to do so. The Mount Vesuvius seen from Sorrento
Pompeii - The ruins of the basilica (court house)

They have local guides there and they are the only ones who have the permit for guiding through Pompeii's ruins. The cost for hiring a local guide is about 100 Euros, for a group up to 6 people, and the tour lasts nearly 2 hours. The alternative to hiring a personal guide is the audio guide, a sort of portable CD player that one takes along and activates once he arrives to the spot marked on the map, that comes with, it and tells the story of the particular site that moment he's looking at. After the tour and eventually a lunch break at one of the local pizzerias, we return to Rome.

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 600 €;
minivan (4 persons) 640 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 690 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 725 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome/rest stop (Cameo Factory): 2hr

Cameo Factory to Pompeii: 20'

Pompeii to Rome: 2hr15'

Total for the day: 10

 
 

Pompeii and Sorrento

One day excursion to Pompeii and Sorrento

We leave from your hotel around 8:00 a.m. and drive to Sorrento first. Sorrento is a lovely resort area at the tip of the homonymous peninsula which separates the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno. The drive to Sorrento offers unforgettable panoramas. Driving along the winding road, built on spectacular overhanging cliffs, the isle of Capri, the city of Naples and the mount Vesuvius appear in front of your eyes. On the way to Sorrento, we can make a stop to visit a famous Cameo Factory and see the old artisans at work making cameos the same way the Greeks where making here them 3000 years ago. This short stop gives us the opportunity to stretch our legs and taste the famous Neapolitan Espresso coffee and the Sfogliatella pastry The port of Sorrento
Sorrento - The coast  at the nearby coffee shop. Arriving in Sorrento about one hour can be spent walking around its narrow streets and looking at the colorful shops selling typical products like Limoncello liqueur, inlaid wooden furniture, embroidery and ceramics. Sorrento is also a good place for a nice, typical seafood based lunch by the sea in a good restaurants right on top of the wonderful cliffs or down by the seashore for a rather moderate price. Leaving Sorrento in the early afternoon, we drive to Pompeii to visit the famous excavations. Unfortunately, though I would love to guide
personally my clients through the ruins, I am not allowed to do so. They have local guides there and they are the only ones who have the permit for guiding through Pompeii's ruins. The cost for hiring a local guide is about 100 Euros, for a group up to 6 people, and the tour lasts nearly 2 hours. The alternative to hiring a personal guide is the audio guide, a sort of portable CD player that one takes along and activates once he arrives to the spot marked on the map, that comes with it, and tells the story of the particular site that moment he's looking at. After visiting Pompeii we return to Rome to arrive there in the early evening. Pompeii - The Forum
Donadio Cameo Factory

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 700 €;
minivan (4 persons) 750 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 800 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 850 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome to Cameo Factory (pit stop): 2hr

Cameo Factory to Sorrento: 40'

Sorrento to Pompeii: 40'

Pompeii to Rome: 2hr15

Total for the day: 12

 
 

Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri

Only from June through September, when there's enough daylight...

This tour is practically the same as the one described above to Sorrento and Pompeii, but in the Summer we can manage to squeeze in a short excursion to the beautiful island of Capri. We drive to Sorrento and board the hydrofoil to Capri, return to Sorrento in the early afternoon and stop to visit the excavations of Pompeii on the way back to Rome. Return to Rome in the evening. In Capri I work in collaboration with a local Taxi Driver who has been able to perfectly upkeep a Vintage FIAT from the 60's, also a Stretch Convertible, which is very cute and much better suits the "Dolce Vita" atmosphere of the island, rather than a newer car. Gwtting into the "Blue Grotto"
The most beautiful taxi in Capri  

He also speaks English, and is a nice courteous person. All the other Taxi Drivers use a special FIAT Stretch Convertible New Car, car for 7 passengers. Going to Capri, one thing you'll want to see is the "Blue Grotto". Normally tourists are routed on a big boat which from the Marina Grande goes to the Grotto, once they get to the grotto they have to wait to be transported to smaller boats that fit its entrance, and once they are done they are brought back to the bigger boat to go back to the port. This takes a couple of hours.

The best alternative to go there by car, you save the time taking trip by boat and the wait outside of the entrance to the Grotto. The charge for the tour of the island is 150 Euros. You'll be driven to the different sites and picked up again at a set time than driven to the next place. Few people know you can drive to the Grotto and get tricked with the big boat, this way you can visit the grotto in 1hr rather than 2-3 without waiting a long time. Once you are done with the grotto, you will be taken to Anacapri and Town of Capri Itself. Bule Grotto in Capri

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 700 €;
minivan (4 persons) 750 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 800 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 850 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome to Cameo Factory (pit stop): 2hr

Cameo Factory to Sorrento: 40'

Sorrento to Capri by boat: 30' each way

Sorrento to Pompeii: 40'

Pompeii to Rome: 2hr15'

Total for the day: 12

 
 

Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano

Another tour for the High Summer, when you have more daylight!

This is almost exactly the same as the tour to Sorrento and Pompeii but, in this case, before going to Sorrento we do a little side trip on the famous Amalfi drive. We reach as far as Positano and spend some time there.  After visiting Positano we drive to Sorrento to be there in time for lunch. In the early afternoon we leave Sorrento and stop to visit the excavations of Pompeii on the way back to Rome. Return to Rome in the evening. Positano - View of the town.

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 700 €;
minivan (4 persons) 750 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 800 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 850 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome to Cameo Factory (pit stop): 2hr

Cameo Factory to Positano: 40'

Positano to Sorrento: 30'

Sorrento to Pompeii: 40'

Pompeii to Rome: 2hr15'

Total for the day: 12

 
 

Assisi and Umbria

One day excursion to Assisi from Rome

Visit the famous city of St. Francis in the heart of Umbria. Gorgeous countryside.

Return to Rome in the evening.

The trip to Assisi is a great opportunity to see the famous Umbria, the region of Italy that rivals with Tuscany for the beauty of the countryside. The drive to Assisi from Rome takes about two hours and one gets to see some breathtaking panoramas. Umbria, the green heart of Italy they call it and it really is lush! Assisi was, in the pre-roman age influenced by the nearby Etruscans. Asisium was its name as it became a Roman municipality. The martyr Rufino introduced the Christian faith the 3rd century A.D.. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Assisi was sacked by the Goths and later recaptured by the Byzantines. Subject to Spoleto, it flourished again during the 11th and 12th centuries as an independent township, though it was troubled by wars. Subdued by Barbarossa, it was here that Federico II was educated. St. Francis and St. Claire were born here during this period (St. Francis 1181, St. Claire 1193).
From the 16th century to 1860, except for the brief Napoleonic period, it was part of the Papal States.Stone-cutters and masons gave Assisi an incomparable appearance, and time seems to have stopped before its beauty. Its narrow streets between buildings built with in the typical local stone called Pietra Subasia with their red tile roofs make you think
The Church of Saint Francis in Assisi
you’ve been traveling in a time-machine, rather than in a in normal car, to get there. Arriving in Assisi we stop to see the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which is at the bottom of the hill, and than climb to the town to visit St. Claire’s . After lunch we visit St. Francis’. Wanting to see more of Umbria in one day, the visit of Assisi can be limited to the church of St. Francis and a stroll through the typical streets, so the rest of the day can be spent visiting Deruta, famous for its ceramics, Todi and Orvieto. View of Orvieto

Rates per vehicle for this excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 630 €;
minivan (4 persons) 665 €;
minivan (6/7 persons) 700 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 750 €.

Each additional hour: 58, 62, 66, 70 Euros.

Driving times:
Rome to Assisi: 2hr

Assisi to Rome: 2hr

Assisi to Deruta: 20'

Deruta to Todi: 20'

Todi to Orvieto: 30'

Orvieto to Rome: 1hr 10'

Total for the day: 10