The most beautiful outdoor sights right outside of Rome

Rome has many beautiful places to explore. The entire city itself is an incredible sight. Wherever you go, you’ll see fountains, churches, parks, and just Roman life on the street with all the cafes and bars is simply beautiful. While you mainly read about the Colosseum, the Pantheon and all the Museums. But apart from the traditional must see sights, there are many others that should appear on your checklist because of their history and beauty. Here are a few places that many tourists ignore, although they equal any of the famous landmarks from every point of view.


Villa Hadriana

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One of the less visited places outside of Rome in Tivoli is Villa Hadriana. Here you can view much better intact buildings of the emperor Hadrian. Most of the artifacts found at the Villa Hadriana are now in Museums in Rome, but the buildings offer an incredible look into the luxurious way emperors had lived.

Villa Hadriana boasts several baths, lakes and wonderful buildings. Several hundred people used to work at the villa. The emperor had built a thermal baths just for his employees, which shows what important role the well-being, health and cleanliness of people played during ancient times.  The emperor had his own thermal bath of course, which can still be seen beautifully. There is a wonderful artificial lake with columns and statues surrounding it, which makes for the best pictures. Visiting Villa Hadriana is a must for everybody who enjoys Roman art and culture. It’s a bit difficult to get to, and the easiest way to go to Tivoli is by car, but there are also buses and trains going to Tivoli from the main station (Termini). Plan an entire day.

Villa D’Este

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This is another fantastic site in Tivoli. If you are on a tight schedule in Rome, you should go to Villa Hadriana early morning and then do the afternoon at Villa D’Este. It’s a medieval castle and also a world heritage site. There had been a villa in Roman times already but what you see there today was built in medieval times. The villa’s main attraction are the frescos covering all the walls and ceilings as well as the vast amount of fountains, that make you wonder how they are maintaining the site. There are fountains everywhere and for park and gardening lovers, this must be one of the most amazing places to see.

Villa Borghese

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Located in Rome but a little out of the way, Villa Borghese is a wonderful park and escape from the city. The Villa itself used to be home of diplomats and Italian politicians and is now one of the most spectacular museums. Inside the villa you will find some of the artwork of the biggest Italian painters and sculptors. It’s a small museum and there is not much room, so the only way to visit Villa Borghese is if you reserve tickets. The park surrounding the villa is also phenomenal. Simply go there for a walk it’s similar to many of the famous parks of the world, with gardens flowers, and generously laid out walk ways for people to relax. Be prepared to bring something to eat and drink, as parks in Rome are generally quite an expensive hangout.

Ostea Antica

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Ostea is the old port of Rome. This is an incredibly beautiful archeological sight and a not so well known place to hop in the ocean. The ancient city is very well excavated and a perfect place to just walk around and enjoy the very old buildings. Like nowhere in Rome, you’ll get an insight of the more simple ancient Rome, the old streets, buildings and even unique things like community toilets which were free in Roman times. What’s unique about that is that there were no separation walls built in, and people were often depicted discussing political or business matter while sitting in the public toilets.

The beach is so so, but the best that Rome has to offer, you can easily spend a day there laying in the sun or grabbing coffee somewhere. We recommend that you go to Ostea early and then spend some time at the beach and head over the Ostea Antica in the afternoon when it’s not so hot anymore.

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