All Roads Lead to Rome

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All Roads Lead to Rome

Italy is a beautiful country, that’s for sure, and whether you choose to visit one particular area, or you head off and see a few, you’re sure to experience some seriously jaw-dropping scenery, as well as a warm Italian welcome. Sample some of that delicious cuisine at the same time, and you have an adventure like no other!

Packed with cities that scream for your attention, there’s no denying that Rome is the most famous. There aren’t many people who don’t have this city on their bucket list, and with ancient sights such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, The Forum, and Vatican City, to name just a few, it’s no wonder this is a city which is bustling no matter what month of the year.

Public transport in and around Rome is easy to use and frequent, however it is busy, and if you want a more chilled out way to travel, then heading off on your own steam is perhaps the best way to go. Road tripping in and around Rome is a fantastic way to see the city and the surrounding countryside, and you could even take it a step further and head to a few further afield destinations, drive your way back or towards Rome before or afterwards. Designing your own bespoke trip is the way to go!

If you’re looking to use Rome as a springboard for exploring a variety of destinations in Italy, hiring a car when you arrive in Rome could be a great way to start. If you drive east along the A24 autostrada, in just over an hour you’ll be in Abruzzo, which is a completely different experience from the hustle and bustle of the city. The drive is breath-taking, through winding roads, overlooked by the Apennines’ highest peak, Como Grande, at almost 3000m high. This is certainly one for the camera!

The foothills of Sabina are another great area to visit very close to the city, and this drive showcases the countryside just outside of Rome, which is often forgotten by city-goers. You will visit quaint and beautiful Terni as part of this drive, as well as driving around Lake Albano, through Macigliano Natural Reserve, towards the summit of towering Mount Terminillo, and over to Amatrice. This is a very calm drive, passing by olive groves and small towns and villages.

Of course, you could go further afield and visit some of the other famous spots in Italy, such as the Amalfi Coast, or Tuscany. Tuscany is a foodie’s dream, and if you’re a wine lover, this is the place for you! The countryside around here is rolling and serene, and a road trip through this region will take you past vineyards and various gastronomical delights. The Amalfi Coast on the other hand is a different beast entirely, and one which will take you a little long to reach. Is it worth it? Definitely!

Put simply, exploring Italy on two wheels is a must do, and when you start or end your journey in the stunning city of Rome, you have a true experience to remember.

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