Just an hour southeast from the crowds, the excitement, the sights of Rome is the peaceful Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani. Take the FL4 train from Rome to Velletri. From there it's a short taxi ride to the heart of the park.With your hiking gear, a couple of days of food, and your camping gear, you can explore the high woodlands, hills and small farming villages. Keep your eyes open for a wild boar. Lago Albano and Lago di Nemi are beautiful volcanic lakes well worth a visit (and a dip).
Level of Difficulty: Medium (if you're going to bivvy).
What to pack: Warm clothes (check the weather forecast!), hiking shoes, woolly hat, headtorch, raingear, sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag.
Best time to go: late spring or early summer.
The centre of Europe for centuries, Rome is the perfect destination for lovers of history, sophistication and good food. If it’s culture, history and a healthy dose of style that you are after, then look no further than Italy’s capital Rome. The centre of the once mighty Roman Empire and the home of Roman Catholicism has more than enough impressive sights to feast your eyes on for days.
Whether it’s art and history, Italian designer shops, or some mouthwatering cuisine that takes your fancy, Rome has more than enough on offer. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Rome has to be the world’s biggest open-air museum. This is a place where awe-inspiring Roman remains battle with Renaissance churches and opulent fountains for your attention. The architecture here is mind-blowing, with a kaleidoscope of Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings sprinkled throughout the city centre. How about starting with the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Roman Forum? Or perhaps the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps?
Put aside for a minute the ancient sights, galleries full of priceless artworks and museums bursting with the heritage of the western world and you’ll find a modern city full of noisy Vespas, chic little bistros, designer shops and trendy bars and clubs. A perfect marriage of old and new, Rome will delight visitors of all ages.