First off, Rome has plenty to explore within the city limits, combining expansive green spaces with a vast array of architectural wonders that have seen millenia pass by. Just south of the city are the roads of Via Appia Antica and Via Latina, both of which provide access to ancient buildings. Via Latina is smaller and is home to well preserved 2nd century tombs, while there is a greater variety of buildings that include churches and large castle ruins along Via Appia Antica. Dotted around the city are a handful of garden villas, properties that used to belong to the rich and famous of Rome that have been turned into attractive public spaces. The largest of these is Villa Doria Pamphili, while Villa Ada to the city's northeast provides plenty of room to stretch your legs away from the hubbub of tourism.
About 30 km (19 miles) from the sea, you'll find that day trips are possible to a vast number of beach locations. The three closest are Ostia, Nettuno, and Anzio. Ostia is the largest and can be combined with a visit to the vast ruins of Ostia Antica. Nettuno is a charming community with a small old town and an esplanade, while Anzio has an attractive sandbar and some picturesque cliffs to provide a backdrop to your rendevzous with the water. The best beaches, though, are Santa Marinella and Sperlonga. Santa Marinella, although a little further away, is a straight shot from the major train stations in Rome, and includes a well-kept beach that becomes quite crowded with locals on warm weekends. For a more off-the-beaten-path and attractive beach, Sperlonga is a two-plus hour drive (the combination of train and bus needed to get there is somewhat longer). Worth it for the charming piazzas and cobblestoned alleyways that look down on the sea, we suggest paying for a cabana (since very little of the beach is public) and lounging your day away. Also, swimming can be had south of Rome at Lake Albano and to the northwest at Lake Bracciano, which is popular for windsurfing, biking, and sailing.
We'll assume that since the summary you're reading pertains to adventures that you'll appreciate some insight on how to get your heart-rate up a bit. Look no further than east of Rome, where the Appenine mountain chain beckons to those who value a moderate hike and the randomly encountered remains of civilization gone by. Monti Lucretili Natural Park is your closest opportunity, while the Gran Sasso e Monti dela Laga National Park has much higher elevations and plenty of skiing and climbing. Monte Navegna e Monte Cervia Natural Reserve and the National Park of Abruzzo are also a wealth of waterfall hikes, charming and isolated communities, ancient remnants, and a lot more. For more on these parks, consult our included activity pages.
See? Why limit yourself to just a few travel ideas in the city when central Italy has so much more to offer? Consult our trip planner, our travel community, or even our individual adventure pages for a more detailed understanding of what awaits you in and around Rome.