CARLO'S DAY TRIPS FROM ROME
TOUR 1: UMBRIA Exploring Ancient Orvieto
Morning departure for ORVIETO (one hour drive), city of Etruscan origin dramatically perched atop volcanic rock. Stroll through the charming streets of the city lined with artisans shops where ceramic and woodwork is displayed. Visit the magnificent Gothic style cathedral whose construction began in the 1300's and ended some 300 years after. It is considered the masterpiece of architect Lorenzo Maitani, with gilded mosaics, sculptures, and bas relief recounting stories from the bible.
For the more energetic, take a walk down the 15th century Pozzo di San Patrizio, a unique example of engineering with two spiral staircases seven stories below which never cross each other.
Late Lunch either outside the city at an Agriturismo farm, or in a typical trattoria.
Scenic drive return by way of Civita Bagnoregio
TOUR 2: UMBRIA Assisi
On the footsteps of St Francis, visit mystical ASSISI center including the magnificent Basilica of San Francesco and Giotto's frescoes. Stroll around the ancient stone town full of historic churches, restaurants and shops.
Lunch in center or at a local farm on the ourskirts of the town.
Return to Rome and stop en route in Deruta, Italy's largest ceramic center.
TOUR 3: TARQUINIA- Etruscan Tombs and Museum
Tarquinia (1.5 hr drive north of Rome) is known for its Etruscan tombs just outside town and its excellent Etruscan Museum. The town also has a medieval center and the Cathedral has interesting frescoes dating from 1508.
TOUR 4: SERMONETA and Gardens of Ninfa
One hour south of Rome is the Ninfa property, spectacular English-style gardens and park covering 100 hectares of land and including the ruins of the ancient town of Ninfa. The private gardens are open to the public only on certain days on: the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from April to October; and on the third Sunday in April, May and June.