After a few days in Rome you will be ready for something totally different, something more quiet off the beaten-track experience. Then this day trip works perfectly for you!
Leaving Rome at 9:00am after a few scenic stops for a picture along the way, you will reach the small medieval village of Calcata, located just 45 minutes north of Rome, it’s a typical Italian borgo or hill town. Perched on a volcanic hill overlooking a wooded valley, this small medieval settlement is a low-key attraction which offers a rare taste of an “alternative Italy”. According to accounts of the nearby archaeological settlement of Narce it was an important Faliscan centre (Falisci was ancient Italian tribe who lived in what is today southern Tuscany and northern Latium since the XIII century BC). Calcata today is one of the best kept & characteristic picturesque medieval villages in this area, with it’s narrow alley ways winding around small houses and ancient cellars, it hosts with a bohemian soul inhabited by artists. After Calcata it’s back on the road with a nice drive through the area of “Tuscia Romana” which straddles southern Tuscany and northern Lazio reaching the lake of Bracciano, this is one of the largest volcanic lakes in Italy and it’s here we will find the little fishing village of Trevignano Romano, a popular getaway destination for the Romans still today. This picturesque village lies on the northern side of the lake and is adorned with a wonderful medieval quarter, it’s home to the ruins of a medieval fortress. There is also beautiful promenade that gives you access to the many outdoor cafes, pastry shops and tempting restaurants overlooking the lake where you will be able to enjoy a nice lunch with great local wine and home made pasta. After lunch a walk through the medieval section of the village and a good gelato are a must! Back to Rome by 5:00pm.