We have created some amazing Day Trips so that you can enjoy this beautiful area of Italy; we feel there is something for everyone. All the trips are unique experiences.
All Day Trips cost 250 Euro which include transport and guide but exclude all food.
Our trips will depart around 9.30am and return to the Casale around 6.30pm, with the exception of the Caserta trip which will be a later start and dinner will be eaten out.
Exploring Rome – The Eternal City
Your reception can start with champagne and canapés by the swimming pool, after which our 9 metre long table, which fills our beautiful covered outdoor terrace, will be the venue for your wedding banquet. Overlooking the olive groves and mountains beyond, the stunning scenery creates endless opportunities for capturing those wonderful memories in photographs.
You will be given a full guided tour of the all the main sights of Rome, plus some delightful surprises that most tourists would not see. Joe takes you on a logical route by car and foot so that you gain a real feel of this amazing city. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant where the Romans eat.
Tivoli | Villa D’Este & Villa Gregoriana
This is a must for anyone who enjoys gardens. The Villa D’Este is the home of the famous water gardens that are just extraordinary and if you have not already visited, the fountains truly are not to be missed. At the other end of the Town lies the Villa Gregoriana which is a natural park and gorge with spectacular waterfalls. Lunch will be taken at Sibilla, my personal favourite restaurant and which is one of the finest in Lazio. It has been frequented by many royals going back to the 1700’s.
Ninfa Gardens and Sperlonga
Ninfa is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. It is quite organic and eclectic – Monty Don and the New York Times have described it as “the most romantic garden in the world”. Once you have toured the gardens and experienced this delight you will be visit Sperlonga, a seaside town dating back to the Roman times, built up on a cliff. The town was renowned for holidays by the Romans and movie stars of the 60’s and it is said that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor started their famous love affair here when they were filming Cleopatra in Rome.
This trip is limited and has got to be booked in advance, as Ninfa only opens at certain times of the year. If a private tour is booked there is the extra cost of 250 euro.
Caserta in Reggia | Visiting the Royal Palace & Pizza Restaurant with a Difference
The Royal Palace at Caserta is the largest Palace in Europe and is truly impressive. It also has spectacular gardens, including a delightful English garden which was featured on one of Monty Don’s garden tours of Italy. This trip is taken slightly later as you will have dinner at Pepe e Grani – an experience not to be missed! It is a pizza restaurant with a difference and has been voted the best pizza in the world! You can enjoy a tasting menu of pizza and all I can say is, it is DELICIOUS!
Herculaneum and Naples
Everyone has heard of Pompeii, the famous ruins of the town destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Herculaneum was the town next to Pompeii which was also covered. It is the smaller of the two towns and there is more to see, as it is better preserved. When Joe and I have done this trip, we then carry on a short distance to Naples, which we really like, it is vibrant and lively, plus there is the L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, the birthplace of the original Margherita Pizza. Wow, it is good pizza! There is usually a queue to get in. This is the place where Julia Roberts ate Pizza in the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and you have got to try it. It’s simple, and the best Margherita ever.
Castel Gandolfo is a picturesque town in the hills near Rome. It has some wonderful shops and it sits on the lip of a huge volcanic crater lake. In the summer it becomes a beach-like destination. Castel Gandolfo is the home of the Summer residence of the Pope. 2020 saw the residence open to the public as Pope Francesco does not use it – it may not be open to the public forever, so it is a must to see now. You will also visit the amazing gardens, spanning around 100 acres. If you watch the film ‘The Two Popes’ (on Netflix), it will give you a flavour of this lovely place. Lunch will be taken in a unique, quirky restaurant called Arte e Vino followed by ice cream or coffee by the side of the lake.
A Coastal Day Out
Explore the coastline between Rome and the Neapolitan peninsula. Only an hour away from the Casale lie miles upon miles of beautiful beaches and this day out gives you a flavour of three of the best Coastal Towns. Starting the day in Sperlonga, meander through the delightful small streets, with lovely shops and stop in the bustling piazza for your Aperol Spritz before travelling back up the coast to Terracina, where you will enjoy lunch at one of the fish cooperatives. There are always queues but so worth it. After lunch, it’s on to San Felice, a beautiful coastal town with a nice port and a gorgeous old town.
The Local Area Tour
This is a special day out, as it features most of the Medieval towns that are closest to the Casale. Steeped in history, all are unspoilt and beautiful in different ways. You may not even see another tourist. You will start by visiting Fumone, a fortified hilltop town with the highest garden in Europe, then you will tour Alatri with its pre-Roman walls, before stopping off for lunch at a wonderful local Deli before continuing to Fiuggi, the Spa town. You will then continue to Subiaco up in the mountains to visit a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 4th century.
All the above tours are subject to availability and it is strongly advisable to book before you arrive.