Travel Agony Aunt received the following question from a traveler planning a relaxing break in the region of Rome, Italy:
Dear Travel Agony Aunt,
My husband and I are coming to Rome next week and are planning a weekend out of the city. Can you suggest a nice place to visit which can be not too tiring? Thanks for your help!
Martine, age 53, from France
I’m so happy you’re asking this question, because I’m back from a lovely weekend in the Tuscia region in the northern part of Lazio and it was just amazing! We stayed in a nice hotel at Lake Bolsena, in the province of Viterbo, about 90 miles from Rome and took different day trips to neighboring sites. Fortunately the area is still not an extremely popular tourist destination and thus it was not too crowded. Having said that, getting around by public transportation is not really an option and you have to rent a car.
On the shore of the lake there are many interesting small villages rich of history and tradition like Montefiascone or Marta. From Bolsena it is also very easy to reach Orvieto, a beautiful Umbrian city surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of vineyards and fields. Also worth a mention is the city of Civita di Bagnoregio, a medieval town that can be reached only on foot. The complete absence of cars makes the atmosphere almost unreal.
In August there are some really fascinating local festivals and events that are worth checking out, like the Bolsena fish festival and the Montefiascone wine festival. This little town is famous for its excellent wine Est! Est! Est! and the festival takes place during the first three weeks of August. Maybe you are still in time to attend the event! For the occasion many cellars of the historic center are open to visitors and you have the chance to sample delicious local products.
My weekend was not tiring and I also enjoyed a relaxing afternoon by the lake, cooling off in its exceptionally clean waters.
I hope you have a nice journey and enjoy yourself. Just follow my travel tips and you should be fine!