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'...[the Campagne Romana] is the aptest and fittest burial ground for the Dead City. So sad, so quiet, so secret in its covering up of great masses of ruin.'
CHARLES DICKENS Pictures from Italy (1846)
Excursions from the City
Just as all roads lead to Rome, they also lead from it. To escape the chaos, crowds or summer heat dozens of destinations are within easy reach.Heading south are the fascinating excavations of Ostia Antica; further towards Naples are the sandy beaches of Sperlonga and Gaeta. To the southeast the Castelli Romani offer a fine combination of history and gastronomy, while to the northwest the tombs of the Etruscans are waiting to be discovered. Viterbo, to the north, offers medieval charm, hot springs and Renaissance architectural extravagances, while you can only marvel at the extensive ruins of Hadrian's villa to the northeast. Stopping for lunch at a local trattoria or selecting ingredients for a gourmet picnic is half the fun. But beware if you are driving, especially on Sundays. Romans are addicted to what they refer to as the gita fuori porta or day trip out of town and the traffic returning from these outings can be a nightmare.