A wild five days drive from Rome to Genoa

And To Milan By Train

A wild five days drive from Rome to Genoa with the family.

 

Embarking on an exciting and adventurous journey, my family and I. The road trip from the stunning and historically-rich city of Rome to the enchanting coastal city of Genoa. 

 

With each day comes an exhilarating new experience as we drive through breathtaking landscapes and charming towns, taking in the beauty of the countryside and relishing in the joy of spending quality time together.

 

As we cruise along the winding roads, we bask in the Italian sunshine and indulge in the local cuisine, stopping for delicious meals at quaint little taverns along the way. The trip is filled with laughter, mishap and wonderful memories that we will cherish forever.

 

The drive may be long and challenging at times, but it is absolutely worth it as we witness magnificent views, explore the fascinating culture and history of the region, and create unforgettable moments with one another. This family road trip truly is an adventure of a lifetime that I will never forget.

It all starts with good planning.

A wild five day drive from Rome to Genoa, started with my son spending almost 3 weeks planning this trip and making a few changes to the route while discussing it with his brother who lives in another province.

 

Despite the challenges, he did an excellent job and we had a fun but tiring vacation. In the future, we plan to rent a place and explore by car or train. During the trip, my 9-year-old grandson walked 10 miles on the first day without complaining and even enjoyed dessert at an outdoor café when he got tired. 

 

Join us as we share our exciting wild five days drive from Rome to Genoa through winding Tuscan roads and medieval cities.

 

Our First Night In Rome..

After reaching the airport, we traveled to Rome by bus. Upon reaching our destination, we secured a locker to store our suitcases and waited for our accommodations to become available. Regrettably, we had to wait till the next day to get our rental car.

Rome
Colosseum

 Rome is the capital city

Rome is the only city in the world that has another country inside it. Nestled on the west bank of the River Tiber, Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent state covering an area of just 44 hectares. The Vatican is governed by the Pope and has a population of just over 800. It also has its own army, its own currency, and its own post office!

 

Marvel at the Colosseum

Rome’s tenacity is best illustrated in its ancient monuments, remarkably intact nearly 2000 years on. Debuting in 80 AD, the behemoth 50,000-seat Colosseum famously hosted frenzied spectators who would watch gladiators facing off against each other or wild animals. 

More than any other monument, this iconic amphitheatre symbolizes the power and drama of ancient Rome, and still today, it’s an electrifying sight.

No photograph can prepare you for the thrill of seeing it for the first time. But at night with the lights it is spectacular

 

 

Make a wish at Trevi Fountain.

We stop at Rome’s largest and most famous water feature, the flashy Trevi Fountain at night.

It’s an unforgettable sight any time of the day but is particularly spellbinding after dark when it’s all lit up. It is really beautiful to see it and not in a movie !!

The Trevi Fountain is a stunning Baroque masterpiece that draws millions of visitors every year to admire its sculptures and throw coins into its waters.

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trevi fountain

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You can definitely do your laundry, but keep in mind that it may take around 4 hours for your clothes to fully dry.

 

The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and, since 609 AD, a Catholic church in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. It was rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated to c. 126 AD. 

 

Its date of construction is uncertain because Hadrian chose not to inscribe the new temple but rather to retain the inscription of Agrippa’s older temple, which had burned down.

Built more than 1800 years ago, the magnificent Pantheon still stands as a reminder of the great Roman Empire. The name Pantheon refers to the building’s original function as a temple for all the gods.

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La tua casa nel centro di Roma

When booking a hotel, it’s best to pay right away to avoid potentially higher exchange rates depending on your arrival date. 

 

During our previous trip, we reserved a place at a certain price, but upon arrival, we were charged an additional $30. 

 

We learned that paying during the reservation process is advisable as exchange rates can fluctuate daily.

Our Second Day In Roma before leaving for Viterbo.

Chiesa di San Alfonso

The church is one of the rare examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in Rome. It is one of the last papal churches of Rome, although the Redemptorists have possession of the church and its related complex.

 

It was built between 1855 and 1859, and designed by the Scottish architect George Wigley. The facade made of brick and travertine features three doors. In the central tympanum of the door, there is a polychrome mosaic.

 

The interior decorations, rich with marble, from the end of the nineteenth century, are by the Bavarian painter.

The exterior has a nice little courtyard.

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Chiesa di San Alfonso garden

Stroll through Piazza Navona.

For sheer heart-stopping beauty, nowhere in Rome can top Piazza Navona. 


Set atop an ancient Roman arena in the heart of the historical center, the piazza is the very picture of elegant baroque styling with its three ornamental fountains, domed church and handsome palazzi (mansions). Adding to the spectacle are the ringside cafes and ever-present street artists. Also, you will find a cute little toy store.


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Roma Cat Sanctuary

The Roma Cat Sanctuary is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of felines in need. This sanctuary is an outstanding place that offers a safe and loving environment for cats that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. 


With the help of a caring team of volunteers, the Roma Cat Sanctuary provides food, shelter, medical care, and lots of love to cats that would otherwise be left to their own devices. They have created a nurturing atmosphere that allows cats to thrive and provides them with the attention and affection they need to recover from past traumas. 


The Roma Cat Sanctuary also promotes spaying and neutering to reduce the feral cat population and prevent animal suffering. By supporting this innovative and important sanctuary, you can help make a difference in the lives of countless cats in need.


Cat Rescue center
The place the cats lives
There are cats wandering around outside the Old Roman ruin.
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The cats have the freedom to move in and out of the house as they please.

Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus
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Circus Maximus refers to the quintessential ancient Roman arena that served as a venue for chariot races and various other public spectacles. 

The arena, which dates back to the 6th century BC, was a massive structure that could accommodate more than 250,000 spectators at its peak. 

It stood as the grandest and the largest surviving monument to Rome’s passion for public entertainment that was used for more than a millennium. 

Circus Maximus was not just a racing track; it was a social hub where the commoners unwound and various entertainers performed to delight the audience.

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Walking Around Rome

The Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill At the top of Palatine Hill, you will have access to this cave and ruins of the residences of historical figures such as Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
Bsilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin
The Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin or de Schola Graeca) is a minor basilica church in Rome, Italy. It is located in the rione of Ripa.
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The Mouth of Truth The name "Mouth of Truth", originated in 1485, is linked to a curious and fascinating medieval legend, according to which the mouth could bite the hand of liars. The tradition was widespread among jealous husbands, who brought their wives to the monument: after introducing their hand, women had to declare that they had not committed adultery.
Best artisan Gelato
Best artisan Gelato
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Artisan Gelato
ST.Angelo Bridge
St.Angelo Bridge

We're headed to Viterbo for the next part of our journey.

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LL Giardino delle Camelia

This is a great place to stay! It’s very clean and has three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

 

It’s perfect for a group of six. The kitchen is well-stocked with food and coffee, and there are even some little goodies available.

 

The view was amazing.

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Late at night, we arrived in Viterbo, Italy and found our way to the B&B. To enter the walled center of the city, one must pass through the ancient gates. 

 

We walked through a tunnel and took an elevator up the hill. Even though it was dark, we managed to navigate through the small streets to reach our destination.

 

The entrance to the walled center of the city is through ancient gates, this place is incredible. If you glance upwards, you can see the towering wall that encircles the city.

 

Visiting this place you will have the impression of taking a trip back in time: the medieval districts have practically remained intact.

 

The Medieval Districts are truly a sight to behold. As you stroll down this street, you’ll be surrounded by a succession of beautiful medieval buildings.

 

I am excited to see this place during the day.

Destinations

Vertibo & Bomarzo

Montepulciano & Pienza

Siena & San Gimignano

Pisa & Portovenere

Genova & Milan

10 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, those photos are gorgeous. Those photos of Rome at night are really stunning. That is a quite a long trip which I didn’t realise until I checked your map. I would be very much at home in the cat sanctuary. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It looks like a fun journey! I love Italy, and I can not wait to visit again. I love your pictures too; very inspirational.

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