The ancient harbour town of Ostia Antica is a popular excursion destination for Romans seeking rest and recreation, especially during the warm summer months.
It is not so much the archaeological sites of the old port, but the wonderful beaches that attract tourists to Ostia Antica. The Lido de Ostia stretches over several kilometres, and although generally quite full, there are always places where you can relax in peace.
From the car rental office in Rome you can reach the beaches just outside the city in less than an hour. Hire a car to experience Rome and its surrounding countryside, where a wide-range of leisure activities is on offer. After a busy day of sightseeing and shopping, you can relax on the beach promenade.
Excursions by car: explore Rome's Gran Sasso National Park
A little more than two hours by car from Rome lies one of the most beautiful national parks in Italy. High peaks and green valleys invite you to go hiking in nature at its best. It is not surprising that the Gran Sasso National Park is nicknamed Little Tibet – on account of its physical geography and the atmosphere it radiates being so reminiscent of the Himalayan original.
By hiring a car you gain the freedom to explore Rome and its beautiful surroundings flexibly at your leisure. Take the car from Rome to L'Aquila: at the Assergi exit you join a small winding road that meanders through the Gran Sasso National Park. In the spring and summer this is even more enjoyable in a cabriolet or roadster.
The birthday of a city: experience Rome in a hire car
On the 21 April the Romans celebrate the birthday of their city with many events and a large fireworks display on Piazza del Campidoglio. If you visit Rome by car on this occasion, you will discover stages everywhere and can enjoy live music. The varied programme also includes traditional competitions and many theatre performances. Admission to Rome's museums and monuments is free on the city's birthday. If you are in Rome in a hire car, you should drive up one of Rome’s hills to gain a wonderful view of the city and the fireworks above the Tiber. Another rewarding excursion is driving to Aventine Hill, illuminated by thousands of candles at night.