I just got back from Italy and took a lot of day trips from Rome. I stayed at a friend's house/apt. who lives in central Rome. I was lucky that my local friends planned a lot of day trips out of the city for me. One tour I would recommend is a bus trip from Rome to Pompeii which included a tour of the ruins, a great lunch, then a double deck bus tour of Naples. You leave the city early, and return around 7:30 pm. There was a multiple casualty crash on the freeway heading back to Rome, the delay added 1 1/2 hours to the trip.
Personally, after some time in Rome, I liked having another base nearby Naples (for a few overnights) instead of trying to see Pompeii and Naples in one day, which wouldn't do Naples justice. I know some folks may not have enough time for two bases, but I think it's preferable if one can swing it. How much time did you actually have in Rome itself?
I had about 9 days at a friends home. Free place to stay, too hard to pass up, plus it was a great place. I didn't mind the trains, buses, whatever it took .
We had four days in Rome and I researched a trip to Villa d'Este. It looked great, but we just couldn't fit it in. Perhaps it would fit into your schedule, check it out. Hank, Novato CA
Interesting. We'll be in Italy about a week - give or take - starting in Rome and working our way to Nice. I've been waffling about the idea of doing a day trip to Naples and/or Pompeii. A bus tour sounds interesting, but unless it was a really nice charter bus with AC and a smooth, steady ride, I'd get SICK!
(A few years ago I had to ride a bus for about an hour through the French countryside, and I almost hurled. I was apple green by the time we got to our destination and was ready to walk ANYWHERE rather than get back on a bus!)
Lisa, according to your other post, you're only allowing 2 full days for Rome. Taking 1 of them for Pompeii means missing a lot of the Eternal City. I usually recommend a minimum of 4 nights/3.5 days just to scratch the surface.