We are traveling with 3 pre-teens. Our home base will be Rome for a week were we have scheduled four days. We have three other days in which we would welcome suggestions for easy overnight destinations from Rome. Time of year will be June/July/August. We have already been to Orvieto, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Cortona, Sorrento, and Arezzo and looking for new destinations to explore. Looking forward to the suggestions.
Worth a night or two might be a trip to the Amalfi Coast with an overnight in Sorrento; further south is Paestum which could be the overnight stop. Paestum has extensive Greek ruins, a good small museum, and a beach.
Well it's not an overnight, but Ostia Antica can fill a day. Plus Rick has a nice free audio tour for your iPad.
Naples has a lot to see, and can be done as either a daytrip or an overnight from Rome.
Has anyone taken the Rome to Genoa train ride....and would it be worth it to stay 2 nights in Genoa since that looks like a long train ride? Naples is out for us...we were there 20 years ago and it was not a good experience....
Not sure why on earth you would want to go to Genoa. I've never heard anything particularly positive about it as a tourist destination, esp. when compared to about 100 other places in Italy. Considering the time of year you'll be there, I would think your family would enjoy a combo of Ostia Antica and Lido di Ostia. Here are some pics I took at Lido di Ostia in May 2011 and Ostia Antica in May 2008. You might also consider contacting Ron at www.roninrome.com. He knows Rome and Italy more than almost any other resource you'll come across. He's now a custom travel agent and could probably be a huge help. (Plus, he's a really, really nice guy.) Happy travels.
We stayed 20 miles south of Rome at Zagarolo last Easter with Ivano and Thiery @ www.OliveTreeHill.com, a B&B. Easter morning, Ivano drove us to the top of a 2500' mountain, and we hiked down to 1500' to Palestrina, a huge ancient pagan temple.
There many fantastic and interesting sights in the Roman suburbs, and most tourists just spend their time in the city.