My partner and I are spending a weekend in Rome in July and we then have a week to spare and would love to visit somewhere with sunshine, seaside and delicious Italian food!Can you recommend any good places to visit? Emma, via email 

Rome is superbly connected for exploring parts of Italy’s west coast, so you have a variety of choices, Emma. En route to the coast, there are a few interesting sites you could check out such as Ostia Antica and Frascati.

The historic Ostia Antica is a well-preserved ancient Roman town, with ruins dating back to the 4th century BC. It’s only a half an hour trip by train from Rome. Also a 30-minute train ride away is Frascati, famed for its sparkling wine, but also great for sampling local food. Cacciani is one of the best restaurants in town.

Then head further south to the small group of islands between Rome and Naples known as Isole Pontine, for some sun, sea and sand. These small islands are relics from an extinct volcano and so have dramatic cliffs, grottos and beaches. The gorgeous emerald coves and incredible seafood make them the perfect beach break. 

Alternatively, Tuscany’s second-largest city of Livorno is a great base for exploring vineyards, beaches and gourmet hotspots. Tuscany is a foodie heaven; try fish stews, T-bone steaks and white truffles here. Elba Island is a stunning, coastal spot, and Portoferraio to the south is a pleasant harbour town. 

Chianti is a good stop if you enjoy red wine, naturally, and if you have time spend a day strolling around and admiring Siena’s great gothic architecture.

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