Rome and Latium

Lazio is the region in central Italy that is the center of world history - where Rome is located, and where ancient peoples once flourished. The Latin name Latium indicated the area for many millennia. The region is much larger than its famous capital city, where long before Romulus and Remus were mythically born, the Etruscans and Sabines lived. The region stretches across a large swath, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Apennine range, taking in lakes, rivers, hills, and plains. It touches Tuscany and Umbria, Abruzzo and Campania regions.

While a visit to Rome is a must for any traveler, the surrounding Lazio region will surprise you with its varied landscapes and history.

For seaside enthusiasts, you'll have a choice of sandy beaches and hidden coves. The beautiful national park of Circeo is a nice promontory with unspoiled seas. The legendary Riviera di Ulisse around Gaeta is marked by schisms, sea caves and coves, while the quaint town of Sperlonga give the best of Old World atmosphere and nice beaches. Seafood is of course abundant in this part of the region. Lively Ostia Lido has beach clubs outfitted with colorful umbrellas and cabanas, but the town itself offers a great vibe and excellent eateries.

Prehistoric people dwelled throughout Lazio, so history buffs will be in heaven at sites like Cerveteri and Ostia Antica. There are many Etruscan spots in northern Lazio to fuel your fascination. East of Rome around Rieti is a land of myth and mystics, where the Italic Sabine tribe lived and the famed Abbey of Farfa was founded by the Benedictines. South of the capital are the Castelli Romani, the upscale hills that became popular during the Renaissance, dotted with splendid villas, including the papal palace. To the north are volcanic lakes, Bolsena, Bracciano and Vico.

The region is rich is tradition with age-old festivals and religious observations still going on year-round. There are opulent gardens to enjoy, as well - from Tivoli to Villa d'Este, to the Papal Gardens (recently opened by Pope Francis) and the magical Ninfa Garden, you'll have lots of spots to enjoy the park-like settings.

Rome, of course, is the heart of Lazio, with its millennia of history, art and architecture, along with its cosmopolitan life and shops. Enjoy a drink on a piazza and immerse yourself in la dolce vita!

Rome

Roma caput mundi: Rome - center of the world.

Collevecchio

According to the legend, the origin of Collevecchio dates back to 1253, when a breve signed by Pope Innocent IV authorized the inhabitants of the marshy and infertile area of Muziano to move towards more salubrious high grounds.

Genzano di Roma

Spread out over a volcanic plateau above Lake Nemi, Genzano di Roma is a typical Medieval hill town.

Viterbo

Viterbo is a city that will surprise you with its medieval beauty and its interesting history.

Capranica

Capranica lies among Mounts Cimini and Sabatini Hills, on top of a tuffaceous stronghold overlooking Via Cassia, at 27 Km from Viterbo and only 60 Km from Rome.

Castel Gandolfo

The beautiful setting of Castel Gandolfo has made it a popular retreat for centuries.

Fiuggi

Fiuggi has perfectly preserved its rustic charm throughout the centuries, protecting the immense natural beauties from the risks of pollution.

Ponza

The rocky island of Ponza is a surprise.

Rieti

The ancient city of Rieti dates back to many millennia prior to the Romans.

Sermoneta

Sermoneta lies on a hill, looking down the Via Appia and the Pontine Plain before it runs into the sea.

Sutri

About an hour north of Rome but a world away from the crowds, Sutri is a historic town with loads of ambiance.

Tarquinia

Tarquinia is a medieval city and internationally known archaeological site, the ancient Etruscan capital, in the heart of Southern Etruria.

Valentano

Valentano sits in a circular cradle on top of a hill surrounded by rolling landscapes near Lake Bolsena.

Acquapendente

Acquapendente is a lovely town located right at the border of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria.

Anguillara Sabazia

Anguillara Sabazia faces lake Bracciano at approximately 30 Km north of Rome.

Ariccia

Ariccia is a lovely town in the beautiful hills of the Castelli Romani south of Rome.

Arpino

Arpino is high in the hills between Rome and Naples.

Baia Domizia

A planned beach resort that deliberately left the waterfront mostly undeveloped provides plenty of sandy stretches and a natural feel.

Bassano Romano

Bassano Romano is an attractive medieval town tucked between Lake Bracciano and Lake Vico, and protected by the Crimini and Sabatini mountains, north of Rome.

Bolsena

Bolsena lies at the foot of Mounts Volsini at 350 metres above the sea level.

Bomarzo

The tiny town of Bomarzo seems other-worldly as its stone center reaches upward on the hilltop.

Bracciano

A hill above the south-western shores of Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano) in northern Lazio, not far from Rome and Viterbo, holds the town of Bracciano.

Calcata

The medieval Calcata is perched on a rocky plateau which dominates the wood-covered valley of Treja, between Rome and Viterbo.

Campagnano di Roma

A pretty town in the gentle Lazio hills north of Rome, Campagnano di Roma retains the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

Castiglione in Teverina

The stone hill town of Castiglione in Teverina stradles the border of Lazio and Umbria, occupying some of Italy's attractive rolling landcape.

Civita Castellana

Civita' Castellana is a truly ancient town in northern Lazio, near the Umbrian border.

Frascati

The Alban Hills (Colli Albani) have been for ages one of the most pleasurable and definitely the most favourite Roman vacation stay.

Isola del Liri

Isola del Liri is an interesting little town near Frosinone, in southern Lazio.

Lanuvio

Lanuvio is an historic hillside town south of Rome.

Magliano Sabina

The hilltop town of Magliano Sabina sits in amidst a beautiful valley.

Montalto di Castro

Montalto di Castro is a compact walled hill town in the province of Viterbo, just a couple kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea.

Montefiascone

Montefiascone, with an enchanting view of Lake Bolsena, sits at 590 metres above-sea-level, on the the highest hill of Mounts Volsini, just 7 Km from Viterbo.

Nepi

Nepi is a lovely town north of Rome near Lake Bracciano.

Ostia Antica

Ostia was a commercial city thanks to the great homonym port: its name derives from “ostium”, meaning “river mouth”.

Pescia  Romana

Pescia Roman straddles the Lazio-Tuscany border amid fertile fields that give way to the wide sandy beaches of the coast.

Rocca di Papa

Rocca di Papa is an interesting town with a telling name.

Ronciglione

Sitting on a bluff near Viterbo, north of Rome, Ronciglione is a beautiful blend of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture in a compact space.

San Felice Circeo

San Felice Circeo sits on a promontory that juts into the Mediterranean Sea, about midway between Anzio and Gaeta.

Soriano nel Cimino

Soriano rises from a mountain setting among the abundant chestnut forests of northern Lazio.

Tivoli

The ancient Tibur Superbum, as per Virgil’s definition, is located at the foot of Mounts Tibutini, west side of Rome.

Torvaianica

Torvaianica is a mostly-modern city south of Rome, best known for its beaches.

Trevignano Romano

Trevignano lies along the placid shoreline of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome.

Tuscania

Tuscania rises at the end of Maremma Viterbese, close to the Lake Bolsena and not far from the sea, north-eastwards from Tarquinia on the Viterbo road.

Vacone

Vacone is a tiny town in the Sabine Hills north of Rome.

Valmontone

Originally an ancient city with pre-Roman roots, it grew during the Imperial period.

Velletri

An historic city in the Castelli Romani hills south of Rome, Velletri traces its founding to the tribe of Romulus.

Vetralla

Vetralla is in an area known as Etruria, a land of ancient origins which skirts the border of Lazio and Tuscany.

Vitorchiano

The lovely town of Vitorchiano grips a bluff at the foot of the Cimini mountains, near Viterbo and 90 km from Rome.

Anzio

Anzio is a name that many Americans and English are familiar with because of its place in WWII history, but it is also a charming seaside city.

Caprarola

Caprarola is located on the south side of the Cimini Mountains to the east of the Lake Vico, perched on a tuffaceous spur near Viterbo.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Bagnoregio means "royal bath," alluding to its importance as a thermal spa two millennia ago.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Bagnoregio means "royal bath," alluding to its importance as a thermal spa two millennia ago.

Nazzano

Nazzano is less than an hour north of Rome and yet a world away.

Onano

Onano represents the northernmost point of Lazio, near Viterbo, at the foothills of Mounts Volsini.

San Polo dei Cavalieri

A land of ancient wisdoms, in Sabina any visitors will find extraordinary places filled with the flavor and traditions of craftsmanships.

San Polo di Tarano

San Polo di Tarano is an ancient medieval village 35 minutes from Rome.

Tarano

Tarano is a charming village located in the Sabina (near Rieti), on the slopes southwest of the mount Cosce, in the hilly area between the River Tiber and the middle valley of the river L'Aia.

Zagarolo

The attractive town of Zagarolo is just 36 kilometers from Rome but is far from the hustle and noise.

Guidonia Montecelio

Guidonia Montecelio, a town in the province of Rome, is located in the area to the northeast of the capital, with a distance of 28 km between the two city centers.

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