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Things To Do In LAZIO

Lazio comprises of Roma, Rieti, Frosinone, Latina, and Viterbo provinces and lies on the western coast of central Italy. However, its “centrality” is not just a question of geography. As the official seat of the government, it serves as the hive of the Italian political life.Furthermore, since the Vatican City stands guard over Rome from one of its seven hills, it’s religious a heart of the country. And, last but not least, thanks to its many preserved sites, landmarks, and monuments, it is also one of Italy’s central tourist destinations. While the west coast borders with the Tyrrhenian Sea, the east is rimmed by the central Apennines with Mount Terminillo towering to impressive 2216 m. 
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A thrilling mixture of haunting ruins, astonishing art and spirited street life, Italy’s unique capital is one of the most imposing and romantic cities in the world. During its uncanny 3000 years of makeshift urban development, Rome developed a one-of-a-kind cityscape. The ancient town boasts iconic monuments such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and Roman Forum which remind the world of the city’s golden age. On the other hand, the numerous monumental churches and basilicas testify to the historical influence of the Catholic Church. Renaissance frescoes and medieval piazzas intertwine with idyllic alleys, street side cafes, and authentic gelaterias. As the heat of the day gives in to the evening cool, the golden-lit streets of Rome fill up with a fashionable crowd heading down to the chic bars and cafes for a tasty aperitif. You will never be short of places to visit and things to do in Rome.

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The Vatican City sits atop a low-lying hill of the same name, not far from the legendary Tiber River. As it stretches over humble 0.44 square kilometers, it’s hard to believe this walled city is an independent sovereign state. It’s even harder to believe that within this small space reside some of the most exquisite architectural and artistic masterpieces known to humanity. Centered around the largest church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican comprises many of Italy’s most esteemed artworks most of which is housed within the vast Vatican Museums and adjoining Sistine Chapel. There is enough art there, to keep you busy for years. Though, to be honest, just St Peter’s Basilica on its own is ready to sweep you off your feet. When in Rome, don’t miss out on visiting. There are more things to do in Vatican than meets the eye on the first sight.

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Lazio’s generous offering doesn’t stop with Rome and the Vatican. One of its treats is the historic hilltop town, Tivoli. It sits in the hills of Monti Tiburtini on the Aniene River and enjoys a relatively cooler climate. Hence, for hundreds of years, this clandestine town served as a luxury summer retreat for the ancient Roman elite and the Renaissance wealthy. Today, the town prides itself on two Unesco World Heritage Sites: Villa Adriana (Emperor Hadrian’s estate) and Villa d’Este (16th-century Renaissance villa renowned for its fountains and gardens. Tivoli is one of the most sought-after day trips from Rome. However, the town and its surroundings offer activities that can keep you busy for several days. The cuisine will not disappoint either, in fact, you might encounter the best Italian food you ever tasted! Curious? Find more ideas and suggestions on what to do in Tivoli!

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Thanks to its location at the core of Italy’s varied history, Lazio boasts ruins with fascinating and even gory stories to tell. Every step seems to stir up a fraction of Roman history. In Rome, roll back time with a stroll down the Roman Forum’s Via Sacra where you can see some of the finest examples of the Republic’s former glory. In Tivoli, you can glimpse the far reaches of the once great Emperor Hadrian’s travels in the diverse architecture of his self-designed Villa. While you’re there, explore the Villa d’Este, famous for its fountains and a prime example of a Renaissance garden. Further afield, gain an insight into the Etruscans and the role they played in the history of not only ancient Italy but the pre-Roman Mediterranean too. Diving into the exploration of history and ruins is without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Lazio.

The Lazio region also boasts a richly diverse and beautiful landscape, from the forested Apennine Mountains in the east to the volcanic hot springs in Lazio’s north. Visit the charming city of Viterbo where you can take a warm dip, free of charge, in the Baths of Bullicame and Il Bagnaccio. Nature reserves, like that of La Riserva Naturale Monte Rufeno with its oak forests and population of wild boar and porcupines, provide refuge from the summer sun and a welcome place to enjoy a picnic. For those after the seaside though, Lazio is home to some fabulous sandy beaches. Or, forget the mainland. Jump on a ferry and make for the Pontine Islands where, in picturesque Ponza, you can explore sea grottos. Indeed, the answer to what to see in Lazio region hardly ends with a visit of Rome and the Vatican. Explore the nature!

Still wondering what to do in Lazio? Do food! Home to the world’s best meal, Carbonara, Lazio’s relationship to food is unparalleled, characterized by its simplicity and Etruscan origins. Lazio’s fertile lands give birth to some of the finest artichokes, fava beans, cauliflowers and of course, the world-renowned Onano lentils. The region also lays claim to some of the best pecorino; it’s one of Italy’s five most exported dairy products, as well as buffalo mozzarella and fior di latte (believe us, there’s a difference). Some of Lazio’s most vibrant culinary traditions exist in the village towns speckled along the verdant hills of the once Roman vacation spot, Castelli Romani. Do not hesitate to try meaty mains and vegetarian delights alongside local red wines. In Ariccia, you can sink your teeth into some of the nation’s tastiest porchetta or dip Genzano’s delicious country bread into the intensely flavored olive oil.


Things to do in LAZIO



To the northwest and southeast of Rome rise four ancient volcanoes: the Volsini, Cimini, Sabatini, and Albani; each of them contains at least one or more stunning crater lakes. Needless to mention, Lazio is in possession of stunning natural beauty protected under national parks and natural reserves.
 
As per agriculture, produce such as wheat, vegetables, fruit, corn, meat, and dairy dominate in the lowlands of Lazio while vineyards and olive groves cover its countless slopes. Rome, also called the Eternal City, is the region’s commercial and banking hub but has very little industry (apart from the specific artisan industries like fashion).
 
Rome in combination with the Vatican City forms the largest tourist center in the whole of Italy. It’s no surprise! Both of these destinations boast of ancient ruins, captivating excavations sites, architectural wonders, and priceless works of art. Other essential tourist resorts can be found along the coast, in the Alban Hills, and the Apennines.
 
All in all, Lazio region boasts with all, natural, historical, as well as artistic treasures. In fact, you are likely to struggle to decide on the things to in Lazio during your holidays. You can choose to unravels the mysteries surrounding the Colosseum; throw a coin into forever-romantic Trevi fountain; visit the spas in Fiuggi or Tivoli; go skiing in top-notch ski resorts of Terminillo, Arcinazzo, and Leonessa; or, perhaps, trek, bike or hike in the local mountains. To help you make the right decision, check out the articles below!
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