Lazio is a region located in central Italy shaped by the hills and mountains. The town of Terracina which showcases many ancient Roman ports and has since become a popular tourist destination. The region was the centre of the Roman Empire and is made up of unbelievable landscapes and antiquities. Made up of 5 provinces: Rome (Regional Capital) Frosinone, Latina, Rieti and Viterbo.
Showcasing an array of pure sceneries and stunning horizons enclosed by traditional Italian towns. You can enjoy the extremely beautiful views of Villa Borghese – the most famous city park for walking or cycling or even the green valleys of Aniene and Tiber Rivers
An area full of history, Lazio is filled with archaeological sites – one of which is Rome, the “Eternal City”. It is here that you will find the solemn Flavian amphitheatre, which is best, known as the Colosseum – a place where many lost their lives competing in gladiator games. For those who have a passion for art, the magnificent Sistine Chapel located next to the Vatican, in the Vatican City, is an iconic attraction which continues to amaze all those who visit.
Rome is comprised of buildings, basilicas and piazzas, like Piazza di Spagna with the famous Spanish steps of Trinita de Monti, not to mention just a short stroll down the road you will find the Trevi Fountain – an attraction where tourists throw coins in to show their wish to return to the city.
Despite a lot of attention on Rome, the region also is the home to other provinces which are defiantly worth stating. Viterbo, located to the north is a small historic town which has a beautiful well preserved medieval centre. In contrast to the medieval towns, is Rieti which is an area rich in watercourses, including Rivers Velino, Salto and Turano.
The cuisine of Lazio is made up of intense flavours as well as simple dishes which are quick and easy to cook. Dishes were made for the ‘working classes’. Simple pasta sauces, roast meats and pork products dominate the table. The hills in Lazio are rich and fertile making it easy to grow vegetable of all types (especially artichokes). One of the most famous Italian food festival is the Sagra del Carciofo Romanesco of Ladispoli, in the Lazio region celebrating the Roman artichoke.
A meal generally begins with gnocchi, spaghetti all’Amatriciana or spaghetti Carbonara. Whilst the food is based on its ancient past the use of inexpensive cuts of meat such as veal and lamb are a staple menu option, so pasta is usually followed by main courses like spring lamb with vegetables or saltimbocca alla romana.
The Sabine Hills are a part of Italy and are rarely visited by tourists. They stretch out in the north east of the region and are a short drive from both Umbria and Abruzzo. The town is famous for extra virgin olive oil which is made by a variety of different strains of olive such as Carboncella, Pendolfino, Moraiolo and Rosciola. They are a beautiful golden yellow/green before being harvested. The olive cultivation in the Sabine Hills goes back thousands of years and this extra virgin olive oil is used in many of the traditional recipes.
Lazio‘s wine reputation is mainly based on its white wines, today the styles of wine are lighter, drier and crisper thanks to modern vinification methods.
Whether it is the traces of Roman and Medieval times in Rieti or the old villages and National Park of Circeo; Lazio defiantly offers an endless amount of delightful surprises, which suits all interests. So next time you visit the region make sure you take time and discover layer by layer, every hidden corner.