Things to do in Lazio

Things to do in  Lazio

A culinary treasure hunt

Lazio offers much more than just the showstopping city of Rome. Travelers venture out of Italy’s capital to explore Etruscan ruins in Cerveteri and Tarquinia, the ancient Roman city of Ostia Antica, Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli, the volcanic lakes of Bracciano and Bolsena, and the Castelli Romani’s hill towns and wineries. The Tyrhennian coastline to the west is lined with friendly resort towns for beach breaks while the Apennine peaks to the east is crisscrossed with high-altitude hiking and biking trails.

Top 8 attractions in Lazio

Montecassino Abbey (Abbazia di Montecassino)

Perched high on a mountaintop south of Rome, the Montecassino Abbey is notable both for its imposing architecture and for its long and turbulent history. One of the most important monastic complexes in Italy, the abbey draws architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, and Christian pilgrims by the thousands each year.More

Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port (Civitavecchia Terminal Crociere)

Located 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Rome, the Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port (Civitavecchia Terminal Crociere) is a popular jumping-off point for shore excursions to Italy’s capital city. Home to some of the world’s most important art and architecture, and bursting with bustling piazzas and lively restaurants, Rome is a highlight of any Mediterranean cruise.More

Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano)

Thanks to its proximity to Rome, Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano) has long been a popular retreat for city dwellers while remaining largely off the tourist radar. The medieval lakeside villages of Bracciano, Anguillara, and Trevignano have waterfront promenades and the lake waters are ideal for swimming, sailing, and water sports.More

Villa Gregoriana Park (Parco Villa Gregoriana)

Home to a towering waterfall, ancient ruins, and thick woods dotted with caves and crisscrossed by scenic trails, the Villa Gregoriana Park (Parco Villa Gregoriana) is an idyllic retreat just outside Rome. Located in Tivoli, this Italian National Heritage Trust gem—along with nearby Villa d’Este—is an ideal day trip from the capital city.More

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia (Necropoli Etrusche di Cerveteri e Tarquinia)

Before the Romans came to dominate the peninsula, the enigmatic Etruscans inhabited much of central Italy. What little is known of this culture dating from the ninth century BC is largely based on their large necropolises. Two of the most remarkable of these “cities of the dead” are the UNESCO-listed sites of Cerveteri and Tarquinia.More

Odescalchi Castle (Castello Odescalchi)

Set on the idyllic shores of Lake Bracciano, the beautifully preserved Odescalchi Castle (officially called Castello Orsini-Odescalchi but also known as the Bracciano Castle) was built during the late 15th century by Napoleone Orsini and is considered one of Europe’s most impressive Renaissance fortresses.More

Popes’ Palace (Palazzo dei Papi)

The Gothic Popes’ Palace (Palazzo dei Papi) was built for the popes who lived in Viterbo for a brief period in the mid-13th century. The palace’s elegant arched Loggia delle Benedizione is where newly elected pontiffs would greet the faithful after emerging from the Aula del Conclave, site of the first (and longest) papal conclave.More
Trevignano Romano

Trevignano Romano

Thanks to its proximity to Rome, Trevignano Romano on Lake Bracciano has long been a popular retreat from the city, and a strategic base for visiting the nearby medieval villages of Bracciano and Anguillara. The lakeside town boasts a waterfront promenade, and the lake is ideal for swimming, sailing, and water sports.More

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All about Lazio

When to visit

Lazio is largely rural—with the notable exception of Rome, of course. The area is at its most beautiful in spring and fall, but summer is the busy season, as these wooded hills offer an easy escape from the oppressive heat of the capital city. Some visitors come for the International Festival of the Villas of Tusculum or for the area’s many summer food and wine events, but most are just looking to cool off in the countryside’s parks and volcanic lakes.

Getting around

Trains and buses run from Rome to many of the most popular destinations in the surrounding countryside. There are direct routes to Castel Gandolfo, Tivoli, Frascati, and Lake Bracciano; you’ll need to rent a car or book a private transfer to reach more remote highlights, including Bagnoregio, Montecassino Abbey, and Tarquinia. For a jaunt to Lazio’s Pontine Islands, take the train to Formia and hop a ferry to Ponza or Ventotene.

Traveler tips

Just half an hour south of Rome, the hilltop town of Ariccia is a mecca for knowledgeable gourmands. The city is famous for its porchetta, whole roast pig that is boned and stuffed with an aromatic mix of garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. There is a celebration dedicated to this pork delicacy, the Sagra della Porchetta, the first weekend of September, which includes music, dancing, markets, and (of course) towering porchetta sandwiches served on traditional rosetta buns.

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People Also Ask

What is Lazio known for?

Even if you’ve never heard of Lazio, you’ve almost certainly heard of its most famous city: Rome. By far the biggest draw of this Italian region, Rome is ringed by Lazio’s quieter attractions—the rolling vineyards of Castelli Romani, villas of Tivoli, and volcanic Lake Bracciano.

What are the major cities in Lazio, Italy?

Rome stands head and shoulders above all other cities in Lazio, though the region is home to midsize towns such as Viterbo, Rieti, and Frosinone. There are also important urban centers along the region’s coastline, including the resort town of Ostia, Civitavecchia seaport, and Fiumicino, home to Rome’s major airport.

How many days is enough in Lazio?

If you are visiting the city of Rome as part of your stay in Lazio, you will need about seven days. Otherwise, in three days you can cover the Castelli Romani and Tivoli, Lake Bracciano and the Etruscan ruins at Cerveteri and Tarquinia, and Ostia Antica, plus the seaside towns.

Is Lazio in Tuscany?

No, Lazio is the region just south of the region of Tuscany. Lazio shares a border that runs from the Tyrrhenian coastline east to the region of Umbria. The other regions that border Lazio are Le Marche to the north, Abruzzo and Molise to the east, and Campania to the south.`

Are there any mountains in Lazio?

Yes, the Apennine Mountains run along Lazio’s eastern border with Abruzzo, including the protected Simbruini mountains, the region’s largest natural park. East of the Simbruini, the pre-Apennine peaks of Lepini mountains are about an hour south of Rome and near the Castelli Romani hills.

What are Italians from Lazio called?

Italians from the region of Lazio are known as Laziali (or Laziale singular), though those who hail from the capital city are more commonly called Romani. The name of the region of Lazio comes from the area’s original name of Latium in Latin.

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