Rome takes centre stage in Lazio, but with a great mix of city, country and coastal life, Lazio has plenty to tempt you out of Italy’s capital city. Lakes, national parks, a wealth of wildlife and volcanic springs are all waiting in Lazio’s expansive and unspoilt countryside. Along the coast, Lazio has a variety of beach resorts - all offering something for the even the most particular of sun-worshippers. Away from the natural wonders, there’s plenty of cosmopolitan life in Lazio to explore. Art-lovers will want to head straight to Rome where historic and modern art mingle in the city. Naples offers a slightly less polished city experience - quieter than Rome - you can enjoy some city life at a slower pace.
If your holiday kicks off when night falls, you’ll want to experience the aperitif in Rome. A long and leisurely drink - usually including nibbles or starter-sized meals. There’s usually a party atmosphere served up alongside.
Highs hit the 30s in Lazio’s sun-filled summers making it ideal for perfecting a tan or exploring the region. Sunbath on the scenic coast, hike into the unspoilt countryside or take to the waters - offshore or inland. No matter how you spend your time in Lazio, there’s one thing for certain, you definitely won’t be bored.
Rome - Italy’s capital and home to The Pantheon, the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica. World-class museums, famous works of art and sculpture and a wealth of parks, gardens and historic architecture. There’s so much to see in Rome but do remember to look up. Easy to miss are Rome’s fruit trees. Zesty lemons, oranges and clementines all grow on the trees from January to May - and can be picked. The aromatic citrus fruits are well worth foraging for a taste of homegrown Italy.
Head north out of Rome and you’ll find a fresh water lake. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, you can explore on foot, by bike or on horseback. There are plenty of chances to explore the lake itself - sail, canoe or scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters. Bracciano, the town high on the hill overlooking the lake rewards you with amazing views and a chance to stop and enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes.
Foodies who love their history will be happy to tuck into some authentic pizza in Naples. The world’s oldest pizzeria sits in the city’s streets, serving up rustic wood-fired pizzas. Aside from the pizza legacy, Naples is sometimes overlooked. Head here for an authentic Italian city, not swamped with tourists, but with enough buzz to keep things interesting.
The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise
With 50,000 hectares of changing landscape, this national park is a breathtaking expanse of the Italian countryside. Established to protect vulnerable species from extinction, the park is home to wolves, otters, deer, golden eagles and Marsican brown bears. If you don’t spot any creatures in their natural habit, you’ll want to head to Pescasseroli. The animal park there rehabilitates injured animals from the area.
One of the highlights of the Lazio region is its coastline. Far from being identical versions of themselves, each resort has something different to offer. Try Sperlonga, south of Rome it brings a Greek island vibe to Italy’s coast. Whitewashed houses sit high above the sea and south of the harbour there’s a long stretch of sandy beach waiting to welcome sunbathers and swimmers.
Just a mile outside the city of Viterbo you’ll find a natural volcanic spring sending bubbling hot water to the surface. The warm waters are the perfect place to relax. Be prepared for a rustic experience as there aren’t really any facilities here, just fields, bathing pools and hot water.
Famous for being one of the best-preserved gardens in Italy, these historic gardens are something else. Created in 853, the gardens are now owned by Princess Claudia Ruspoli. Proud of the gardens and the restoration work was done recently, the Princess has been known to personally guide visitors through the extensive maze of immaculate box hedges and gardens.
Lazio’s cuisine is firmly rooted in its peasant past. That’s not to say the dishes are bland. Far from it. Hearty sauces, with plenty of garlic, are served with spaghetti. Robust lamb dishes shore up the menus and rich cheeses - including ricotta and pecorino romano bring a rich flavour to the menu. The region’s peasant roots simply mean nothing is wasted, locally grown and sourced food is used where possible and the recipes are simple but delicious.
Gourmet dining in Rome’s world-class restaurants or rustic recipes in Lazio’s family-owned trattoria - each offers a true taste of Lazio cuisine. Lazio’s dining scene caters for everyone - from budget conscious families to couples looking for an intimate dinner for two.
Look out for bucatini with amatriciana sauce in Lazio restaurants. This simple dish sums up Lazio cuisine. Simple, tasty and using ingredients available to everyone. Pasta (bucatini) covered with a very simple tomato sauce - made with just tomato, bacon and red chilli - and topped with Pecorino cheese. A Lazio speciality, bursting with flavour.
Lazio holidays are made for holidaymakers from all walks of life. From wild party animals to nature lovers and families. With day trips to Rome and elsewhere in the area as well as world-class restaurants, historic ruins, natural parks, thermal spas and of course unrivalled beaches, this is an alluring and eclectic place to visit at any time of year.
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