Lazio is the region in which you will find Rome.
Despite being home to Italy’s capital and largest city, Lazio has a reputation for being rather bucolic. The region is known for its archaeological sites, medieval villages, tranquil beaches, and mountain towns.
Map of Lazio
Lazio, called “Latium” in English and Latin, is Italy’s ninth largest region and is made up of five provinces. The Province of Rome is the largest province in Lazio in terms of residents and area.
Lazio borders six other regions. Tuscany, Umbria, and Le Marche are on Lazio’s northern border. To the east are the regions of Abruzzo and Molise. Campania is the region to Lazio’s south.
Top Places to Visit in Lazio
Most of the places listed below can be done in a day trip from Rome.
- Bagnoregio, ghost town/artist’s village on the top of a crumbling mountain (see photo above)
- Beaches Near Rome (Anzio, Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo, Santa Marinella, Sperlonga, Terracina)
- Bomarzo, home of the Parco dei Mostri
- Calcata, the strange village that features in David Farley’s book “An Irreverent Curosity”
- Castelli Romani (Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, Marino), the small hill towns just south of Rome. The pope’s summer home is in Castel Gandolfo.
- Lago Bracciano (Anguillara, Bracciano, Trevignano Romano) and Lago di Vico, two popular lakes that many Romans like to visit on the weekend
- Pontine Islands, small archipelago reachable from Terracina
- Tivoli, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana (aka Hadrian’s Villa)
Visit Lazio is the official tourism board of the region. You can also find out more about places to go and things to do in Lazio from the following tourism board links: