The cradle of occidental civilization and Christian culture, of lakes
and legends, of spas and history, of ancient roads and verdant hills.
This is Latium
, a region of central Italy bordered
by the Tyrrhenian Sea, furrowed by the waters of River Tiber and mainly
characterized by hills and mountains, while it slopes down near the
This region has different yet complementary features, unblemished sceneries
and spectacular horizons among the towns.
Getting to know and discovering Latium is like leafing through a history
book; each page is connected to the other by a series of events that
left their mark. This is Rome
, the “eternal city”
in the eyes of visitors; it includes a series of traces to follow to
reconstruct the course of history.
Rome may overwhelm you with its abundance of culture and history, the
opulence of the Vatican, numerous imperial temples, early Christian
churches, medieval bell towers, Renaissance palaces and baroque basilicas.
If your time is limited a good approach to visiting Rome is by focusing
on the most important sights and its various quarters. You will find
that most hotels are located around termini station or the historical
Rome is the regional capital. Other important cities are Latina, Frosinone,
Viterbo and Rieti.
exploring Lazio villas and apartments
is the eternal city, full of charm and impressive
monuments, a beautiful tourist destination like few other cities in
the world. Piazza Venezia can be regarded as its central core with the
unmistakable Vittoriano monument, and is connected to Via Dei
, from where you can see in the distance the
silhouette of one of the world's most famous monuments, the Colosseum
symbol of Rome.
Another road that branches off from Piazza Venezia is Via del Corso,
nestled in the streets on the right, are Fontana di Trevi
and Piazza di Spagna
(Spanish Steps), famous for its
Trinità dei Monti stairway.
Climbing the 135 steps that make up the stairway one reaches the Pincio,
finding Villa Medici and Villa Borghese
, the third
largest park in the city that contains the lake garden with the Tempio
di Esculapio, Piazza di Siena and the Museo e Galleria Borghese. Also
can not be missed, an ancient temple dedicated
to all gods, today the shrine of the Kings of Italy and house to the
tomb of the famous Raphael Sanzio. Not far away is the spectacular Piazza
with the famous Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini.
Around this area are located churches and monuments of great importance,
such as the Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, a baroque masterpiece
and mature work of Francesco Borromini; San Luigi dei Francesi, with
masterpieces by Caravaggio; Palazzo Altemps, branch of the Museo Nazionale
Romano, which displays historical collections of ancient sculpture;
the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace, with frescoes by Raphael and the
beautiful Chiostro del Bramante (Cloister of Bramante).
The Vatican Museums
need a special mention, they display
works of great historical and artistic value, and the famous Cappella
Sistina (Sistine Chapel). Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums), these
exhibit works that reflect the artistic and cultural changes of the
the coast of Ulysses
The coast of Lazio between Terracina and Gaeta
at the border of Campania, is what one might call a pleasant discovery.
The Tyrrhenian Sea, in this middle part, offers glorious and tranquil
scenery: sandy beaches and reclaimed farmlands.
The landscape brightens at the Circeo
remains colourful for a good part of the journey towards the south,
thanks to Mount Ausoni and Aurunci which separate from the Appennines
and dive into the sea.
The result is an astonishing mix combination of sheer cliffs and sandy
inlets interrupted by ancient watchtowers. The towns and villages are
heirs of Latin cities falling along the Via Appia and the Flacca –
Gaeta, Sperlonga, Formia, and Terracina – all of which have exceptional
To further increase the area’s splendour there is a certain environmental
wholeness, thanks to the series of parks and nature reserves which detach
the mountains from the marine background.
is a city with legendary Greek foundations,
which then became Etruscan and Roman. The medieval village has a rich
atmosphere, which passes from the Municipal Square to the cathedral. The
panoramic ancient temple of Giove Anxur is located on the peak of Mount
is an ancient city, set along the Via Appia
and conserving important archaeological finds. In the historic city
centre, it is possible to visit the picturesque medieval villages of
Castellone and Mola. After a pleasant walk, you reach the villa and
so-called tomb of Cicerone.
is a pretty fishing village with white houses
located on a rocky spur. Walks around the village and along its lanes
with the ancient Truglia towers are both pleasant and highly recommended. An
absolute must is a visit to the villa and grotto of Tiberius.
is a historical Latin city, a well-known port
and holiday resort at the centre of an evocative piece of coastline. Places
to visit in the city centre are: the Duomo (cathedral) the church of
the Annunziata and the medieval quarter situated on the headland.