In the central peninsular section of Italy is Lazio, one of the country’s 20 administrative regions. The region’s capital is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy. Lazio is bordered by Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche to the north, Abruzzo and Molise to the east, Campania to the south, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. It is a mostly flat and hilly region, with small mountainous areas in the most eastern and southern districts, as well as sandy beaches on its coast.
What to see & do
Located in Central Italy, the Italian region of Lazio features a number of charming cities, several lakes, spectacular sceneries, country and hill walking opportunities, and coastline that is covered mostly by beautiful beaches that are home to many excellent fish restaurants. The main attraction in the region is, of course, the capital, Rome, also known as the Eternal City. As the most popular tourist attraction in Italy, Rome’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where one can learn the city’s influence on the world in its approximately 2,800 years of existence. Rome is also the cradle of one of the world’s greatest civilisations, and is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, and the Vatican City. The historic centre features iconic landmarks, which include palaces, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, monuments, statues, and fountains, that represent a rich historical heritage. When in Rome, tourists will also feel its cosmopolitan atmosphere and witness a vibrant nightlife. The city is also regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world, with some of the country’s oldest jewellery and clothing establishments founded in Rome.
Outside of Rome, Lazio also has numerous other attractions that are as fascinating, and can be found in the cities of Anzio, Civita Castellana, Civitavecchia, Gaeta, Latera, Sperlonga, Subiaco, Tarquinia, Tivoli, Tuscania, and Viterbo. Other points of interests in Lazio include Bomarzo, Canterano, Cerveteri, Castelli Romani, Civita di Bagnoregio, Lake Bolsena, Lake Bracciano, Monte Cassino, Ostia Antica, Sabine Hills, Sutri, and Vulci.
How to get around within Lazio
Travelling from north to south in Lazio is possible via the main A1 toll highway (Autostrada) that runs from Florence to Naples. Travellers can also drive on the A24 which heads east from Rome to the mountains of Abruzzo. The A12 follows the coast north in the direction of Pisa in Tuscany and the Cassia, the main road to Viterbo; and southern Lazio is served by the Pontina. The region is also served by a rail network, with most routes running north to south via Rome. Bus services are also available in Lazio, but infrequent.
How to get there
The main airport that serves Lazio region is the Fiumicino—Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, or Fiumicino Airport. Fiumicino Airport is Italy’s largest airport, located in Fiumicino, 35 kilometres or 21.7 miles southwest of Rome’s historic centre. Fiumicino Airport is a hub for Alitalia and Vueling, and is a focus city for Alitalia CityLiner, Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Mistral Air, Neos, and Ryanair. The airport has flights to and from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The port of Rome, Civitavecchia, is the arrival and departure point of many ships, cruises, and ferries from the Mediterranean. Most travellers that arrive here are from Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Spain, France, and even North Africa. Lazio is accessible from the airport via the A90 ring road.