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Lazio Travel Guide

Where is Lazio located?

Lying in the heart of the peninsula, with Rome at its core, Lazio is the second largest region in central Italy stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea coast to the Apennine Mountains.
 

What to See in Lazio?

  • Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, UNESCO-protected old town, Galleria Borghese. 
  • Tivoli: Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa.
  • Ostia Antica: Archaeological site of the ancient harbor city near Rome.
  • Lake Bracciano: Orsini-Odescalchi Castle.
  • Circeo National Park: Natural landscapes and beaches.
  • Viterbo: Medieval old town.
  • Bomarzo: the monsters’ garden. 
  • Ninfa Gardens: English rose garden amidst the ruin of a medieval city. 
  • Cerveteri: the most famous Etruscan necropolis. 
  • Civita di Bagnoregio: The “dying” city on a tufa rock.
  • Castelli Romani: picturesque town overlooking volcanic lakes like Castel Gandolfo and Ariccia. 
  • Frascati: wineries and monumental villas. 
  • Gaeta and Terracina: beaches and rocky cliffs overlooking the namesake gulf. 

What are the typical dishes of Lazio?

Staples of Roman cuisine include hearty pastas such carbonara, amatriciana, gricia, and cacio e pepe. Traditional meat dishes include scottadito (burn-your-fingers) lamb, Jewish-style artichokes, coratella (lamb intestines), oxtail vaccinara, and pork tripe. Sea bream with cherry tomatoes is a must in the coastal town of Gaeta, where you will also find some of Italy’s finest olives, and Tiella, a salted cake stuffed with olives, vegetables and either meat or fish (most notably octopus). 

Pork sausages, fegatelli (roasted prices of liver), Purgatorio beans and lake fish are typical of the Tuscia subregion. 

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