Lazio Area Guide
Lazio is the cradle of Western civilization and Christian culture, of lakes and legends, of thermal spas and history, of ancient roads and rolling hills. Bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, which offers over 350km of diverse coastline, traversed by the waters of the Tiber River, and with none other than the city of Rome as its capital, Lazio is a region rich in everything one could dream of. Ancient sites abound from north to south. Rome speaks for itself, in a voice heard the world over, but there is much to Lazio that the package tours miss. Approximately 25 miles from Rome, the town of Tivoli demands a visit, given that it hosts two ancient, lavish estates: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ostia, besides being a well-known sea resort on Lazio's coast, encloses the ruins of Ostia Antica (ancient Ostia), the best example of a Roman town that we can still observe today.
Other well-established coastal hotspots include Gaeta, Sabaudia and Sperlonga, as well as the island jewel of Ponza, beloved of both Roman and Neapolitan partygoers. In the north of the region is the beautiful Lake Bolsena, of volcanic origin and Italy’s fifth largest lake. Not far from Bolsena is the stunning Civita di Bagnoregio, perched atop a limestone bluff and known locally as La città che muore ("The Dying Town"). Lake Bracciano is the second largest of Lazio’s lakes, and at only 50km north of Rome, it offers another escape for Romans from the summer heat.
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