Formerly known to the English by its Roman name of Latium, Lazio would regularly welcome eighteenth century travellers who would explore the region's scenic villages whilst on their traditional trips of Europe. After all, the faded palaces, thermal springs and medieval hilltop towns are absolutely stunning.
No one can ignore the regions capital of Rome. With almost 3,000 years of culture, art and history on display (we're all familiar with the beautiful Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica), Rome has a lot to offer visitors. Although sadly it has hugely overshadowed the smaller towns in Lazio.
Visitors from abroad seldom venture outside of Rome when in the region, those that do really get an authentic experience of Lazio, with warm welcomes from the local villagers, often delighted at the interest in their towns. Lavish, unspoilt countryside, quiet winding alleys and traditional bakeries and restaurants can often be a refreshing change from the crowded hustle and bustle of Rome.
In the far north of Lazio, on the border with Tuscany there is a stunning hilltop hamlet called Civita di Bagnoregio, that was on the verge of extinction in recent years, yet has now been brought back to life. Nearby is the beautiful Bolsena Lake, both are well worth a special visit. Throughout the region fascinating reminders of the rich history of the region are shown in the Etruscan archeological sites.
In the south, Montecassino Abbey lies on the hill of Monte Cassino in Valle Latina, and the building on the hill dates back to the fifth century. Rebuilt many times, and most recently in 1944 after the second World War, the abbey is now open to the public and holds many charming and informative treasures, precious paintings and illuminated manuscripts.
The Regional Natural Park of Bracciano-Martignano holds Lake Bracciano and Lake Martignano, both impressively and quietly situated in the craters of former Sabatino volcanoes. The peace and tranquillity of the lakes and its gently wooded surroundings are the polar opposite of 400,000 years ago when they reached their maximum activity!
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May - International Piazza di Siena (showjumping equine event), Villa Borghese, Rome
June (2nd) - Festa della Repubblica particularly eventful in Rome with military parade and a show from the national aerobatic team, the Frecce Tricolori
May - A wonderful time to visit gardens throughout Italy as flowers begin to bloom
May (last weekend) - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars)
August - Ferragosto parties throughout Italy on the country’s biggest holiday
September / October - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars) during the harvest
September - November - Sagre season, food and wine fairs throughout Italy
October - November - Olive Oil Harvest
December - Christmas market in Piazza Navona, Rome
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