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15 September

Lazio: virtual trip in the beauties of the old roman lands

Would you like to discover one of the most attractive place in Italy? If yes, follow me in this little trip across the Lazio region. But first, where is exactly Lazio?

Lazio is an Italian region located in the center of the country, the second most populated after Lombardia, and home to Rome. Capital city and center of Italy's political life due to the presence of the government and the Parliament. It is also the Catholic world center due to the presence of Vatican.

 

For these reasons, the region is often acknowledged and remembered for the presence of this amazing city, obscuring many other natural and historical beauties: medieval villages and castles, natural parks and hills are few of the beautiful locations to visit and enjoy.

Starting our trip from the coast, we  are stopping by in Gaeta, Circeo and Ostia, seaside towns where it is possible to enjoy the Mediterranean landscapes and vegetation, the food and the breathtaking roman ruins near the Tevere’s mouth.

The history of the Lazio region is inevitably linked to the one of the Roman people. These people were builders of the oldest roads and aqueducts still present in all the region. They also built some of the most elegant aristocratic houses scattered throughout the countryside, showing the imperial past, making for a  wonderful trip in the past, thousands of years ago.

But the romans are not the only people who occupied this territory. At the beginning, there were the Etruscans living here, a population of unidentified origins with a refined culture which consolidated their power in the VIII century B.C.yy

They influenced the little town of Rome, both politically and culturally, as we can still observe the precious historic and archeological fragments they left. However, at the beginning of the V century B.C., with the end of the Etruscan supremacy, the Lazio region was hit by several wars involving Rome and other Latin cities. Only in the III century B.C. the story of Rome finally join that of the Lazio region.   

But, let’s follow our trip walking along the Appia, Flaminia or Prenestina roads leading to Rome and enjoying the typical old stone pavement, the tall old pines and the beautiful sunsets on the aqueducts.

Rome is the biggest city of the region and heart of the Roman empire, where it’s possible to live and breathe the splendour of that age, exploring the Colosseum, walking along the Imperial Forums and enjoying the old ruins. Step by step we will discover the passages of history, admiring the Altar of the Country and the Trevi Fountain, and visiting the most famous squares, such as, Piazza Venezia, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo and finally enjoying the local food in the atmospheric neighborhood of Trastevere.

These are few of the many places to explore in Rome, but we have a long journey and our next stop will be in Lazio’s countryside!

The area around Rome you can find  rich natural scenarios and explore the Roman Castles, in a set of pretty towns located on the pick of verdant hills and volcanic lakes. It is mostly famous for their tasty wine and traditional cuisine. For a long time, they represented a cozy refuge from the city and still today, many people go there to enjoy the quiet outside the city life. We cannot not mention the lovely towns of Frascati, Albano, Nemi and Castel Gandolfo, famous for being the Pope’s summer residence.

Farther away in the north, we are going to discover the Terminillo Mountain, a typical Appenine massif, the highest of the region situated near the little town of Rieti. It can offer amazing experiences during all the seasons, thanks to the sky resorts, excursion paths and sports halls.

Nearby we will spend time in the villages of Fossanova, Casamari and Subiaco; these places became soon the cradle of the occidental monasticism, where the rich and spiritual families built massive mansions and palaces, gardens and sculptures. The medieval era left us the most evocative buildings, as the amazing Abbeys still present in the small hills of this area.

Southernmost, we can explore the Ciociaria with the beautiful landscapes of Arpino, Alatri and the famous thermal baths of Fiuggi. These hamlets can boast their historical and cultural richness, the medieval architecture and culinary traditions. These culinary traditions can be often found during typical seasonal countryside festivals; these are occasions to live the real old atmosphere, while enjoying local beverages and food with the local people dressed with authentic old costumes in the recreated medieval atmosphere. 

Our trip is now ending, but there are still many historical anecdotes to discover and places to visit in the Lazio region, and maybe it could be the story of our next trip!

Written by Silvia Valentini

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