Rome is too well-known to be the City of Eternity. From the Castle St Angelo to the micro-state of Vatican within the city to the Spanish Stairs, and more. Rome has always been a fascinating focal point for any traveller who is obsessed with Italy. Unfortunately, the region around the City of Rome isn’t as much in focus as the city itself amongst the travel community. The region of Lazio is a central region and the second most largest one after the Lombardy. Its diverse landscape is as fascinating as the possibilities that you can do during your trip.
We have collected some of them for you today:
1. The region offers a remarkable cultural heritage
Yes, we get it. Rome in itself is already palpable and its attractions and cultural sights can feel completely overwhelming. But beyond that, the region of Lazio truly reflects the occidental civilisation of the Roman Empire. Forgotten forums, villages, temples, spas and lakes and legends. The region has several sights that are in UNESCO’s Heritage List.
For example, Hadrian’s villa, the Ancient Beech Forest of the Cimini Mountains and the Civita di Bagnoregio are just some of the six World Heritage sites that this region has to offer. An open invitation to dive deeper into the stories of King Hadrian and the ancient Roman society.
2. Looking for nice retreats? Go to some ancient spas!
Do you want to indulge yourself in a nice retreat, walking through ancient fountains and gardens and truly experience how the ancient Romans had lived and enjoyed life? Some of the ancient spas are also part of the long list of the Heritage List of UNESCO. And some spas are represented as well.
Villa d’Este and Tivoli are one of the more popular spas amongst that category, gaining popularity precisely of those ancient fountains, gardens and a rich interior decoration. If you have always been fascinated by those spas and inner yards by various movies, such as the HBO series ROME, then why not experience it for yourself?
3. Explore a fascinating and diverse landscape
While exploring the variety of cultural attractions can become a stressful and intensive activity throughout your Italy journey, Lazio offers some other retreat opportunities. The region’s mesmerising natural landscape invites travellers for some hiking, bird-watching, cycling in one the natural parks. The Cireco National Park and the Castelli Romani Regional Natural Park are just a few to mention. The natural monument of the Garden of Ninfa, a botanic garden, invites you to escape the busyness of your touristic activities for a while.
In addition, some lakes also offer a great opportunity for an escape: Bracciano, which is close to Rome, offers an intense green area with a castle from the 16-century. Ancient streets of the villages nearby will bring you the experience and the vibrancy of the Roman Empire as best as possible to you.
4. Do you love mountains or the sea? Lazio offers you both of them!
Lazio brings both mountainous regions as well as a large seaside in one place. Gaeta, Sabaudia and the islands of Ponza and Ventotene are some places to enjoy the beaches, activities such as scuba-diving or just simply a little retreat from your hectic sightseeing tours in the cities.
If you prefer mountains, you are not being left behind! In fact, the region has some ski resorts to offer for you. For example, Terminillo and Campo Staffi invite you to do some winter activities and to fly high!