Rome-Lazio, Italy: travel guide and places to visit

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While the city of Rome and the vatican attracts the vast majority of visitors to the Lazio region - and rightly so because it is one of the great cities of the world - if time permits be sure to explore the surrounding region!

For a summary of the most popular sights in the region see also Rome-Lazio places to visit.

Rome city

The city of Rome really is one of the great cities of the world, and squeezed among the 2,000 years of history in the city there is always something new to discover.

No guide can do justice to the spectacle of walking around the Roman Forum, standing inside the Pantheon, visiting Vatican City or simply enjoying the great squares and statues of the city and the historical regions such as Trastevere.

Central Rome - Lazio

But there is more to this region of eastern-central Italy than just Rome itself, and if time permits it is well worth exploring outside the city walls and venturing into the Lazio countryside.

Vatican city, Rome - Italian town

On the coast near to Rome the extensive ruins at the Roman port town of Ostia Antica gives a very good insight into life 2,000 years ago.

The calm countryside and nature reserves around Frascati are also a pleasant way to escape from the bustle of the city and a short distance to the south-east of Rome.

Further to the east of Rome explore Tivoli and Palestrina, while the fascinating monasteries at Subiaco are in the Appennines towards the eastern border of the Rome-Lazio region.

A little south of here the highlights include the towns of Anagni, Alatri and Ferentino.

Northern Rome - Lazio

Heading north from Rome you can visit some of the finest Etruscan sites and towns at Cerveteri, Viterbo and Tarquinia.

The water-based activities at Lake Bracciano are popular with visitors, and see also the coastal port town at Civitavecchia.

Other highlights in the north of the Rome-Lazio region include the towns of Tuscania and Montefiascone and the imposing villa at Caprarola. The curious 16th century gardens at Bomarzo are another highlight.

See also the the interesting town at Civita Castellana while in the north of the region.

Southern Rome - Lazio

South from Rome and into inland Lazio, highlights include Sermoneta (don't miss the Ninfa gardens) and the rebuilt abbey at Montecassino.

To the south-west of Lazio, on the coast, Gaeta is well placed and contains some interesting buildings and the resorts of Sperlonga and Terracina are also very popular.

Lazio highlights - a photo gallery

Note: gallery excludes Rome, see Rome

  • bolsena
  • civita-di-bagnoregio
  • labro
  • nemi
  • sermoneta
  • sperlonga
  • tivoli
  • torre-alfina
  • vitorchiano

Most Beautiful Villages - Rome-Lazio

The following Italian towns and villages in Rome-Lazio are listed among the 'most beautiful villages in Italy': Boville Ernica / Campodimele / Castel di Tora / Castel Gandolfo / Civita di Bagnoregio / Collalto Sabino / Monte San Giovanni Campano / Orvinio / San Donato Val di Comino / Sperlonga / Torre Alfina

Orange Flag Tourism towns in Rome-Lazio

The following Italian towns and villages in Rome-Lazio are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award): Arpino / Bolsena / Bomarzo / Campodimele / Caprarola / Casperia / Collepardo / Labro / Lioness / Nemi / San Donato Val di Comino / Sermoneta / Sutri / Trevignano Romano / Trodden / Tuscania / Vitorchiano

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Map of Rome - Lazio and places to visit

Places to visit near Rome - Lazio

Alatri

Alatri

The massive fortified walls of Alatri still surround the historic town centre

Alatri

Anagni

Anagni

The cathedral in Anagni is one of the best examples of roman style architecture in southern Italy

Anagni

Campidoglio

Campidoglio

Campidoglio is an area of central Rome that contains numerous beautiful buildings

Campidoglio

Caprarola

Caprarola

Caprarola highlights include the Palazzo Farnese and the Riario Palace

Caprarola

Civita Castellana

Civita Castellana

The cathedral, the churches and the fortress are among the highlights in Civita Castellana

Civita Castellana

Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia

The closest port town to Rome, Civitavecchia is a common stopping point for cruise ships

Civitavecchia

Ferentino

Ferentino

Above all it is several churches that are of architectural interest in Ferentino

Ferentino

Gaeta

Gaeta

Beaches, historic monuments and a museum combine to make Gaeta a popular destination

Gaeta

Palestrina

Palestrina

Ancient history is to the fore in Palestrina with the Roman Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia and Museum of Art and Archaeology

Palestrina

Rome

Rome

The capital of Italy, Rome is also one of our favourite cities in the world

Rome

Subiaco

Subiaco

In Subiaco you can visit two very extensive monastery complexes

Subiaco

Tarquinia

Tarquinia

Both the Etruscan and Medieval periods have left their mark on Tarquinia, such as the Necropolis of Monterozzi

Tarquinia

Terracina

Terracina

Terracina has a large free beach to attract visitors, and several important historic monuments to discover

Terracina

Trastevere

Trastevere

The Trastevere region of western Rome is one of the liveliest and most interesting parts of the city

Trastevere

Tuscania

Tuscania

The medieval walls and two basilicas are among the principal sights of interest in Tuscania

Tuscania