Lazio

The Region has five administrative divisions: Viterbro, Rieti, Rome, Latina and Frosinone.

Therre are also four ancient volcanic areas with the craters of extinct volcanoes forming the lakes of Bolsena, Vico, Bracciano, Albano and Nemi.

I think for our first travels to Italy, we place Lazio at the bottom of the list of places to visit. But, in the course of travelling in the Region I must say that call was wrong.

The centre of the Region is Rome.

Lasio | Latium

Tuscania Basicila San Pietrp

Lasio | Latium is the region that surrounds Rome. It is a region of varied landscape. Beaches, landscapes, and what seems like endless monuments dating back to Roman times. Over the years we have criss-crossed the region and enjoyed the sights and experiences. On some of our first trips we would travel through the region on the way to a different location. Then on some trips we stayed in one location and explored the region in more detail. The Region has four ancient volcanic areas, with the craters of extinct volcanoes forming the lakes of Bolsena, Vico, Bracciano, Albano and Nemi. Today the Region of Latium, or Lazio, has five provinces.

Rome

Rome is not to be missed. We love Rome, we travel there almost every year, but I must admit over the past few years it is a city that is becoming harder to take because of the sheer number of tourists.

Tuscania

San Pietro, Tuscania An ancient Etruscan settlement, with numerous churches, monuments and ancient buildings. St Maria del Riposo has important and noteworthy frescoes. St Maria Maggiore (8C) has 14C fresco. Basilica oSt Pietro, main holy building, in Lombard/Romanesque style. The Fontana delle Sette Cannelle was built during the Etruscan-Roman Age. Porta del Popolo and Porta del Poggio, are the two main gates to the ancient fortified city.

Parco degli Acquedotti

Parco degli Acquedotti

I wanted to visit this ancient park with the goal of seeing and photographing the aqueducts. The park has remains of seven different aqueducts. If visiting from Rome, take Metro Line A to Giulio Agricola Metro Station. Leave and turn southeast on Viale Giulio Agricola. Four blocks and you end on Via Lemonia. The park is right beside via Lemonia.

 

Monte Romano Aqueduct

Monte Romano Aqueduct

in 2017 to Lazio we stayed at Montalto di Castro at an excellent agriturismo - La Pecora Ladra. It was so good we are booked again for 2018. The town of Montalto di Castro is a little over an hour drive from the Rome airport, so it was possible to fly all day to Italy, pick up the car, and then drive to La Pecora Ladra. The location is well positioned to visit a variety of locations throughout Lazio/Latium as well as parts of Tuscany and Umbria.

Turns out the aqueduct was not built by the Romans but dates to the 1700s. A variety of sections majestically stand today.


Montalto di Castro

Montalto di Castro

What can I say. Everyone was friendly here! We stayed here in 2017, and liked it so much, we have already booked a return visit in 2018. The old hill top walled town (pop 8000) with a historic centre. Good base to tour the area. Historic center a postcard type medieval town, l walled and dominated by its ages-old castle - Castello Guglielmi(15C).Once belonged to the powerful Orsini family. The ancient Roman road, the Via Aurelia, passes right by the town.

The seaside sister Montalto Marina (2 km) not that impressive but must pop in the summer. A killer piazza restaurant - Bar La Torre Di Miralli Giuletta has fantastic piazza, served on sheets of paper, carried by hand to your table. No knives or forks.

Tarquinia

Tarquinia

Above: Santa Maria in the Castello

Tarquinia, Unesco designation for the necropolis with stunning frescoed tombs.The centre of the old town is particularly charming. The Barriera di San Giusto is the ancient entrance to the town. Next you will be in the Piazza Cavour with the Renaissance palazzo Vitelleschi. Via G. Mazzini lead to Piazza del Duomo where you can admire the marvelous Cathedral of Santa Margherita (Saint Margaret) with its majestic bell tower. Walk along the Via Porta di Castello to reach the Church of Saint Mary in the Castle.

The Romanesque Church of Saint Mary in the Castle is located in the oldest part of Tarquinia. Take  Via di Porta Castello, pass through ancient gate with the Tower of Danteand the Tower of Matilde di Canossa all part the visual scene. I was there early on the morning, so while I did not have to put up with crowds.

On future trips I will seek out the archaeological area of Gravisca. This is an ancient Etruscan port, today called Port Clementino (Pope Clement XIII had it restored.

Viterbo

Viterbo

We have not been to Viterbo in a number of years and it is on our list of towns to visit for our 2018 tour of the Lazio Region. More information on Viterbo and some of the towns that surround it.

Bolsena

Bolsena

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena, there is a pleasant historic centre to the town. On our visit, one of the festivals had the streets line with flower petals. If you visit the castle there are great views of the city.

Montefiascone

Montefiascone

The town is located on a whill, overlooking the lake. The Montefiascone Cathedral is one of the most important churches in the area and has one of the largest domesin Italy.

Capalbio

Capalbio

A medieval town in the sourthern Maremma. Capalbio, latin for bald head, which is the symbol of the town. Old walls surround the town. The fortress of Aldobrandeschi and its tall tower stands over the red roofs of the stone buildings. Main square has the church of San Nicola (12-13C). The garden of Taro Cards has sculptures depicting the 22 major arcanes of the tarot cards. Located 24 km from Montalto di Castro.

Ischia di Castro

Ischia di Castro

Located on the way to Valentano, Ischia di Castro. Access to thie historical centre is through the arch under the clock tower, built at the end of the Rocca Farnesesl This was one of the oldest residences of the Farneses family.

Farnese

Farnese

Smal town on a rocky cliff. This may be more of a photoshoot from a distance.

Caprarola

Caprorola

Caprarola has the Palazzo Farnese - the amazing 16th century villa of the Farnese Family. The villa, now owned by the Government, is open daily, except Mondays. The park is only open on weekdays.

Sutri

Sutri

We hope to get to Sutri, located on big tuffaceous cliff along the historic Roman road Cassia, on our 2018 visit. Sutri is a beautiful ancient town scattered with archeological sites: Roman amphitheatre, Etruscan necropolis, ancient mithraeum later converted in a Catholic church and an elegant Romanesque Duomo.

Soriano nel Cimino

Soriano nel Cimino

Another location we may visit in 2018. The Orsini Castle (13C) dominates the town. The Palazzo Chigi-Albani (16C), San Giorgia church (11C), Duomo (18C), Fontana Vecchia (15C), Porta Romano are all sights to see. Located 68 kk, 1 hr from Montalto di Castro.

Ronciglione

Ronciglione

Perched on a tuff spur. Dates to 11th C. Between 1526 and 1649 building of Porta Romana, the Town Hall, and the Fountain of unicorns were built. Romanesque Church of St. Mary of Providence is a must visit: it was built on the edge of a cliff in the 11th c. The Duomo (1671), Romanesque Church of St. Eusebius worth a visit: it’s situated on the way to Rome, 2 km. away from the village. We may make it, it is 72 km/1hr15 min from Montalto di Castro.