Cradle of Western civilization and Christian culture, of legends and history, of ancient streets and green hills: this is Lazio, a region of central Italy bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, run by the waters of the River Tiber and characterized by a territory in hilly and mountainous but flat in the proximity of the coast.
The region offers landscapes that contrast and complement, intact natural scenery and spectacular horizons enclosed in urban centers. The visitor can go into extraordinary paradises even in the city walls. An example of this is Villa Borghese in Rome, capital of Italy, the most famous city park where to walk, even by bicycle. The villa is also very interesting for the possibility of visiting the Borghese Gallery and its masterpieces.
Lazio is also a spa district, whose history is linked to the many sources of healing water that had a huge development during the Roman era, both in the Republican and imperial times. The Romans built sumptuous thermal baths with spectacular testimonies, spread throughout the territory, such as the Baths of Caracalla, in the heart of Rome.
Tivoli is another spa resort but its name is mainly related to the artistic beauty that it cares. Its fame is due to monumental villas: Villa D’Este, characterized by beautiful fountains, gardens and palace, magnificence of the Renaissance period and Villa Adriana, ancient residence of Emperor Adriano. The two villas were listed by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites.
To those who prefer the sea the region offers authentic pearls such as Gaeta, Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo, Sperlonga and the Pontine Islands, with Ponza, Ventotene in Palmarola, while lake lovers can not help but go to Bracciano where it is located a charming expanse of water surrounded by the intense green of the surrounding nature, with the imposing Odescalchi castle in the middle.
Walking through the medieval streets of the villages near the shores of the lake, it will give a perception of how these places are linked not only to the Roman empire but also to different epochs and civilizations.
An example is Lake Bolsena, in Viterbo, the largest lake of volcanic origin in Europe, from which two islands emerge, Bisentina and Martana, which, with the charm of the surrounding nature and the beautiful views, combine history with the traces left by the Etruscans and the Romans and the historical periods that have followed.
Finally, they will not be disappointed by the mountain lovers who will find great ski resorts in Lazio such as Terminillo, Livata and Campo Staffi. Visiting these lands leaves the memory of unique places, intense emotions, but also the clear perception of the inexorable flow of time, which motivates all attempts by those who preceded us to challenge the centuries by leaving us something of ourselves.
The provinces are: Rome (capital), Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Viterbo.