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Destination Guide: Rome & the Lazio Region


The Lazio region is without a doubt Italy’s most famous region. Such global renown is due entirely to the country’s beautiful yet frantic capital city of Rome. As the cradle of all civilisation, Rome is one of the most remarkable capitals on the planet – and in elegance and excitement it doesn’t disappoint – but by no means does this single city define the region alone. Those with the luxury of time should venture outwards, into the verdant mountains and the tranquil lakes in the rest of Lazio’s untarnished scenery.

Whether you have a soft spot for city life or taste for the country, you won’t have to go further than the Lazio region to get the best of both worlds.

Getting There


Rome is one of the most accessible cities in Italy. As Italy’s shining capital, Rome’s two airports are serviced with international flights from all around the world. Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino is serviced by all the major airlines and Ciampino Airport receives budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet. Both airports have direct flights to and from key destinations from across the globe, and both provide transport links to Rome centre.

From Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci)


This is Italy’s largest airport and certainly one of the country’s most convenient and accessible. With a direct 30 minute express train to Rome Termini Station, you can get straight into the city in one simple journey.

From Ciampino Airport


The easiest way of getting from Ciampino Airport to Rome centre is to use the Terravision coach transfer. Just 13 Euros for a return ticket, it will barely dent your wallet. Alternatively, you can catch a bus into Ciampino town to catch a train from there.

Rome / Lazio Properties


 

Villa Laurentia

From £1431/week
Location: Rome centre & countryside
Sleeps: 8
Star Rating:
Pool Type: Private Pool
From £204
One of only 5 independent villas with their own private pools situated on a wine and oil producing estate only 2.5 miles from the quaint town of Magliano Sabina - largely untouched by mass tourism. Villa Laurentia is surrounded by vast expanses of vines and olive trees and offers lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The property benefits form a large, lawned garden with covered gazebo perfect for dining ‘al fresco’ and a BBQ area. The spacious living areas are tastefully furnished with large floor to ceiling windows which open on to the private pool - situated just a few meters from the property. Fully wheelchair accessible and fitted to host guests with disabilities. Wi-fi, dishwasher. Shared tennis court, table tennis and 5 aside football.

4 Beds
4 Bathrooms
8 Guests

Villa Roma

From £27439/week
Location: Rome centre & countryside
Sleeps: 12
Star Rating:
Pool Type: Private Pool
From £3920
A STUNNING luxury villa located in an unrivalled location in the heart of the Eternal city only a short walk from the centre of Rome! The property benefits from 6 en-suite bedrooms, enchanting floodlit gardens of 3300 square metres, and a beautiful private swimming pool. The stylish and spacious interiors are well appointed in a contemporary style. Welcome cocktail, daily maid & turn down service, butler, porter, daily continental breakfast & concierge service included. Villa Roma is suitable for the most discerning of guests. Luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Italian handmade linens and pillows. Wi-Fi. Cook available upon request. Nightly and weekly rentals available.

6 Beds
6 Bathrooms
12 Guests

Villa Sabina

From £1995/week
Location: Rome centre & countryside
Sleeps: 8
Star Rating:
Pool Type: Private Pool
From £285
One of only 5 independent villas with their own private pools situated on a wine and oil producing estate only one hour from Rome and 2.5 miles from the quaint town of Magliano Sabina - largely untouched by mass tourism. Villa Sabina is offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Wi-fi, dishwasher. Shared tennis court, table tennis and 5 aside football.

4 Beds
3 Bathrooms
8 Guests
 

Top Ten Things to Do


 

A trip to Rome simply isn’t complete without a visit to the Colosseum. Whilst some travellers like to go inside, others prefer to admire from the outside. Whichever you choose, do not omit this world famous Amphitheatre from your itinerary. But beware in peak seasons; queues can be extremely long so be sure to book your place online. Advance bookings will allow you to jump the queues.

The Roman Forum and Pantheon is a must for anyone who is interested in Rome’s beautiful ruins. Get up close to some of the city’s most striking historical remains, which are conveniently located just down the road from the Colosseum.

Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin into the water. Throwing a coin over your shoulder into this aqueduct-fed Rococo fountain (designed by Nicola Salvi) is believed to bring you good luck in life – and make sure you see the fountain both in the day and at night. When it is lit up in the evening, the atmosphere is electrifying.

One of Rome’s biggest features is the Vatican Museum, and within the museum lives one of the most wonderful creations of art ever made by man. The Sistine Chapel – named after Pope Sixtus IV who restored it between 1477-80 – is famous around the world for its ceiling frescos. Painted by a team of artists including Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli, this is one of the most iconic works of art, one that every art lover must see. For first time visitors to the Vatican, please be aware that it can get extremely busy and queues can be up to 4 hours long in peak periods. To avoid queuing, book tickets online.

If you’re looking for the coolest, hippest part of Rome and The Lazio, Monti is not to be missed. In many parts of Rome, it can be pretty difficult to escape the busy tourist crowds. But for somewhere lesser known by mainstream travellers, head to this formerly seedy slice of the city for alternative shopping and a hip restaurant scene loved by the young, the creative, and the stylish.

For the most breath-taking views, Circeo National Park is highly recommended. Just a 40 minute drive south of Rome, every traveller can easily escape the chaos of the city for a complete contrast in scenery and atmosphere. Circeo National Park sits along the coastal strip between Anzio and Terracina, giving you stunning views of the sea. Combined with lush green forest, coastal dunes and grottos, the experience is paradisiacal to say the least.

Set in the bowl of a volcanic crater, Lake Bolsena is a jewel in the heart of Italy. Very few tourists know about Lake Bolsena, making it an ideal resort for swimming and bathing if you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds. A few days out here could help you press that long-awaited ‘reset’ button and it provides travellers with a fantastic alternative to staying in Rome. Bordering Tuscany, Lake Bolsena makes a great base for exploring the neighbouring region.

Overlooked by the stunning Monte Terminillo, Rieti is a peaceful city with the most incredible postcard backdrop. Rieti itself is full of history and you can begin your historical tour at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II where the Fountain of Dolphins is a fantastic meeting point for locals. For a relaxed, moderate uphill walk go to Leonessa and discover Lazio’s natural beauty. The area is also suitable for mountain bikers.

As well as Monti, Trastevere is another fantastic place to find food in the city of Rome. Once very much separated from the rest of the city, Trastevere has been spared the duty of modernisation; it’s one of Rome’s last surviving pockets that resonates Medieval times. Filled with cool, hip bars and unpretentious restaurants (all reasonably priced), this neighbourhood is definitely worth exploring.

Il Bagnaccio hot spring near Viterbo is wonderful in springtime when the bright red poppy fields can be seen in the distance. This fantastic spring heated by the earth’s core is a bubbling delight for the locals. Even the most jaded traveller will find solace here and the shallow bathing pools make it ideal for families with children too.

Weather


Lazio is located in the central peninsula of Italy, where the Apennines play a big part in influencing the weather of the region. Like most of Italy, the climate is generally warm-hot for most parts of the year and even winters can be mild in some regions – so travelling at any time of year can be wonderful.

Summers can be 30°C or higher in the summer months, with the hottest period between July and August. Temperature lows are around 2°C in the coldest month of January – but most of autumn winter is comfortably mild with a few layers and a light coat. Bear in mind that Lazio and the coastal parts may experience wetter weather than Eastern Italy although rainfall is fairly moderate throughout the year, with autumn and winter generally being the wettest periods.

Regional Food & Wine


The combination of a mountainous and coastal terrain provides a rich landscape for farming, and the evidence of this in clear in the region’s lavish choice of delicious meats and vegetables. From the succulent lamb to the large, juicy tomatoes of the Lazio region, food here is an exciting prospect for anyone staying here.

But what you learn best whilst staying in Rome or its surrounding communes is that beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated. As the country’s capital, it has seen the migration of working class people over many years – and that is the heart and soul of its world-famous peasant cooking.

Dishes to Try in the Lazio Region

Traditional Roman cooking is very much influenced by the food of the working class; simple, fresh ingredients distinguished by an unfussy style of cooking. Flavours of the region are earthy and very little is wasted in the cooking process; every part of a meat or vegetable can provide some sort of flavour to the finished dish.
Dishes to try include the very simple yet spicy Spaghetti all’Amatriciana, the comforting peasant dish of Rigatoni Fatti a Mano con Cime di Rapa, and what’s known as the delicious “Jewish Artichoke”, Carciofi alla Giudia.

Regional Wines


Rome and Lazio is probably best known for its Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone wine which was unusually named back in the 12th century, and this wine is still available to buy across the region today. Well suited for white wine production, Lazio is the white wine lover’s paradise. From the Frascati DOC which is admired for its crispness and easy match for almost any Roman dish to the Marino DOC which is deliciously dry, there are many wonderful whites to choose from in this region.

But if you’re set on drinking red, there are still many enjoyable reds you can try, including the Aprilia or some of the locally produced Merlots.

 

Recommended Restaurants


Eating poorly in the Lazio region simply does not exist. But if you’re desperate to escape the busy tourist-filled squares of Rome, here are some impressive restaurants to check out during your time here.

 

Ristorante Solo Per Due (Rieti)


Named the “smallest restaurant in the world”, the close interior of Ristorante Solo Per Due is brimming with charm. An intimately lit drawing room sets the scene and a romantic fire roars in the background as you dine. Look out the window at sunset and you’ll catch the warm glow of the sun over the rolling vineyards. The food is divine and the service is outstanding. A must for real foodies.

La Tavernaccia (Rome)


A top local hangout, La Tavernaccia is a reasonably priced restaurant where you will find both a friendly and warm service as well as traditional and authentically cooked food. This family run affair offers a rustic menu including some simple pastas; Rigatoni con Pajata, Cacio e Pepe, and Rigatoni all’amatriciana.

 

Il Pagliaccio (Rome)


For something a little more upmarket, we would recommend Il Pagliaccio by Anthony Genovese. As one of Rome’s most talented and up and coming chefs, his restaurant offers a sophisticated take on the local food. Il Pagliaccio offers a tasting menu for 75 Euros and the anchovy and broad bean filled tortelli is to die for.

Ristorante Il Quadrato (Latina)


Just South of Rome down the Via Pontina is Latina, Lazio’s capital province. Here, close to the sea, you will be able to find some of the best seafood restaurants including one of our favourites – Ristorante Il Quadrato. The big juicy prawns are always a big hit for anyone who enjoys shellfish.

Annual Events


Home to Italy’s capital city, the Lazio region is always filled with exciting events throughout the year. Here are some annual events and festivals which may interest you during your visit.

 

Natale di Roma (April)


It may be unusual for some cities to celebrate their birthdays, but Rome is no ordinary city. Head down to the famous Campidoglio on the 21st April where the locals will gather to watch the celebratory fireworks.

Rieti Danza Festival (April/May)


Soak up some culture at the Rieti Danza Festival, a festival dedicated to sharing the country’s love of dance through time. The competition stage at the Rieti Danza Festival has been graced by so many famous Italian dancers but it also shows great support for younger dancers, with age categories for 11-13 years, 14-17 years, and 18-25 years.

Festa de Noantri (July)


The Trastevere region was once dominated by the working class and even though it’s developed into one of Rome’s youngest and hippest neighbourhoods, the people of Trastevere still like to celebrate its roots with an exciting festival. Taking place in Piazza Santa Maria in late July, this festival brings together a series of art events and street celebrations.

 

Cinema – Festa Internazionale di Roma (October)


Rome has finally got its own film festival after many years; the Festa Internazionale di Roma first started in 2006 and has become a famous annual affair. It spans across various venues in the city and is ideal for culture vultures or film students

Fiesta (June)


This Latin American themed festival attracts millions of visitors every single year. With the live music and dancing, it really is no surprise. The outskirts of Rome come to life with this rich cultural festival; expect young, lively crowds and big stages.

 

 

 
 

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