HISTORY OF LAZIO:
The name of Lazio region descends from Latium, the area on which the Latins settled around the year 1000 BC. Their language, the Latin language, passed later to the city-state of Ancient Rome. Read More [...]
After the Gothic conquest of Italy at the end of the 5th century, Lazio became part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, and after the Gothic War from the middle of the 6th century and the conquest by the Byzantine Empire, the region became the Duchy of Rome.
During the next centuries, the strengthening of the religious aristocracy led to continuous power struggles between secular lords and the pope. From the middle of the 16th century, the papacy unified Lazio with the Papal States.
Lazio was part of the ephemeral Roman Republic, after which it became a puppet state of the First French Republic, under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1799, the region returned to the Papal States, in 1809 it was annexed to the French Empire, and came again under the Pope's control in 1815.
On September 20, 1870, Rome was captured, the Italian unification was completed, and Lazio was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy.
GEOGRAPHY OF LAZIO:
Located in Central Italy, Lazio borders with Tuscany to the northwest, with Umbria and Marche to the north, with Abruzzo and Molise to the east, with Campania to the south, and with the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. Read More [...]
The region is mainly flat, with small mountainous areas, and its coast is mainly composed of sandy beaches. The central section of the region is occupied by the Roman Countryside (Roman Campagna), a vast alluvial plain surrounding the city of Rome.
Lazio is divided into four provinces and one metropolitan city – Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Viterbo and Rome. Besides Rome, other important cities are Latina, Fiumicino, Aprilia, Viterbo, Anzio and Tivoli.
TRANSPORT TO/IN LAZIO:
The main airports of Lazio are the Fiumicino International Airport Leonardo da Vinci, located about 30 kilometers southwest of Rome, and the Ciampino International Airport G.B. Pastine, located about 12 kilometers southeast of the city. Read More [...]
From each of the two airports, you can reach the central Rome, more precisely the Roma Termini railway station, by bus.
Lazio has an extensive rail network, and you can easily travel between cities by train. A trip from Rome to Latina takes about 40 minutes, and a ticket costs 4.10€. A trip from Rome to Viterbo takes about 2 hours and a half, and the cheapest ticket is 5.60€.