Lazio, Italy Area Information
Heart of the Roman Empire Lazio (Latium) is often overlooked in favour of its neighbouring regions of Tuscany and Umbria. To do so is to ignore an area rich in history and archaeological sites with a landscape of gentle hills, expansive plains, beaches, lakes and, of course, the Eternal City of Rome.
Our search for properties in Lazio has focused on the area north of Rome, close to Lakes Bracciano and Bolsena. Lago di Bracciano is a popular weekend destination for many Romans, who come to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. The town of Bracciano, dominated by the imposing 'Castello Orsini-Odescalchi', is a charming place with cobbled streets leading down to the lakeside. Follow the lakeside road to Anguillara Sabazia, a higgledly piggledy town on a promontory.
Lago di Bolsena is the fifth largest lake in Italy. Bolsena, on its north side, is a most likeable relaxed town and a good base for water sport activities. It sits on the ancient Via Cassia which leads to Montefiascone, a village renowned for its good restaurants and an August wine festival promoting the local wines.
Between the two lies Viterbo, an historic town with a well preserved medieval centre. In nearby Bagnaia, visit the famous gardens of Villa Lante or head towards the coast and the Etruscan tombs at Tarquinia, noted for their painted decorations.
And finally Rome, the city which has captured the imagination of visitors for millennia. It needs no introduction but suffice to say, a day's sightseeing will only afford a tantalising glimpse of what it has to offer.
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In Lazio, wholesome, fresh ingredients are used in simple recipes that have been handed down over the centuries. When in Rome, avoid the tourist restaurants and venture down a side street to find a family run 'osteria' where no one stands on ceremony. Try any dish featuring the 'romanesco' artichoke, or spaghetti 'all'amatricina'. Visit any of the lakes and enjoy a delicious plate of freshwater fish, fried or roasted over wood fires. Grapes have been cultivated in the region since Etruscan times and some excellent wines are produced. Gradoli, Frascati and Montefiascone are names to look out for.
The 'Misteri di Santa Cristina' takes place July 23rd & 24th, in honour of the martyr.
The various torments are depicted in a series of tableaux around the town, played by the local people.
The tradition is that once you have a place in a particular tableau it is yours for life.
Throughout July and August, Bracciano hosts many concerts, theatre events and other festivals in the evenings.
During the last weekend of June, Bolsena town is transformed by a colourful display of hydrangeas.
People come from all over Italy to turn the streets and piazzas of the town into an immense flower garden, a most civilised and vibrant festival!
Spring is a wonderful time to explore: wildflowers carpet the meadows, the air is fresh and the temperatures perfect for days out sightseeing. Summer is hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C. This warm weather often extends into September, prolonging the summer. Towards the end of the month and into October, the air becomes crisper, heralding the onset of autumn in all its glory.
There are two airports in Lazio, both situated around Rome. Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino are served by scheduled and low cost airlines from many UK airports, with many daily flights. Perugia airport is also an option, served by Ryanair from Stansted.
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