Lazio, a region of central Italy, is split into 5 provinces; Latina, Rieti, Rome Province, Viterbo and Frosinone. Despite being the most famous, the treasures of Lazio are not confined to Rome, but are spread throughout the hundreds of small towns and villages scattered across the hills and valleys of Lazio.
When in Lazio, most tourists have one goal: Rome. Holidays to Rome and renting apartments in Rome, the Eternal City, let you see more culture and heritage than in any other city I have had the pleasure of visiting. The Colosseum, The Vatican, the Forum and the Spanish Steps are a mere few of the most famous monuments in Rome. However, Rome is not just a city for those with an interest in history. Fashion or cuisine lovers also flock to Rome to sample the best shopping Italy has to offer. Once you have finished sight seeing and shopping in Rome, any holiday to Rome would be completed by a short course in gladiatorial combat at the Colosseum!
The Latina Province is the smallest of the Lazio provinces. It is a mountainous region, characterised by borghi, (small medieval hill settlements), and much of the beauty of the area lies in its natural uncontaminated landscape. This makes Latina a favourite destination for artists and walkers.
Rieti is even more mountainous. The capital city, of the same name, has some unique Roman architecture. The underwater Roman Bridge is certainly worth marvelling at! Leonessa, is a little resort town used both in summer and winter. In the summer it is an idyllic retreat in the hills for walking, painting and to use as a base for discovery of the province. In the winter however, it becomes a gateway to the skiing in Italy on Mount Terminilla.
Viterbo was an Etruscan territory, and is therefore rich in historic sites like those at Tarquinia, Vulci and Tuscania. The town itself is an elegant rich and lively town, surrounded by extinct volcanic craters.
Frosinone is different again. Frosinone is rich in both archaeological and artistic gems. Remains of Alatri and the Cyclopic Wall make fascinating viewing, and there are fascinating tours of the Abbey of Montecassino.
The region is blessed with a warm, temperate climate, with temperatures averaging 28˚C in July and August, cooling only slightly for the winter, when minimum average temperatures are around 13˚C, making weekend breaks to Rome in a Rome holiday apartment or walking holidays to Lazio perfect at any time of year.
Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is located just 26km from Rome centre, so the whole of the Lazio area is easily accessible, and not too far to carry your Rome shopping home!