Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. It is the third most populatous region of the country and is the second largest economy of Italy, with over 5.7 million residents and a regional GDP of more than 170 billion euros. The region is situated in the central peninsular section of the country, facing a body of water on one side and clicked with another region on the other. The region is further known as the cradle of occidental civilisation and Christian culture, and is famous for its lakes and legends that have been embedded to us through history.
What to see & do
Being one of the more important regions in Italy and in Europe, Lazio is blessed with an abundant number of tourism destinations that are both famous and historical. Some structures here date back as far as the time of the emperors, while some, even though they are modern – follow the over-all vibe of the place.
Colosseum – The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, the capital of Italy. It is built of concrete and stone and is known as the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire. It is also considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and is the largest amphitheatre in the world. The Colosseum attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the word because of its importance in the history of Italy and Rome. It is an insignia of the emperors, the gladiators, the rulers, the political parties, and the state; a place where the Romans convene to see life and death unfold in front of them. Today, the Colosseum is utilised by the city of Rome as one of its popular tourist destinations, with parts of the arena re-floored and a section now transformed into a museum dedicated to Eros (Roman: Cupid), the Greek god of love. The Colosseum is also the site of Roman Catholic ceremonies in the later centuries.
Roman Forum – The Roman Forum is a popular site or ruins at the centre of the city of Rome. It is a plaza where several important ancient government buildings where erected, being referred to as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. Surviving structures (or ruins) here include the Tabularium, the Gemonian stairs, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, the Arch of Septimius, Severus, Curia, Julia, Rostra, Basilica Aemilia, Forum Main Square, Basilica Iulia, Temple of Caesar, Regia, Temple of Castor and Pollux, and the Temple of Vesta. Some of Rome's earliest shrines and temples were located on the Forum as well, including the ancient former royal residence, the Regia, the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, and the Temple of Vesta, which were all rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.
Arch of Constantine – The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome, and the only one to make extensive use of spolia, re-using several major reliefs from second century imperial monuments, which give a striking and famous stylistic contrast to the sculpture newly created for the arch.
Castel Sant'Angelo – The Mausoleum of Hadrian, or commonly known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano. It was initially commissioned by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family, before being used later by the popes as a fortress and castle. It was decommissioned in 1901 and now houses a museum.
How to get around Lazio
The whole of Lazio, especially Rome, is blessed with various travel options that are perfect for tourists and locals. Although driving is quite a pain especially during the rush hours, taxi cabs are a gift here – since the drivers know shortcuts and back alleys that can be useful especially when the traffic gets heavy. Further, cheap travel options include buses, hop-on hop-off buses, tram lines, the metro, the light rail system, and the regional train systems. They are mostly crowded, but are cheap, quick, and efficient, so if not claustrophobic, riding these are non-issues. Other ways to get around include bicycles, mopeds, and 'segways'.
How to get there
The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is the main airport in the country and of Rome. It is conveniently located within the capital, and is served by airlines including Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Canada, Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet, Alitalia, and many others.