Home of Italy's capital city, the region of Lazio offers so much more than just the ancient centre of one of the most powerful empires that ever ruled the Earth.
The problem with many tourists is that they are often so concerned with the motorway signs that lead to the capital city, they often forget to turn their heads once in a while and gaze at the marvellous countryside that prevails.
Lazio boasts many of Italy's finest attributes; the north delivers a gentle transition into the lush central region of the country, characterised by olive groves, stunning vineyards and grasslands. On the other hand, the southern end of Lazio boasts numerous quirky towns of Castelli Romani and coutryside like the Alban Hills before branching out into the sun soaked region of Campania.
This part of Lazio offers numerous coastal towns and although they are not incredibly popular with sun worshippers, they are very historic and played small parts in World War II. The cuisine in Lazio is very interesting and although it could be described as peasant food, the fact that nothing goes to waste tends to add an interesting flavour to many of the dishes. If you are a fan of haggis, some of the dishes may really capture your imagination here; Trippa alla Romana (cow's stomach sliced in tomato sauce) being a regional favourite.Towns like Viterbo offer plenty of medieval intrigue and Tuscania is one of the most picturesque locations of the Lazio region.