Italy in Photos
Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia
Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the enchanting Italian region of Lazio: – Lazio, also known as Latium, is a region located in central Italy. It is the second most populated region in Italy after Lombardy and has a GDP of more than €197 billion per year. The region is bordered by Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche to the north, Abruzzo and Molise to the east, Campania to the south, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy. Lazio has a land area of 17,242 km² and a population of 5,714,882 people. The region is mainly flat with small mountainous areas in the most eastern and southern districts. The coast of Lazio is mainly composed of sandy beaches punctuated by the headlands of Cape Circeo (541 m) and Gaeta (171 m). The Pontine Islands, which are part of Lazio, are off Lazio’s southern coast. Behind the coastal strip to the north lies the Maremma Laziale (the continuation of the Tuscan Maremma), a coastal plain interrupted at Civitavecchia by the Tolfa Mountains (616 m). The central section of the region is occupied by the Roman Campagna, a vast alluvial plain surrounding the city of Rome with an area of approximately 2,100 km. The southern districts are characterized by the flatlands of Agro Pontino, a once swampy and malarial area that was reclaimed over the centuries. Lazio has a rich history and culture that dates to ancient times. It was home to several ancient civilizations such as Etruscans, Latins, and Sabines. The region was also an important centre for art during the Renaissance period. Today, Lazio is known for its beautiful landscapes and monuments. Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lazio and attracts millions of visitors every year. It offers endless new discoveries thanks to its enormous artistic heritage. As a matter of fact, it is home to two capitals in one city: the Italian capital and the home of the Pope in Vatican City.
Apart from Rome, Lazio boasts an area of great impact and remarkable variety with its long coastline, beautiful hills, and Apennine mountains. It has several historic sites ideal for excursions and out-of-town trips starting from Rome. Visitors can enjoy delightful occasions while touring ancient villages, stunning parks, splendid lakes, and even the sea. Some popular tourist attractions include Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Castelli Romani hill towns such as Frascati and Castel Gandolfo (the Pope’s summer residence), Tarquinia’s Etruscan tombs, Civita di Bagnoregio’s medieval village on a hilltop connected by a bridge to mainland Italy, and many more. Lazio is also known for its delicious cuisine. Some popular dishes include spaghetti alla carbonara (pasta with bacon), saltimbocca alla romana (veal with prosciutto), carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style artichokes), supplì (rice balls with tomato sauce), maritozzi con la panna (sweet buns with whipped cream), and many more. Lazio is a beautiful region located in central Italy that offers visitors an unforgettable experience. With its rich history and culture dating back to ancient times, beautiful landscapes and monuments, delicious cuisine, and much more, it is no wonder that it attracts millions of visitors every year. With Italy in Photos, be transported to Lazio’s captivating world, one image at a time.
The Provinces of Lazio
Rome – The Province of Rome was one of the five provinces that formed part of the Lazio region of Italy. It was established in 1870 and disestablished in 2014, when it was replaced by the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital. The province was essentially coterminous with the Rome metropolitan area, hosting a population of over 4.3 million people. The city of Rome, the capital of Italy and the province, was the cultural, historical, and political center of the province, as well as a major tourist destination. The province also included other important cities and towns, such as Civitavecchia, the main port of the region, and Tivoli, famous for its villas and gardens. The province of Rome was rich in natural and artistic heritage, boasting a variety of landscapes, from the coast to the hills, and numerous monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, and Ostia Antica. The province of Rome was a dynamic and diverse territory, where ancient and modern coexisted in harmony.
Frosinone – The Province of Frosinone is a province located in the Lazio region of Italy. It has a population of 493,605. The province is home to 91 comuni (singular: comune), with its capital being the city of Frosinone . The province was established by royal decree on December 6, 1926, with territories belonging to the then provinces of Rome and Caserta. The province largely follows the territory of the low and middle Latin Valley, a larger region that extends from south of Rome to Cassino . The territorial boundaries are mostly marked by mountain ranges: the Ernici Mountains to the north and the Lepini Mountains to the southwest, the Ausoni and Aurunci Mountains to the south, the Mainarde to the northeast . The mountain system of the territory of the province of Frosinone follows the natural development of the mountain ranges of the Italian peninsula; the two main systems are part of the central Apennines to the north, and the Lazio pre-Apennines to the south, divided by the low and middle Latin Valley crossed by the Sacco and rivers. The province has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times, with the first traces of human presence in the provincial territory dating back to prehistoric times. The province is also home to a famous skull of Homo erectus (Homo cepranensis), dating from 800,000 years ago, which constitutes the most ancient finding of the Homo species in Europe. The province is a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the beauty of the Italian countryside and learn about its rich history.
Latina – The Province of Latina is a province located in the Lazio region of Italy. It has a population of 561,189 1. The province is home to 33 comuni (singular: comune), with its capital being the city of Latina. The province was established on December 18, 1934, encompassing mainly the drained areas of the Agro Pontino previously part of the province of Rome. The province is characterized by a variety of geographical and historical areas. The mainland area is mostly occupied by limestone hills and mountains, including the Lepini, Aurunci, and Ausoni ranges. The highest elevation is that of 1,533-metre Monte Petrella (Aurunci). The climate is semi-continental with hot summers and cold winters; temperatures rarely fall below 0 °C (32 °F). The mountains are characterized by small medieval settlements (borghi) and traditionally live of cattle raising and agriculture. The province has a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age, with complex permanent settlement systems and functionally differentiated societies developed in the Pontine region. The province is also home to the port of Gaeta and Formia, in the southernmost part of the province, which belonged traditionally and linguistically to Campania.
Rieti – The Province of Rieti is a province in the Lazio region of central Italy, with a rich history and culture. Its capital is the city of Rieti, which was founded by the Sabines, an ancient people who inhabited the area before the Romans. The province has a population of 157,887 people as of 2017. It is divided into 73 comuni (municipalities), each with its own traditions and attractions. The province is largely mountainous, with several ranges and peaks that offer scenic views and opportunities for hiking and skiing. Some of the most notable mountains are Monte Terminillo (2217 m), Monte Nuria (2458 m), Monte Giano (2390 m), and Monte Navegna (2400 m). The province also has two artificial lakes: Lago del Salto and Lago del Turano, both created during the Fascist period. Lago del Salto is the largest lake in the Lazio region and is situated at an altitude of 1,755 metres (5,758 ft). The province has many natural oases, castles, fortresses and Franciscan sanctuaries that reflect its diverse heritage. Some examples are Castel di Tora, a medieval castle that overlooks the valley; Sant’Angelo in Vado, a Franciscan monastery that dates back to the 13th century; San Martino di Castelnuovo della Lucera, a town that preserves its ancient walls and towers; and San Pietro in Montagna, a town that hosts an annual pilgrimage to its basilica. The province is also home to several protected areas that host a variety of wildlife and flora. To the south lies the Parco regionale naturale dei Monti Lucretili2, which contains rare species such as wolves, bears, lynxes and chamois. To the east lies the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, which boasts stunning landscapes such as alpine meadows, glacial lakes and volcanic craters. The Province of Rieti is a place where nature meets history, where tradition meets innovation, where beauty meets adventure. It is a place worth visiting for anyone who loves Italy’s countryside and culture.
Viterbo – The Province of Viterbo is a province in the Lazio region of Italy, located in the central part of the country. It is the most northerly of the provinces of Lazio and is bordered to the south by the Metropolitan City of Rome and to the south-east by the province of Rieti. The region of Tuscany (province of Grosseto) borders it to the north and Umbria (province of Terni) to the east. The Tyrrhenian Sea is located to the west. The province has a total population of 318,163 inhabitants. The capital of the province is the city of Viterbo, which is known for its medieval architecture and thermal springs. The province is home to 60 comuni (municipalities) and is governed by President Alessandro Romoli. The province is also called Tuscia and is known for its rich history, including the presence of Etruscan cities such as Tuscania, Vetralla, Tarquinia, and Viterbo. The province is also home to the Palazzo dei Papi (Palazzo Papale), which is a palace in Viterbo that was built in the 13th century and served as a residence for the popes. The palace is now a museum and is open to the public.