LazioThe ancient heartland of the Roman Empire, the Papal State and Italy Italy
Latium is the region around the city of Rome. The area was inhabited by an Italic tribe, called the 'latins', in the iron age (10th century BCE). Members of the tribe founded Rome, and they gave their name to the entire region. Lazio is the modern Italian name for the region.
With the early growth of Rome the region was soon subjected to the city, and remained the immediate hinterland of the city of Rome for all of antiquity. The entire region is full of Roman ruins, not just in and around Rome, including some of the most important Roman sites, such as Ostia Antica, Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, and the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primogenia in Palestrina. To this list could be added many minor sites (by local standards): Roman country villas, aqueducts, roads, temples, catacombs, … Ancient Rome is ubiquitous in the region.
The northern part of Latium was originally under Etruscan control, and it is still called the Tuscia locally. The Etruscans transmitted to the Romans central parts of their culture and there is still much to see, for example in Tarquinia and Cerveteri.
- Castelli Romani - Hilly area SE of Rome famous for its wine and vulcanic lakes
- Ostia Antica - The ancient port city of Rome
- Palestrina - A major Roman sanctuary for Fortuna Primogenio
- Santuario della Mentorella
- Tarquinia - An etruscan city: necropolis and museum
- Tivoli - Ancient Roman city known for Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este
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