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Latium is the region including Rome (which is also capital of the region). The ancient history of Latium is closely linked to Rome's.
Before the city was founded, the area was inhabited by a varied population, among them, Etruscans and Latins. Testimonies of the ancient civilisations are Etruscan cities and necropolises, the acropolises and polygonal walls.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the fate of Latium was tied to that of the temporal power of the Papacy, which reinforced itself over the following centuries and remained intact down through the centuries until the unification of Italy in 1870.


-Rome: details about Rome...

-Viterbo- Ancient Etruscan center of upper Lazio, Viterbo was a papal residence until the 14th c. It experienced a time of great splendour during the Middle Ages. Among the things to see: the cathedral built in the 12th cent., Palazzo dei Papi and the church of San Francesco (13th cent.).

-Latina- Former Littoria fascist town, it was founded in 1932 in the the Agro Pontino area; it was renamed Latina after 1945. The city is a typical example of rationalist architecture to Fascist canons. In the surroundings: long beach on the Tyrrhenian coastline known as Lido di Latina

-Palestrina- Ancient town of Civitas Praenestina, it was a place of recreation to emperors and Roman patricians. Things to see: Palazzo Barberini (17th c) including the Prenestino Archaeological Museum that stores a famous mosaic representing the Nile flood (80 BC).

-Main Centers along the Circeo Coastline- San Felice Circeo, Terracina, Sperlonga.

-Ostia Antica- Archaeological site located just few km away from the city center of Rome, Ostia Antica was the port of ancient Rome. The most ancient archaeological remains currently visible in Ostia Antica date back to the third century B.C. (photos of Ostia Antica)

-Frascati- Frascati is an important historic and artistic center, which is renowned for its white wine. It is located 20 km South of Rome, on the Alban Hills, close the ancient city of Tusculum, in an area -- Castelli Romani, well-known for its excellent wines. Among the sights, its notable villas of the Papal Nobility, built from the 16th century by the Popes, and nobles of Roman aristocracy.

Natural sights

This region offers a variety of landscape, ranging from wide beaches on the Tyrrhenian coastline, to great pinewoods, to mountains (reach over 2.000 mt.) such as Mt.Terminillo and gentle hills.
Latium comprises a number of historically important minor centers, located within few miles from Rome, ideal destinations for day trips from the Eternal City.

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