Lazio is the region that surrounds Rome. A variety of interesting sights can be found in Lazio. Top things to see include Roman and Etruscan sites, lakes, Papal palaces, wine, gardens, small hill towns, and the whimsical Bomarzo Monster Park. This region also has a long stretch of coastline with good beaches. Within Lazio is Vatican City, which is really a separate country.
* Ostia Antica, west of Rome, was the port of ancient Rome. The vast ruins of Ostia Antica can easily be visited as a day trip from Rome by taking the local train, making a convenient alternative to visiting Pompeii. Near Ostia Antica is the beach town of Ostia Lido for those looking for a break from the heat in summer. See Rome day trip to Ostia Antica for visiting information.
* Tivoli, about 20 miles east of Rome, is home to the magnificent Villa d’Este with its beautiful gardens and fantastic fountains. Also visit the ancient Roman site of Hadrian’s Villa just outside Tivoli. Both sites can easily be seen on the same day.
* Lakes Braciano and Bolsena, north of Rome, are ringed with charming villages along their shores. Montefiascone, a medieval village overlooking Lake Bolsena, is known for its good white wine called Est! Est! Est!.
* Castelli Romani and Colli Albani, in the volcanic hills south of Rome, are where Romans come in summer to escape the heat. Villas and small towns dot the hills. The Pope’s summer palace is in Castel Gandolfo, one of the Castelli Romani towns. Pope Francis doesn’t use it so the gardens are now open to the public. Another popular town in this area is the wine town of Frascati. See this Castelli Romani map for town locations.
* Tarquinia has one of the best Etruscan sites in Italy. There’s a good archaeological museum in town. But the main draw is the Etruscan necropolis that dates back 3000 years with more than 6000 tombs, about 400 of which are painted with frescoes. The town itself has a good medieval center to visit too. Cerveteri is another good Etruscan site to visit.
* Bomarzo Monster Park and Villa Lantes are two of the best smaller gardens to visit. Bomarzo Park is filled with grotesque statues. Villa Lantes is an Italian Renaissance garden with fountains, on a smaller scale than Villa d’Este.
* Montecassino Abbey, south of Rome, is famous as the site of a major WWII battle. Although destroyed in the war, it was quickly rebuilt to original specifications. Because of its hill top position, it has commanding views over the countryside. The World War II sites of Anzio and Nettuno are also in this area. Near them, Gaeta and Sperlonga are nice seaside town with good beaches and picturesque town centers.
* Civitavecchia, about 50 miles northwest of Rome, is the port for cruise ships leaving from or arriving in Rome. If you’re taking a cruise that leaves from or arrives at Civitavecchia, see how to get to Rome or the airport from the port.
Lazio is suitable for all budgets, from economical to luxurious.
Lazio, and all of Italy, uses the common European currency called the euro. Euro coin denominations are 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents and 1 and 2 euro coins. Paper currency is in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 euro (and higher). The word euro is both singular and plural.
Prices often change or vary by season so we refrain from quoting exact prices that might be wrong. To give you a rough idea for planning purposes, we indicate general price ranges for points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in €.
See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15- €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 or higher per person
Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 or more for a double
Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 or more for a double
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€€ => Above €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets more than €50 per person
The best way to get cash in Italy is usually by using a cash machine, called a Bancomat at the bank or Postamat at the post office. There’s often a 250 euro limit for withdrawals though. Many small restaurants, shops, and even places to stay may not accept credit cards so it’s always a good idea to have cash, especially if you’re traveling outside the main tourist destinations. Be sure to alert your banks before you leave that you’ll be using your debit and credit cards in Italy.
Travelers checks are rarely used these days and it may be difficult to find a place to cash them.