With ancient treasures, medieval towns, remote hilltop monasteries and volcanic lakes, Lazio is one of Italy's great surprise packages.

Its epic capital needs no introduction. Rome has been mesmerising travellers for millennia and still today it casts a powerful spell. It’s home to some of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces and its romantic cityscape, piled high with haunting ruins and iconic monuments, is achingly beautiful.

But beyond the city, Lazio more than holds its own. Cerveteri and Tarquinia’s Etruscan tombs, Hadrian’s vast Tivoli estate, Subiaco’s monasteries and Ostia Antica's remarkable ruins – these are sights to rival anything in the country.

The region also boasts pockets of great natural beauty – lakes surrounded by emerald green hills, remote Apennine peaks and endless sandy beaches. Add fabulous food and wine and you have the perfect recipe for a trip to remember.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Lazio.