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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Aug 2019 > Homes in Lazio

Homes in Lazio

Rome steals all the attention, but the rest of this region deserves far more fame. Rural homeseekers will find lyrical hills, sleepy lakesides, friendly little towns and historical treasures all around. They’ll also find superb value for money, says Fleur Kinson.
Ceccano, Frosinone, stands in the area also known as Ciociaria

All roads lead to Rome. But they can also lead out of it, and exploration pays off. Italy’s capital city might be one of the country’s most famous and most visited places, but few non-Italians know much about the region this city sits in. Lazio is a predominantly rural, spacious place blessed with lovely landscapes. Basking in its warm central Italian climate are leafy hills, crystal-clear lakes, uncrowded beaches and peaceful little towns stuffed with fine architecture.

Rome is hard to ignore, and one of the big pluses of Lazio is the unrivalled opportunity it offers to hop between capital city glitz and deep rustic tranquillity. Each is readily available to counter the other when you need it. Rome is Italy’s very biggest and most populous city (it’s more than twice the size of second city Milan), but the rest of Lazio is tranquil and thinly-populated, its wild and agricultural spaces punctuated by friendly towns and sleepy villages where everyone knows everyone else and the sense of community is very strong.

Millions of people flock to Rome every year to ooh and ahh over its dazzling ancient remains, but rural Lazio has historical relics to die for too. Out in the region’s countryside, you’re likely to stumble across giant-cobblestoned Roman roads in cropfields, crumbling old amphitheatres out in the woods or overgrown Etruscan tombs incised with Greek letters written backwards. Arguably, ancient history comes to life in rural Lazio even more than it does in the Eternal City, if only because out here it hasn’t been dug up, cleaned up, reconstructed or neatly laid out with information panels. By just still sitting there undisturbed in the undergrowth, it seems to provide an even more direct and vivid link to the past.

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About Italia!

This is the month of Ferragosto, the festival on the 15th of August celebrated throughout Italy, (also in San Marino and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, fact fans…). If you’ve been in Italy in August, you’ll know the kind of festive mood the country is in, and you’ll find it in this issue of Italia! too!