Lazio is a region of central Italy, with Rome as its capital, which extends from the central Apennines to the middle Tyrrhenian Sea. The territory does not have homogeneous physical characteristics, rather it is characterized by its heterogeneity, with a prevalence of mountainous and hilly areas; the plains are located near the coast. The region also includes the islands of the Pontine Archipelago, composed of six small islands, all of volcanic origin, located in front of the coast of Gaeta.
The history of Lazio is deeply marked by the history of Rome, both for what it represented for the region in its millennial unfolding, and for what this history determined with the consolidation of the temporal power of the Catholic Church, even this millennial, both for the strongly symbolic and ideological meaning that Rome came to exercise for the Kingdom of Italy, but also for the modern Italian Republic.
The Lazio cuisine is a home-style cuisine, where traditional dishes are composed of poor but cooked foods that are very tasty.
The most well-known international dishes of this gastronomy are certainly the Carbonara and the Amatriciana, two dishes that have gone around the world and that uniquely recall one of the most beautiful cities of the entire peninsula: Rome. These two traditional dishes are among the most popular and sought after in the capital, and can be found in almost all restaurants.
Lazio is a particularly lively region in terms of local festivals and traditions. Seventh for the number of Municipalities (378), it appears to be the first for the number of recorded events, with about 2000 annual appointments including 600 patron saints, village fairs and about 300 festivals.
Potentially it is one of the most voted viticultural Italian regions. The soils, unique in their kind, are rich in mineral substances while the Mediterranean climate with considerable temperature ranges is ideal for the correct ripening of the grapes. Added value then, is given by the cultivation of ancient vines: here in fact, viticulture is rooted since the time of the Etruscans.