Being home to a city as splendid as Rome, it’s inevitable that the surrounding region, Lazio, ends up being eclipsed. More’s the pity, because this region, once the homeland of the ancient Latins, has a huge amount to offer.
The North of modern Lazio historically belonged to the Etruscans, the most mysterious of ancient peoples. Their colourful painted tombs in Tarquinia are among the most interesting archaeological sites in Lazio and perhaps the whole of Italy. Former Etruscan settlements like Viterbo are today gentle, affluent towns having much in common with Tuscan life.
The southern half of Lazio begins to blend into Campania, with the cuisine and life of towns like Gaeta starting to feel unmistakably Neapolitan. And just south of the Eternity City, the gracious villas, gardens and towns of the Castelli Romani crowd around volcanic lakes, providing refreshing retreats from Roman summers. The popes retreat to Castelgandolfo while other well-heeled Romans take to beautiful Frascati, Ariccia and Nemi.
Land reclamation of the marshy Agro Pontino, just south of Rome, was followed by the construction of early 20th Century towns along Rationalist lines. These towns are unusual but nonetheless interesting for photographers seeking architecture of clean lines and curves, and endless play between light and shadow on these iconic facades.
As the most tantalising city in Lazio, Italy and perhaps the whole of Europe, my photograph collections of Rome have been given a separate section which can be accessed here.
List of photographs of Lazio available in my collection
EUR & rationalist architecture of Rome’s FORO ITALICO, LATINA & SABAUDiA.
CASTELLI ROMANI (May 2015, July 2017) – Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, Genzano di Roma, Grottaferrata, Nemi.
TIVOLI (May 2015) – Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este.
TUSCIA (North of Lazio) (May 2015) – VITERBO Historic centre, Palazzo dei Papi, walls, gates, thermal baths, CIVITA Di BAGNOREGIO, MONTEFIASCONE (October 2019), CAPRANICA (October 2019), NEPI (October 2019), SOVANA, PITIGLIANO, TUSCANIA (church of San Pietro, chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore), TARQUINIA (Historic centre, etruscan tombs, Acquedotto delle Arcatelle) VILLAS & GARDENS: Bagnaia – Villa Lante, Vignanello – Castello Ruspoli, Bomarzo – Sacro Bosco (Parco dei Mostri), Caprarola – Palazzo Farnese (October 2019).
SOUTH OF LAZIO (July 2017) – Gaeta, Sperlonga, Terracina & the islands of Ponza & Ventotene.
Events – San Pellegrino in Fiori 2015 Viterbo, Infiorata Genzano di Roma 2017.
Photo Galleries of Lazio
EUR & Agro Pontino
Gaeta & the Pontine Islands