In addition to the Eternal City of Rome, Lazio encompasses a continuous wealth of enchanted places. The first to discover them was Emperor Hadrian, who between 118 and 138 AD built his magnificent villa in the countryside of Tivoli.
Many centuries later, in the 16th century, it was Cardinal Ippolito d’Este who was drawn to the beauty of the nature overlooking the course of the Aniene River, which has been Tivoli’s treasure since ancient times.
Still in Lazio, this time between Umbria, Marche, and Abruzzo, lived the ancient Sabine people in these valleys, now celebrated in Rieti, a charming medieval village, through a sequence of museums and monuments.
On the same mountains, one can experience thrilling sports adventures or seek tranquility in enchanting religious retreats where it is still possible to discover the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.
Towards Poggio Bustone, another sacred place for the followers of the “Fraticello,” one crosses the fantastic Natural Reserve of the Reatini Lakes, a paradise for bird-watching enthusiasts.
In this journey through Lazio, the final stop is at the foothills of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, in the basin of Amatrice: this is the historical homeland of spaghetti all’amatriciana, a great classic of the generous Lazio cuisine.