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Lazio


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Outside of Rome, Lazio is a much quieter and a more serine region. Originally settled over 60,000 years ago the regionís history mostly consists of Romaís history, mixing actual events with Roman myth. First the Etruscans ruled then the Latins, both putting most of their focus on the development of Roma. As it grew and prospered so did the outlying areas, which now make up the region of Lazio. Many of the Emperors, Popes and noblemen of often built villas and palaces outside of Rome among many of Lazioís lakes, mountainsides and beaches.


Lying on what used to be a series of volcanoes the area is made up of volcanic lakes and mountains on the interior and beaches on the exterior. The volcanic remains helped create the fertile countryside that grows everything from simple crops to exotic gardens. Tivoli, Lazioís second most popular city is a great example of the beautiful villas and gardens outside of Roma. Montecassino in the south of Lazio was at one time the Center for Medieval Art with its famous abbey. Towns like Gaeta along the shoreline offer a great quiet getaway from the busy streets of Rome.

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