10 Things to Do in Lazio That You Shouldn't Miss

September 4, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Lazio (UK: /ˈlætsioʊ/, US: /ˈlɑːtsioʊ/; Italian: [ˈlatsjo]; Latin: Latium) is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has almost 5.9 million inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy (after Lombardy and just a little ahead of Campania) – and its GDP of more than 170 billion euros per annum means that it has the nation's second largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also Italy's capital and the country's largest city.

1. St. Peter's Basilica

Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy +39 06 6988 3731
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St. Peter's Basilica

Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Reviewed By desinerg - Sydney, Australia

Join a tour to avoid ridiculous queues and hours of waiting and get to hear and appreciate the history. The basilica is extraordinary and in some ways grotesque in the grandeur.

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome, Italy (+39) 06 39967700
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Colosseum

Perhaps the best-preserved of the monuments of ancient Rome, this huge marble structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators to witness bloody contests of might and the slaughter of wild beasts.

Reviewed By HeidiElizabeth7 - Leeds, United Kingdom

We were lucky enough to be staying in a hotel that was a 5 mins walk from the Colosseum.. because of this we never bothered to prebook tickets or pay for skip-the-line. We walked down to the ticket office at 8am, had a little wonder around and took some photos and then joined the ticket office queue around 8.20. There were probably 50 people in front of us at this time and by 8.30 (the Colosseum opening time) a further 70-80 people now queuing behind us so I would recommend getting there for 8am to avoid the long wait.
The queue for security check moved pretty quickly and we were inside in no time!
This was our second visit, the first being on a guided tour so we had a leisurely walk around this time.
The Colosseum is wonderful, the hoards of tourists can be annoying but you have to expect this. The girls in the ticket office were very friendly and provided any information needed. The staff inside at security were a little more stern but given their job and the hundreds of often rude tourists pushing their way through id be stern too!
The book shop inside is small but reasonably priced. I paid 5e for a Colosseum guide book, 10e for a Forum book and 12.90e for a book on the archaeological sites of Rome. The staff inside were friendly and worked down the queue at the tills fast.
The Colosseum is magnificent. Go and enjoy. Pre book if you cant get there early but if you are able to then arrive for 8am and this should help you avoid the long wait for tickets.

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome, Italy +39 06 6830 0230
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Pantheon

Dedicated to the seven planetary divinities and featuring an interior of gorgeous marble, the Pantheon is one of the most impressive monuments of Augustan Rome.

Reviewed By Concierge3725 - Manila, Philippines

Pantheon falls under the category of must see in Rome. The architecture is superb and the the dome inside the temple must be one of the most photographed items. The arts displayed here are exquisite and elaborate and this attraction can be very crowded since the entrance fee is free. It is such a beautiful building structure to behold.

4. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy +39 06 6988 6800
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.

Reviewed By randomtravler2016 - Los Angeles, California

I titled this Jesus Crib because the relics of his baby Crib are in a wonderful receiver under the main altar. What can't be beat for this visit are the incredible frescos and gold ceiling.
This church is a few short blocks from the Termini station for the metro and easy to get to and is free. You will have your bag searched so allow 15 minutes to get through security.
This is a must-see.

5. Roman Forum

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome, Italy (+39) 06 39967700
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Roman Forum

Reviewed By Gildz74 - Chester

This was my favourite part of sightseeing! A very large, interesting place to wander round, it would be tranquil if it wasn't for the millions of other tourists! It lacks well signed toilet facilities & places to get a drink/food. If you plan to spend a whole day here, take snack/drinks! If you're disabled/ wheelchair user/ struggle with mobility, I think you would have a hard time here... very hilly & uneven ground!

6. Galleria Borghese

Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 Rome, Italy +39 06 32810
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Galleria Borghese

The Museum in the beautiful setting of Villa Borghese in Rome preserves sculptures, reliefs and ancient mosaics, and paintings and sculptures from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The collection, made up initially by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early seventeenth century, preserves masterpieces of Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova.

Reviewed By linda e - Biggar, United Kingdom

We were keen to see the art works and the mosaics here and were not disappointed. The mosaics were complete and left nothing to the imagination. Well worth the visit and a beautiful park to walk in on the way from the centre.

7. Palatine Hill

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome, Italy +39.06.39967700
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Palatine Hill

The commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome, which features the Arch of Septimus Severus, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals.

Reviewed By Ka H - Bellingham, Washington

All these interesting parts of buildings and places from ancient history in the midst of Rome. So very interesting...even in the rain. Great view.

8. Trevi Fountain

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy
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Trevi Fountain

Certainly the most famous and photographed Fountain in Rome, legend has it that whoever throws a coin into the pond will return to Rome.

Reviewed By eagertraveller123 - UK

If you visit Rome you must go see this Fountain and throw in a penny and make a wish. It’s a very special location. Always crowded with tourists, but photos are fine to take.

00153 Rome, Italy
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Trastevere

This busy and lively neighborhood has the look and feel of a traditional small Italian town, with people shopping, chatting, drinking espresso and going about their daily business.

Reviewed By Toddphd - Devon, Pennsylvania

Trastevere was recommended to us and it was a perfect choice. Vibrant area on other side of the river from Rome. Lots of restaurants shops and sites to see. Walking distance to all Rome attractions or easy access to transportation.

10. Piazza Navona

00186 Rome, Italy
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Piazza Navona

The most outstanding square of the Baroque period in Rome features Bernini's Fountain of Rivers at its center as it faces Borromini's church, Sant' Agnese in Agone.

Reviewed By Marilyn E - Braintree, United Kingdom

This is a lovey square with very interesting Fountains with statues. If you leave the square by the north, take the Via Coronari. It is a lovely street with interesting shops and a marvellous gelateria!

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