Visit Lazio-Rome for Art, Architecture, Culture and History
The Lazio-Roma region of Italy is best known for being the location of Rome and Vatican City. Roma, known as Rome in English, is both the most populated city and the capital of Italy. Roughly 2.7 million people are estimated to live in the municipality and a total of 3.7 million in the metropolitan area. Tourists from all over the world flock to the Lazio-Roma region each year to experience a history and culture unlike any other in the world. From ancient Roman ruins and architecture to the opulent Vatican, Rome and the Lazio-Roma region are absolutely filled with things to see and do, making a Rome self catering holiday a great option for any type of traveler.
Located along the Tiber River in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, the weather in Rome is generally welcoming throughout the year, with temperatures that average 12°C in January and 28°C in August. This exceptional weather, along with the rich history and culture, is among the many reasons an estimated 20 million people from around the world visit the region annually. The temperature generally does not drop low enough for Rome to experience snow; however, the city did see snow for the first time in 15 years in February 2010.
There are so many sites of historical and cultural importance, breathtaking examples of architecture, world-famous art pieces and religious sites that visitors considering holiday apartments Rome has to offer will want to consider staying at least a week in order to experience as much of Rome as possible. In regards to its religious importance, Rome is visited by more Catholics each year than any other city in the world, most completing a pilgrimage to see the Vatican and Saint Peter’s Basilica, and pay their respects to the Pope, or to at least include these stops in their holiday to Rome. Of course, you certainly do not need to be Catholic to enjoy and appreciate the Vatican’s history, architecture and art collection, and visiting Vatican City is one more reason so many people opt for a Rome holiday rental.
Aside from sites of religious interest, Rome and the surrounding area are filled with some of the most well-known historical landmarks in the world. The Coliseum, built between 78 and 80 AD, is the largest amphitheatre built by the Roman Empire. Its purpose was to allow 60,000 spectators to watch Gladiator battles. Along with this world-famous historical icon, Rome is also filled with bridges, catacombs, obelisks, fountains and aqueducts dating back to between 98 and 135 AD, which are just a few examples of the architectural must-sees that visitors can easily experience from the comfort and luxury of their Rome self catering apartments.
Rome is considered second only to Florence as one of the most important cities during the Italian Renaissance and the collection of art available for viewing in Rome is nothing short of stunning. There is also the famous Teatro dell'Opera di Roma where visitors can take in an Opera or a performance of modern music. As for dining, those who choose holiday apartments Rome has on offer will be in close proximity to exceptional cuisine that has been influenced over the ages by dishes and spices brought back to the area from the farthest reaches of the ancient Roman Empire.
When visiting Rome, visitors should also consider venturing out to other villages in the Lazio region. Among the sites you will not want to miss are its National Park, Capo Circeo Lighthouse and one of the oldest Neanderthal sites in Italy. Monte Compatri, 20 kilometers southwest of Rome, is home to one of the 16 Castelli Romani in Italy (castles of Rome), which were designed for noblemen and Popes and are truly stunning examples of Roman architecture.
Rome holiday rental options include luxury villas and well-appointed houses equipped for families. Of course, for those who prefer centrally located holiday apartments, Rome has many options available. Opting for a Rome self catering holiday allows visitors to live like a local during their stay and to cook at home when desired.