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Lazio is located in central Italy and borders the Tyrrhenian Sea, and has been attracting visitors for centuries. During the days of the Grand Tour it was referred to by its Roman name, Latium, and its small scenic villages featured on the itineraries of upper-class European men from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Nowadays though, visitors flock to Rome – the region and country's capital, where Italy's history is at its best.
The majority of international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO), which is approximately 45 minutes from the centre of Rome. Direct flights to Fiumicino are available from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
Direct flights to Rome Ciampino airport (CIA), which is approximately 30 minutes from the centre of Rome, depart from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
Much more than just Rome, the fertile soil in the hills of this region create the perfect growing conditions for all types of vegetables, which when cooked with liberal amounts of olive oil and garlic provide a tasty addition to the varied pasta dishes on offer. Some well-known varieties include the fiery arrabbiata, made from a tomato sauce with plenty of chilli, and the infamous spaghetti carbonara.
Rome is the birthplace of porchetta and all throughout the city you will see the familiar sight of white vans selling tasty grilled pork that can be eaten alone, or more commonly used as a filling for the salt bread pizza bianca.
Those who enjoy a glass or two of wine won’t leave disappointed, with 25 DOC labelled varieties created in Lazio. Predominantly a white wine-producing region, particularly well-known labels include the dry Frascati and Castelli Romani.