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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Frosinone
    • Acquafondata
      Acuto
      Alatri
      Alvito
      Amaseno
      Anagni
      Aquino
      Arce
      Arnara
      Arpino
      Atina
      Ausonia
      Belmonte Castello
      Boville Ernica
      Broccostella
      Campoli Appennino
      Casalattico
      Casalvieri
      Cassino
      Castelliri
      Castelnuovo Parano
      Castro dei Volsci
      Castrocielo
      Ceccano
      Ceprano
      Cervaro
      Colfelice
      Colle San Magno
      Collepardo
      Coreno Ausonio
      Esperia
      Falvaterra
      Ferentino
      Filettino
      Fiuggi
      Fontana Liri
      Fontechiari
      Frosinone
      Fumone
      Gallinaro
      Giuliano di Roma
      Guarcino
      Isola del Liri
      Monte San Giovanni Campano
      Morolo
      Paliano
      Pastena
      Patrica
      Pescosolido
      Picinisco
      Pico
      Piedimonte San Germano
      Piglio
      Pignataro Interamna
      Pofi
      Pontecorvo
      Posta Fibreno
      Ripi
      Rocca d'Arce
      Roccasecca
      San Biagio Saracinisco
      San Donato Val di Comino
      San Giorgio a Liri
      San Giovanni Incarico
      San Vittore del Lazio
      Sant'Ambrogio sul Garigliano
      Sant'Andrea del Garigliano
      Sant'Apollinare
      Sant'Elia Fiumerapido
      Santopadre
      Serrone
      Settefrati
      Sgurgola
      Sora
      Strangolagalli
      Supino
      Terelle
      Torre Cajetani
      Torrice
      Trevi nel Lazio
      Trivigliano
      Vallecorsa
      Vallemaio
      Vallerotonda
      Veroli
      Vicalvi
      Vico nel Lazio
      Villa Latina
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Santo Stefano
      Viticuso

  • Latina
    • Aprilia
      Bassiano
      Campodimele
      Castelforte
      Cisterna di Latina
      Cori
      Fondi
      Formia
      Gaeta
      Itri
      Latina
      Lenola
      Maenza
      Minturno
      Monte San Biagio
      Norma
      Pontinia
      Ponza
      Priverno
      Prossedi
      Rocca Massima
      Roccagorga
      Roccasecca dei Volsci
      Sabaudia
      San Felice Circeo
      Santi Cosma e Damiano
      Sermoneta
      Sezze
      Sonnino
      Sperlonga
      Spigno Saturnia
      Terracina
      Ventotene

  • Rieti
    • Accumoli
      Amatrice
      Antrodoco
      Ascrea
      Belmonte in Sabina
      Borbona
      Borgo Velino
      Borgorose
      Cantalice
      Cantalupo in Sabina
      Casaprota
      Casperia
      Castel di Tora
      Castel Sant'Angelo
      Castelnuovo di Farfa
      Cittaducale
      Cittareale
      Collalto Sabino
      Colle di Tora
      Collegiove
      Collevecchio
      Colli sul Velino
      Concerviano
      Configni
      Contigliano
      Cottanello
      Fara in Sabina
      Fiamignano
      Forano
      Frasso Sabino
      Greccio
      Labro
      Leonessa
      Longone Sabino
      Magliano Sabina
      Marcetelli
      Micigliano
      Mompeo
      Montasola
      Monte San Giovanni in Sabina
      Montebuono
      Monteleone Sabino
      Montenero Sabino
      Montopoli di Sabina
      Morro Reatino
      Nespolo
      Orvinio
      Paganico Sabino
      Pescorocchiano
      Petrella Salto
      Poggio Bustone
      Poggio Catino
      Poggio Mirteto
      Poggio Moiano
      Poggio Nativo
      Poggio San Lorenzo
      Posta
      Pozzaglia Sabina
      Rieti
      Rivodutri
      Rocca Sinibalda
      Roccantica
      Salisano
      Scandriglia
      Selci
      Stimigliano
      Tarano
      Toffia
      Torri in Sabina
      Torricella in Sabina
      Turania
      Vacone
      Varco Sabino

  • Roma
    • Affile
      Agosta
      Albano Laziale
      Allumiere
      Anguillara Sabazia
      Anticoli Corrado
      Anzio
      Arcinazzo Romano
      Ardea
      Ariccia
      Arsoli
      Artena
      Bellegra
      Bracciano
      Camerata Nuova
      Campagnano di Roma
      Canale Monterano
      Canterano
      Capena
      Capranica Prenestina
      Carpineto Romano
      Casape
      Castel Gandolfo
      Castel Madama
      Castel San Pietro Romano
      Castelnuovo di Porto
      Cave
      Cerreto Laziale
      Cervara di Roma
      Cerveteri
      Ciampino
      Ciciliano
      Cineto Romano
      Civitavecchia
      Civitella San Paolo
      Colleferro
      Colonna
      Fiano Romano
      Filacciano
      Fiumicino
      Fonte Nuova
      Formello
      Frascati
      Gallicano nel Lazio
      Gavignano
      Genazzano
      Genzano di Roma
      Gerano
      Gorga
      Grottaferrata
      Guidonia Montecelio
      Jenne
      Labico
      Ladispoli
      Lanuvio
      Lariano
      Licenza
      Magliano Romano
      Mandela
      Manziana
      Marano Equo
      Marcellina
      Marino
      Mazzano Romano
      Mentana
      Monte Compatri
      Monte Porzio Catone
      Monteflavio
      Montelanico
      Montelibretti
      Monterotondo
      Montorio Romano
      Moricone
      Morlupo
      Nazzano
      Nemi
      Nerola
      Nettuno
      Olevano Romano
      Palestrina
      Palombara Sabina
      Percile
      Pisoniano
      Poli
      Pomezia
      Ponzano Romano
      Riano
      Rignano Flaminio
      Riofreddo
      Rocca Canterano
      Rocca di Cave
      Rocca di Papa
      Rocca Priora
      Rocca Santo Stefano
      Roccagiovine
      Roiate
      Roma
      Roviano
      Sacrofano
      Sambuci
      San Cesareo
      San Gregorio da Sassola
      San Polo dei Cavalieri
      San Vito Romano
      Santa Marinella
      Sant'Angelo Romano
      Sant'Oreste
      Saracinesco
      Segni
      Subiaco
      Tivoli
      Tolfa
      Torrita Tiberina
      Trevignano Romano
      Vallepietra
      Vallinfreda
      Valmontone
      Velletri
      Vicovaro
      Vivaro Romano
      Zagarolo

  • Viterbo
    • Acquapendente
      Arlena di Castro
      Bagnoregio
      Barbarano Romano
      Bassano in Teverina
      Bassano Romano
      Blera
      Bolsena
      Bomarzo
      Calcata
      Canepina
      Canino
      Capodimonte
      Capranica
      Caprarola
      Carbognano
      Castel Sant'Elia
      Castiglione in Teverina
      Celleno
      Cellere
      Civita Castellana
      Civitella d'Agliano
      Corchiano
      Fabrica di Roma
      Faleria
      Farnese
      Gallese
      Gradoli
      Graffignano
      Grotte di Castro
      Ischia di Castro
      Latera
      Lubriano
      Marta
      Montalto di Castro
      Monte Romano
      Montefiascone
      Monterosi
      Nepi
      Onano
      Oriolo Romano
      Orte
      Piansano
      Proceno
      Ronciglione
      San Lorenzo Nuovo
      Soriano nel Cimino
      Sutri
      Tarquinia
      Tessennano
      Tuscania
      Valentano
      Vallerano
      Vasanello
      Vejano
      Vetralla
      Vignanello
      Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia
      Viterbo
      Vitorchiano

Lazio Flag
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Lazio Airports
Lazio National Parks
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Circeo National Park
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
The Pontine Islands
Pontine Islands - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
The Pontine Islands are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Campania, although they are a part of Lazio. The Pontine archipelago consists of six islands: Palmarola, Ponza, Gavi, Zanone, Ventotene and Santo Stefano, which are spread over a distance of 22 nautical miles. Ponza and Ventotene are the only two that are inhabited. Palmarola is a favourite boating destination and has a landing stage and a restaurant open in the summer months. Zanone is a nature reserve but can be visited by boat and Gavi is privately owned and mainly inhabited by rabbits! Ponza and Gavi, the small island to the north, owe their distinctive shape to being formed from the remains of an extinct volcano.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone

Ponza
Ponza is the largest of the Pontine islands with a total area of 7.3 square kilometres. It is approximately 8.9 km long by 2.4 km wide at its widest point.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone
Ponza harbour - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Originally colonised in prehistoric times, it was developed by the Etruscans and then the Romans but abandoned during the middle ages due to constant pirate attack. The island now has a flourishing tourist industry. Ferries from the mainland arrive into the pretty little harbour on the island's east side, packed with Italians who flock there on day trips during the summer months.

But Ponza is more than just a holiday island. It boasts a rich and colourful history, full of myths and legends, even if the truth of some of the stories is dubious. The first concerns the island's name. It is said to be named after Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, responsible for sentencing Jesus to death. His family owned land on Ponza and there is a cave named after him.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone

The second story concerns Homer's Odyssey. Ponza is said to be the inspiration for the island of Aeaea, the winter home of Circe the Sorceress. Having turned Odysseus's men into swine, she seduced him and spent a year living with him in a cave near 'Chaia di Luna' beach.

A story probably more based in fact, was that Nero Caesar, Caligula's brother, was banished to Ponza and put to death there in 30 AD for conspiring to overthrow him. Two of his sisters, also involved in the plot, were exiled to Ponza and Ventotene for more than 10 years.

The island, together with Ventotene, served as a penal colony during Mussolini's regime. Ironically, Mussolini himself was held there for a short while just before his death in 1943.

Ponza is also the location for the tragic story of Lucia Rosa. About to be forced to marry someone against her will, she threw herself into the Tyrrhenian Sea, becoming a martyr for women's rights and a symbol for human rights around the world.

Palmarola
Palmarola is the second largest of the Pontine Islands, located 10 km west of the island of Ponza.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone
Anchorage in Palmarola

It has a rocky coastline with many natural bays that provide safe anchorages, making it extremely popular for visiting yachts and motor boats. There are landing stages and restaurants that cater for visitors during the summer.

Ventotene
Ventotene, which was called Pandataria in Roman times, is the third largest of the Pontine Islands and, along with Ponza, one of only two that are inhabited. It is 3 km long and only 800 metres wide.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone

Ventotene's main claim to fame is for playing host to a series of banished Romans. In 2 BC, the emperor Augustus banished his daughter, Julia the Elder, to Ventotene because of her 'excessive' adultery.

The Pontine Islands, Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, Gavi, Zanone
Roman harbour, Ventotene - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Later, the emperor Tiberius sent Caligula's mother, Agrippa the Elder to follow in her footsteps and she died on the island in 29 AD. Her daughter, Julia Livilla was exiled there twice, finally dying there herself. The ruins of her mansion can be seen on the 'Eolo' headland, next to the New Harbour.

Finally, the emperor Nero banished his wife, Claudia Octavia, to Ventotene where she was executed soon after 62 AD.

The tiny island of Santo Stefano, located 2 km from Ventotene's east coast, was developed as a prison island by the Bourbons and later used by Mussolini who incarcerated 700 political opponents there during the second world war.

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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

Find a hotel in Lazio
Provinces
Comunes
  • Frosinone
    • Acquafondata
      Acuto
      Alatri
      Alvito
      Amaseno
      Anagni
      Aquino
      Arce
      Arnara
      Arpino
      Atina
      Ausonia
      Belmonte Castello
      Boville Ernica
      Broccostella
      Campoli Appennino
      Casalattico
      Casalvieri
      Cassino
      Castelliri
      Castelnuovo Parano
      Castro dei Volsci
      Castrocielo
      Ceccano
      Ceprano
      Cervaro
      Colfelice
      Colle San Magno
      Collepardo
      Coreno Ausonio
      Esperia
      Falvaterra
      Ferentino
      Filettino
      Fiuggi
      Fontana Liri
      Fontechiari
      Frosinone
      Fumone
      Gallinaro
      Giuliano di Roma
      Guarcino
      Isola del Liri
      Monte San Giovanni Campano
      Morolo
      Paliano
      Pastena
      Patrica
      Pescosolido
      Picinisco
      Pico
      Piedimonte San Germano
      Piglio
      Pignataro Interamna
      Pofi
      Pontecorvo
      Posta Fibreno
      Ripi
      Rocca d'Arce
      Roccasecca
      San Biagio Saracinisco
      San Donato Val di Comino
      San Giorgio a Liri
      San Giovanni Incarico
      San Vittore del Lazio
      Sant'Ambrogio sul Garigliano
      Sant'Andrea del Garigliano
      Sant'Apollinare
      Sant'Elia Fiumerapido
      Santopadre
      Serrone
      Settefrati
      Sgurgola
      Sora
      Strangolagalli
      Supino
      Terelle
      Torre Cajetani
      Torrice
      Trevi nel Lazio
      Trivigliano
      Vallecorsa
      Vallemaio
      Vallerotonda
      Veroli
      Vicalvi
      Vico nel Lazio
      Villa Latina
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Santo Stefano
      Viticuso

  • Latina
    • Aprilia
      Bassiano
      Campodimele
      Castelforte
      Cisterna di Latina
      Cori
      Fondi
      Formia
      Gaeta
      Itri
      Latina
      Lenola
      Maenza
      Minturno
      Monte San Biagio
      Norma
      Pontinia
      Ponza
      Priverno
      Prossedi
      Rocca Massima
      Roccagorga
      Roccasecca dei Volsci
      Sabaudia
      San Felice Circeo
      Santi Cosma e Damiano
      Sermoneta
      Sezze
      Sonnino
      Sperlonga
      Spigno Saturnia
      Terracina
      Ventotene

  • Rieti
    • Accumoli
      Amatrice
      Antrodoco
      Ascrea
      Belmonte in Sabina
      Borbona
      Borgo Velino
      Borgorose
      Cantalice
      Cantalupo in Sabina
      Casaprota
      Casperia
      Castel di Tora
      Castel Sant'Angelo
      Castelnuovo di Farfa
      Cittaducale
      Cittareale
      Collalto Sabino
      Colle di Tora
      Collegiove
      Collevecchio
      Colli sul Velino
      Concerviano
      Configni
      Contigliano
      Cottanello
      Fara in Sabina
      Fiamignano
      Forano
      Frasso Sabino
      Greccio
      Labro
      Leonessa
      Longone Sabino
      Magliano Sabina
      Marcetelli
      Micigliano
      Mompeo
      Montasola
      Monte San Giovanni in Sabina
      Montebuono
      Monteleone Sabino
      Montenero Sabino
      Montopoli di Sabina
      Morro Reatino
      Nespolo
      Orvinio
      Paganico Sabino
      Pescorocchiano
      Petrella Salto
      Poggio Bustone
      Poggio Catino
      Poggio Mirteto
      Poggio Moiano
      Poggio Nativo
      Poggio San Lorenzo
      Posta
      Pozzaglia Sabina
      Rieti
      Rivodutri
      Rocca Sinibalda
      Roccantica
      Salisano
      Scandriglia
      Selci
      Stimigliano
      Tarano
      Toffia
      Torri in Sabina
      Torricella in Sabina
      Turania
      Vacone
      Varco Sabino

  • Roma
    • Affile
      Agosta
      Albano Laziale
      Allumiere
      Anguillara Sabazia
      Anticoli Corrado
      Anzio
      Arcinazzo Romano
      Ardea
      Ariccia
      Arsoli
      Artena
      Bellegra
      Bracciano
      Camerata Nuova
      Campagnano di Roma
      Canale Monterano
      Canterano
      Capena
      Capranica Prenestina
      Carpineto Romano
      Casape
      Castel Gandolfo
      Castel Madama
      Castel San Pietro Romano
      Castelnuovo di Porto
      Cave
      Cerreto Laziale
      Cervara di Roma
      Cerveteri
      Ciampino
      Ciciliano
      Cineto Romano
      Civitavecchia
      Civitella San Paolo
      Colleferro
      Colonna
      Fiano Romano
      Filacciano
      Fiumicino
      Fonte Nuova
      Formello
      Frascati
      Gallicano nel Lazio
      Gavignano
      Genazzano
      Genzano di Roma
      Gerano
      Gorga
      Grottaferrata
      Guidonia Montecelio
      Jenne
      Labico
      Ladispoli
      Lanuvio
      Lariano
      Licenza
      Magliano Romano
      Mandela
      Manziana
      Marano Equo
      Marcellina
      Marino
      Mazzano Romano
      Mentana
      Monte Compatri
      Monte Porzio Catone
      Monteflavio
      Montelanico
      Montelibretti
      Monterotondo
      Montorio Romano
      Moricone
      Morlupo
      Nazzano
      Nemi
      Nerola
      Nettuno
      Olevano Romano
      Palestrina
      Palombara Sabina
      Percile
      Pisoniano
      Poli
      Pomezia
      Ponzano Romano
      Riano
      Rignano Flaminio
      Riofreddo
      Rocca Canterano
      Rocca di Cave
      Rocca di Papa
      Rocca Priora
      Rocca Santo Stefano
      Roccagiovine
      Roiate
      Roma
      Roviano
      Sacrofano
      Sambuci
      San Cesareo
      San Gregorio da Sassola
      San Polo dei Cavalieri
      San Vito Romano
      Santa Marinella
      Sant'Angelo Romano
      Sant'Oreste
      Saracinesco
      Segni
      Subiaco
      Tivoli
      Tolfa
      Torrita Tiberina
      Trevignano Romano
      Vallepietra
      Vallinfreda
      Valmontone
      Velletri
      Vicovaro
      Vivaro Romano
      Zagarolo

  • Viterbo
    • Acquapendente
      Arlena di Castro
      Bagnoregio
      Barbarano Romano
      Bassano in Teverina
      Bassano Romano
      Blera
      Bolsena
      Bomarzo
      Calcata
      Canepina
      Canino
      Capodimonte
      Capranica
      Caprarola
      Carbognano
      Castel Sant'Elia
      Castiglione in Teverina
      Celleno
      Cellere
      Civita Castellana
      Civitella d'Agliano
      Corchiano
      Fabrica di Roma
      Faleria
      Farnese
      Gallese
      Gradoli
      Graffignano
      Grotte di Castro
      Ischia di Castro
      Latera
      Lubriano
      Marta
      Montalto di Castro
      Monte Romano
      Montefiascone
      Monterosi
      Nepi
      Onano
      Oriolo Romano
      Orte
      Piansano
      Proceno
      Ronciglione
      San Lorenzo Nuovo
      Soriano nel Cimino
      Sutri
      Tarquinia
      Tessennano
      Tuscania
      Valentano
      Vallerano
      Vasanello
      Vejano
      Vetralla
      Vignanello
      Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia
      Viterbo
      Vitorchiano

Lazio Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
Lazio Airports
Lazio National Parks
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Circeo National Park
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
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