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Located on the western side of the Italian boot, this is a region of volcanic hills, lakes and fine beaches that are easily reached from Rome.

Hill Towns

Inland from Rome are the hill towns known as the Castelli Romani, which are popular for excursions. Tivoli, just 40km (25 miles) east of Rome, was once the haven of the rich, first in Roman times and later during the Renaissance. It is popular for its magnificent villas and gardens, such as Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. The pleasant town of Frascati, only 20km (12.5 miles) south of Rome, is famous for its Frascati wine, a light, delicate, dry white which has an international reputation. Castelgandolfo overlooks the spectacular Lake Albano, and is dominated by the Palazzo Pontificio, the Pope’s summer retreat.

The Coast

Ostia Lido, close to Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, is a well-organised but not particularly pretty beach resort. Terracina, further south, is noted for its soft, white-sand beaches. The old town, up on a hill above the sea, is home to a Cathedral and the Roman Temple of Jupiter Anxurus, believed to have been built in the first century BC.

To the south, the most exclusive seaside resort is Sperlonga. The town itself is reminiscent of a Greek island village, seemingly endless steps wind up and around through white arches, offering unexpected but spectacular views of the sea and cliffs. Down below lies a beautiful small beach, 30km (20 miles) offshore is the unspoilt island of Ponza. Still further south, the resorts of San Felice, Circeo and Sabaudia are known for clean seawater and wide, sandy beaches.

Northwest of Rome, Civitavecchia is an important naval and merchant port, with regular ferries to Sardinia.