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I Love Visiting Unknown Italy - Latium West Of Rome

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I Love Visiting Unknown Italy - Latium West Of Rome

Author : Levi Reiss   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-08 09:02:25    Word Count : 425    Popularity:   Not Rated

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If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Latium region of central western Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Latium, also known as Lazio, includes Italy's capital Rome, the Eternal City. This short article focuses on Latium west of Rome. A companion article describes Latium east of Rome.

The Etruscans dominated substantial sections of Italy including Latium from an unknown prehistoric period up until the Roman Empire. While we don't know much about them, much of what we do know about them can be seen on our tours of Latium.

Cerveteri, population about thirty thousand, was once the Etruscan city of Caere. Cerveteri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its Etruscan tombs. There are more than a thousand of them, dating from the Ninth Century B.C. to the Third Century B. C. Other local sights worth seeing include the Rocca castle, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Sixteenth Century Palazzo Ruspoli.

Tarquinia, whose population is about sixteen thousand, is the site of about six thousand Etruscan tombs, some of which are decorated by wall paintings. The National Museum housed in the Fifteenth Century Palazzo Vitelleschi is known for its archeological contents. Tarquinia is home to a cathedral and several churches and medieval towers.

Viterbo was once the favorite residence of those self-effacing popes. Its historic old center is among the best preserved towns of central Italy. Make sure to see the Papal Palace and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, which served as a Papal residence. Pope John XXI died here in 1277 when the ceiling collapsed while he was sleeping. The Plaza di San Lorenzo contains several other buildings of interest. The medieval district of San Pellegrino is really well preserved.

The nearby village of Bagnaia was the personal fiefdom of the bishops of Viterbo for centuries. It is best known for the magnificent Sixteenth Century water gardens, Villa Lante. There are two sets of buildings, built for two bishops, one who was known for living simply.

Latium's pasta is said to be among the best in Italy. Fettuccine Alfredo comes from this region. See our companion article I Love Touring Italy - Western Latium for a sample menu and additional information on Latium wines plus an in-depth examination of its tourist attractions. Cantina Colacicchi's Torre Ercolana is a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from Latium that comes highly recommended. I have yet to taste it. Be sure to check out the fine Latium wines.

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Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers trips to Italy and drinking fine Italian wine. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel website www.travelitalytravel.com and his global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com featuring weekly bargain wine reviews.

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