Lazio (Latium)

Although the saying "all roads lead to Rome" is among the worlds most recognized sayings the truth in modern times is probably more like all food and wine, fashion, music and art are led by Rome. Of course there are the classic attractions including the Colosseo or Colosium, Terme di Caracalla or the baths of Caracalla, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza di Popolo, Castel Sant'Angelo, Villa Borghese, Palentine hill, Foro Romano (Roman Forum), as well as the soverign state of Vaticana, (the Vatican), just to name a few of the literally thousands of attractions all well worth exploration.

Although Rome "the eternal city" is the center of any discussion concerning the region, the areas outside its capital also hold an abundance of treasures. Lazio is rich in all areas of history as well as the arts, science, polotics, food, wine and just about any other subject up for discussion. Of course Lazio is also a hotbed for gourmet food and fabulous wine. Lazio holds many of the worlds most delicious delicacies, from elaborate recipes to simple, rustic, authentic dishes; a few highlights include fried artichokes, stuffed zucchini blossom's, dishes with ingredients including fresh vegetables, herbs, hot peppers, lemons, Pecorino Romano cheese. While famous dishes include saltimbocca alla Romana, and Pasta Cacio e pepe which is simply extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Romano cheese, and fresh ground black pepper. Other highlights include incredible wines ranging from wines of the ages of traditional means with dates going back half a century or much more, to young modern upstarts with fancy names and fancy equipment. To be sure a perfect day would include a tour of the sights and sounds of Rome followed by an authentic dinner paired with a bottle of incredible wine overlooking a magnificent piazza. Ah Roma, the eternal city.

Specialty foods of the region:
Lamb, organ meats, cured meats, artichokes, asparagus, peas, beans, celery, potatoes, olives, zucchini, as well as strawberries. A few cheeses typical of the region include Pecorino Romano (a hard, aged, flavorful sheep milk cheese), and Caciocavallo (a hard, medium aged cheese shaped like a short squat bowling pin, which is traditionally tied off on the top end in pairs and transported draped over the back of a horse, thus the name cavallo or horse) and the best is saved for last; our favorite Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella), a soft ultra fresh cheese which is made from buffalo milk, and is an absolute must try and must buy.

Frosinone (FR), Latina (LT), Rieti (RI), Roma (RM)

Capital: Rome

DOCG wine zones: Cesanese del Piglia
DOC wine zones: Aleatico di Gradoli, Aprilia, Atina, Bianco Capena, Castelli Romani, Cerveteri, Cesanese di Affile, Cesanese di Olevano Romano, Circeo, Colli Albani, Colli della Sabina, Colli Etruschi Viterbesi, Colli Lanuvini, Cori, Est! Est! Est! di Montefiascone, Frascati, Genazzano, Marino, Montecompatri Colonna, Moscato di Terracina, Nettuno, Tarquinia, Velletri, Vignanella, Zagarolo
IGT wine zones: Civitella d'Agliano, Colli Cimini, Frusinate, Lazia

White (bianco): Malvasia, Trebbiano, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay. Red (rosso): Sangiovese, Cesanese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

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