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The Hidden Gems of Italy's Lazio Region

THE ETRUSCAN TOMB OF SUTRI Here’s an archaeological site few visitors have heard of: the Etruscan necropoli of Sutri! One of the key towns of the ancient civilization of Etruria, Sutri today has 64 Etruscan tombs dating all the way back to the 6th to 4th centuries B.C. (that’s 600 years before the current Pantheon was built in Rome!). The Roman amphitheater here is also worth seeing. Sutri is located just 45 minutes by car from Rome.

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CAPRAROLA AND VILLA FARNESE http://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/rome/day-trips-in-lazio

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GROTTA DEL TURCO IN GAETA The seaside town of Gaeta includes a 6th-century castle, mausoleum from the 1st century B.C., and important medieval churches. But the Grotta del Turco, or “Turk’s Grotto,” is one of the town’s most stunning attractions. The natural grotto, which is illuminated with colorful light at different times of day, is accessible from the sanctuary of S.S. Trinita.

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VILLA D'ESTE AT TIVOLI Commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, the grandson of Pope Alexander VI, in the 16th century, the Villa d’Este remains one of Italy’s most splendid villas. Wandering through its rooms, formal gardens, and gorgeous fountains is an easy way to spend an afternoon, or whole day!

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OSTIA ANTICA Particularly if you’re not going to make it to Pompeii, Ostia Antica—just a half hour outside Rome on the train—is an excellent alternative. Rome’s ancient port city, Ostia Antica remains an intact town even today, complete with forum, bars, restaurants, even brothel!

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SPERLONGA Whitewashed Sperlonga is one of the loveliest coastal towns in Lazio, and its beach is one of the only blue-flagged beaches in the region. (Here’s more on the best beaches near Rome, including Sperlonga). But it also happens to be home to the 1st-century villa of Emperor Tiberius. Still today, you can visit the evocative grotto and see the stunning sculptures that survived, which are likely by the same sculptors who created the Vatican’s famous Laocoön.

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BRACCIANO AND THE ODESCALCHI CASTLE Located just an hour from Rome by train, the town and lake of Bracciano make the perfect escape. The medieval town is quaint and lovely; the 15th-century Odescalchi castle has been the residence of two different papal families (the Borgias and Orsini), and played host to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (ill-fated?) wedding!

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CIVITA DI BAGNOREGGIO This gem of a town is one of the most striking sights in Italy! Civita di Bagnoregio suffered an earthquake in the 17th century that was so devastating, much of the town collapsed, leaving only the small section you see here. (Even the home of Saint Bonaventure, who was born here, fell off the edge of the cliff). The town’s isolation means it has only a handful of residents today, but it’s well worth seeing for its beauty.

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The Hidden Gems of Italy's Lazio Region

CASTEL GANDOLFO AND THE LAKE ALBANO Easily reachable by train from Rome, Albano Lake makes an ideal escape in the warmer months. But year-round, it’s also worth visiting to see Castel Gandolfo, the tiny, charming town overlooking the lake that belongs to the Pope himself, and where he vacations in the summer.

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