I love to travel Portugal – West of Rome
If you're in the mood for touring Europe, you really should consider the Latium region west-central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Lazio, also known as Laszlo, is the region that includes the italic capital Rome, the Eternal City. Given the number of items describing the multiple pleasures of Rome, we will write about the lesser known Lazio. This article focuses on the west of Rome Lazio. Another article describes Lazio of Rome.
So we begin our visit to Cerveteri about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Rome. Well, head along the North Sea-West last port of Rome, Civitvecchia, and stop at Tarquinia. Inner journey as well (northeast) in Tuscania, Viterbo, Bagnaia, then south-east of the town of Caprarola. Then we go almost directly north to finish our visit Bomarzo, near the border of Umbria. (Maybe a little shorter to go to Bagnaia Bomarzo Caprarola then, but as you see, we have our reasons for following the first route.) Before this tour we will introduce an important point, the Etruscans.
The Etruscans were a people that dominated much of Italy, Lazio, including one unknown prehistoric period to the Roman Empire. Do not know much more about their origins, language, culture or lifestyle. Much of our knowledge of this once powerful people can be seen on our trips in Lazio. Sketches An important book on the Etruscans, Etruscan places and other Italian essays (1932), was written by British author DH Lawrence, best known for another work, Lady Chatterley's lover.
Cerveteri, the population about thirty thousand, once the Etruscan city of Caere. Cerveteri and UNESCO declared World Heritage Site because of its Etruscan tombs. This is the largest necropolis old in the Mediterranean region. These tombs, and more than a thousand of them dating from the ninth century BC in the third century C. Other local attractions are also worth visiting the Rocca castle, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the XVI century Palazzo Ruspoli, should not be mistaken for a palace of the same name in Florence. The nearby village Ceri is based on a fortified plateau. Its main attraction is the Romanesque church of Our Lady of Ceri, originally built on a site dedicated to the worship of the goddess Vesta. In 1980, when renovations the XII century frescoes that depict Biblical scenes were found.
Tarquinia, with a population of about sixteen thousand years is a place about six miles Etruscan tombs, some of which are decorated with murals. The National Museum located in the XV century palace is known Vitelleschi century archaeological content. Tarquinia is home to a cathedral, several, including two of the twelfth century (Saint Martin and Saint-Jean-Baptiste) Palazzo dei Priori, and several medieval towers.
Tuscania, the population of just under eight thousand, was founded almost three thousand years, but the region itself has been inhabited for about eight or ten thousand years. Unfortunately the walls of the Middle Ages Tuscania had been virtually destroyed in an earthquake in 1971, but were repaired and the interior is well designed. As their neighbors, Tuscania is the site of many Etruscan tombs, including the tomb of Queen, a series of tunnels containing thirty labryinths. If you're like me, prefer to see other sites. Tuscania not disappoint. For example, there are several churches of great architectural interest and abundance of palaces. And you can visit the National Archaeological Museum, but Most screens are linked grave.
Viterbo was the favorite residence of the popes. Its historic center is one of the best preserved cities in the central Italy. Be sure to see the Palazzo dei Papi (Palace of the Popes) and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built by the Lombards on the ruins of an Etruscan temple dedicated Hercules. This building also served as papal residence. Pope John XXI was killed here in 1277 when the roof collapsed while she was asleep. Plaza de San Lorenzo contains several other interesting buildings. The Middle Ages San Pellegrino is fairly well preserved and definitely worth visiting. Viterbo has a spa with a swimming pool huge hot-water limestone. Its volcanic mud highly recommended for those who like that sort of thing. I was told the Enoteca La Torre has a wine list. The restaurant Tre Re has been a mainstay of the old city Viterbo since 1622.
The neighboring village of Bagnaia was the fief of the bishops of Viterbo for centuries. He is best known for its beautiful water gardens XVI century, Villa Lante. There are two sets of buildings constructed by two bishops, one of which is known to live simply. Highlights include a Moorish fountain, a maze of boxwood, and two casinos.
Caprarola overlooked is the site of the XVI century, the Palazzo Farnese. The palace was built by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese II, nephew of Pope Paul III in the ten years of construction of the Villa Lante. Both sites were built by the same architect, but in a very different style. Here you will see the palace, although the park has nothing to mock. In fact, in many parts of the world, the Farnese Palace Park is worth a visit on their own. We suggest you consult the Villa Lante and the Palazzo Farnese and compare. One thing is certain, in the sixteenth century Italian upper class who knew how to live.
Probably havent seen anything like Bomarzo. The most attractive towns is other sixteenth-century garden, alternately called Bosco Sacro (Sacred Grove) and Bosco di Mostri (Monsters Grove). It was built by a patron of the arts hunchback in honor of his late wife. Some say he died of a heart attack after seeing the park. For centuries, this park has been neglected, but has been restored. Dozens of statues Monster House pendant, dragon, ogre, and Bank Etruscan inscription "You who travel the world looking for great wonders and beautiful, come here, where there horrible faces, elephants, lions, bears and dragons seem scattered aimlessly. This is probably as good a place as any to end his tour in the West Lazio.
What about food? Lazio cuisine is one of abundance, perhaps in part because of the volcanic soil. The best cuts of meat were reserved for the rich and the poor have to do with the rest, including feet, heart, kidneys, tongue and gut. Do not forget the pasta, says that among the best in Italy. Fettuccine Alfredo comes from this region. To offer a menu type, among others. Carciofi alla Start Guides (fried artichokes). Then try Porchetta (roast pork). For dessert, enjoy Ciambella (sweet dough with raisins and candied chestnuts). Sure to increase your dining pleasure by including local wines with your meal.
So to end this article with a look at Lazio wine. More than four in every five bottles produced here are white. There are 25 DOC wines. DOC designation means of origin, which can be translated as Denomination of Origin, presumably a high quality wine, twenty white. However, only 6% of wine is classified Lazio as such. Frankly, the region is known for its wine. Once upon a time in the distant past Falerno, a red Lazio was the extent of ancient Rome. Who knows, maybe one This region will regain its former glory in regard to wine. Meanwhile, there are plenty to see and plenty to eat. And a lot of Italian wines available. Lazio, Umbria and northern North of Umbria is Tuscany. Torre's Cantina Ercolani Colacicchi Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from Lazio comes highly recommended, but I have yet to try it.
About the Author
Over the years Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, and yet he prefers fine Italian, German, or other wine, accompanied by the right foods and good company. He knows what dieting is, and is glad that for the time being he can eat and drink what he wants, in moderation. He loves teaching a variety of computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his new wine, diet, health, and nutrition website www.wineinyourdiet.com and his Italian food website www.fooditalyfood.com.
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