Lazio Maremma: what to see in a weekend

Visit the Maremma Laziale with a short-term rental car

Lazio Maremma: what to see in a weekend

There Lazio Maremma it's a area of the Lazio region which extends along the Tyrrhenian coast. It includes the provinces of Viterbo, Grosseto and Rieti, and includes some locations of particular tourist interest, such as Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Santa Marinella, Civitavecchia and the Circeo National Park. The Lazio Maremma is characterized by a long and sandy coast, with dunes and pine forests, and a hilly and mountainous hinterland. The area is also known for its spas and the production of high-quality wine and olive oil. A popular destination for nature, sea and history lovers, with numerous opportunities for hiking or cycling, it also offers the possibility of scuba diving, bird watching and other outdoor activities.

What to see in the Lazio Maremma?

The area also offers numerous tourist attractions, including:

  • Castle of Santa Severa: built over a thousand years ago, the Castle of Santa Severa is one of the most beautiful in the entire Maremma Laziale. The seaside resort in which it is located is much appreciated by tourists for its comfortable beach and proximity to Rome (it is just 50 km from the city). It was inhabited by numerous noble families, but for many years it remained abandoned, until the Lazio Region restored it, bringing it back to its ancient splendor. It's about a fortified structure of medieval origin, which was built in the 9th century as a defensive outpost against Saracen attacks. The castle of Santa Severa has been the subject of numerous restoration and renovation interventions over the centuries, which have modified its original appearance. Today the castle is divided into three parts: The Torrione, the Court and the Keep. The Torrione is the oldest part of the castle and hosts an exhibition on the history of the castle and daily life in the Middle Ages. The Court is an open area that hosts outdoor events and shows. The Keep, however, is the highest part of the castle and offers a panoramic view of the coast and the surrounding countryside. The Castle of Santa Severa is open to the public every day, except Mondays, and hosts numerous cultural and recreational activities such as guided tours, theatrical performances, concerts and educational workshops. Furthermore, it is also possible to celebrate your wedding inside the castle, which offers a suggestive and romantic location for the reception. Today, in fact, it is used not only for ceremonies, but also for other events and how set for numerous films and TV series.
  • Civitavecchia: municipality in the province of Rome, located on the Tyrrhenian coast, with an important commercial and tourist port, which is the main seaport in the region and one of the most important in Italy. Civitavecchia is also headquarters of the Italian Navy and the Port Authority. Civitavecchia it is a historic city, with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Among its points of tourist interest are the Fort Michelangelo, a fortress built in the 16th century to defend the port, the Sea Museum, which collects historical finds linked to navigation and the history of the port and the Rocca Castle, a medieval fortress located on a hill above the city. Civitavecchia is also famous for its sandy beaches and its spas, such as the Terme Taurine, located near the city center.
  • Circeo National Park: a national park located in the province of Latina, on the Tyrrhenian coast, with a protected sea area, a pine forest and a hilly area. The Circeo National Park is an important one site for the conservation of biodiversity and is home to a wide range of plant and animal species, including many rare and endangered species. The park is also a popular tourist destination, with numerous outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling, bird watching, scuba diving and sport fishing. The park is also home to numerous historical and cultural points of interest, such as the Castle of Giuliano della Rovere, a medieval fortress located on the top of a hill and the Sanctuary of San Cerbone, a medieval church dedicated to a local saint. The Circeo National Park it is easily reachable from the cities of Rome and Naples, and offers a series of tourist facilities, such as campsites, farmhouses and bed & breakfasts.
  • The Necropolis of Tarquinia and Cerveteri: the two necropolises of the Maremma Laziale are located less than 100 km from Rome. There necropolis of the Banditaccia of Cerveteri it dates back to the 11th century BC and was also enlarged later. There necropolis of Monterozzi di Tarquinia it developed more or less in the same period, even if the tombs present have slightly different structures. The Necropolis of Banditaccia rises above 400 hectares of land and the name derives from the fact that, at the end of the nineteenth century, this area was rented by landowners by tender. It is the largest ancient necropolis in the entire Mediterranean area. In the Cerveteri necropolis there are thousands of tombs, for a structure that looks like that of a real city. Their shape, decorations and characteristics deeply depend on the family to which they belong. The most famous tomb is that of the 4th century Reliefs, with 13 double funerary niches full of paintings, which tell us how Etruscan families lived. The most recent burials are those from the 3rd century BC The necropolis of Tarquinia, however, is famous for the painted tombs carved into the rock. The first ones date back to the 7th century, but the frescoes are from a century later: the most famous here is certainly that of the Lionesses. In addition to the paintings found, which represent the best finds of Etruscan art that have been preserved to this day, we also find stone sculptures present on the sarcophagi or in other objects present. Some fragments are also preserved, together with precious finds, at the National Museum of Tarquinia. Both necropolises are UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.

Finally, the Maremma Laziale is also famous for its cuisine, which combines elements of the Tuscan and Lazio traditions, and for its wines, such as Morellino di Scansano and Vermentino di Bolgheri.

Typical dishes of the Lazio Maremma

Here are some of the typical dishes of the Lazio Maremma:

  • Caciucco: a fish soup made with mixed fish, onions, tomatoes, white wine and spices
  • Beans all'uccelletto: borlotti beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic and bacon
  • Tomato soup: a soup of stale bread, tomatoes, basil and olive oil
  • Stewed wild boar: wild boar meat slowly cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, red wine and spices
  • Liver crostini: toasted bread crostini with a filling of chicken or turkey livers, garlic and parsley
  • Fish soup: a fish soup made with mixed fish, potatoes, tomatoes, white wine and spices

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