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3 reasons Lazio is the best wine region you should visit next


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Can you think of anything if I say Lazio? Maybe not. What if I say Rome then? Of course, you can.

Lazio is none other than the region that hosts Rome, one of the most visited cities in the world. Only a few tourists explore further than that though. You’ll be surprised to know how much this region can offer from a wine and food perspective, outside the city, at very affordable prices.

After reading this article, you will want to book a holiday there straight away.

A bit of Lazio’s history

This region has seen many rises and falls in its wine industry over time. The good news is that the massive effort made by the producers in the last three decades is bringing the region back to its old glories. 

The wine production is ancient and so are the local grapes that are still cultivated. Wine has a symbolic meaning, as Romans used to plant vines on every conquered land.

For centuries the Roman hinterland cultivated grapes for the entire region. Urbanisation has been positive for many reasons, but the production in the area has been deeply affected.

New roads connected Rome with the rest of Italy, and cheaper wines from other regions replaced the regional ones. Producers started to make their prices as competitive as possible. As a result, the quality dropped irremediably.

The trend has finally changed, and the region now has plenty of things to offer. Different stories and cultures designed the region’s identity and made each area so unique and different from the other. 

Lazio’s areas are not busy destinations

Compared to other wine regions, this is a less popular destination, even for Italians. That makes it easier to book accommodation, restaurants and experiences of all kinds. 

You can think of a few days in Rome and then get out of town to reach other destinations in half an hour by car or inexpensive train.

Here are the main areas.

• Just outside the city, the closest one is called Castelli Romani (aka Roman Castles), a group of small towns and villages immersed in a scenic location. Beauty, nature and proximity to the city have always been attractive to Romans.

• Heading up north of the region, you’ll be in Tuscia, one of Italy’s hidden gems. Here, Lazio meets Tuscany and Umbria. It results in a stunning place with a strong identity and fascinating history. Architecture, nature and tradition will win you over and make this place memorable.

• The south of the region is not the most touristic area, but this could give you a chance to live like a local and try genuine experiences. The landscape changes as we get closer to the mountains, where wine and extra virgin olive oil are two of the must-try products, like Cesanese, the only red wine DOCG of the region. It’s already enough to make the trip worth it. Check out Monti Prenestini and Sabina areas.

• The south of the region is mainly occupied by two areas called Frusinate and Agro Pontino. Abbeys, cathedrals, thermal baths and outdoor experiences characterise the first. The national park, lovely coastline and islands are typical of the second one.

The region has plenty of trekking trails, gastronomic experiences and characteristic villages. Choose where you want to get lost.

Lazio’s traditional dishes are scrummy and affordable

Restaurants in Rome can be expensive, but things change as soon as you leave the city.

Typical cuisine such as carbonara, amatriciana, cacio e pepe are just some of the ones you’ll try. The regional’s traditional dishes all have one thing in common. They only need a few ingredients. Therefore, their quality is essential!

Far from the city, you’ll find small producers. Some of them sell directly, and some others do through shops. Very often, restaurants specifically go for local and seasonal ingredients. 


A good thing in Italy is that every region has different gastronomic traditions but the region itself has different ones from one area to the other and sometimes from village to village, so there are endless chances to discover new things.

Traditionally restaurants are called fraschetta or osteria. Spot the best ones across the region and taste mouthwatering dishes at affordable prices.

Lazio’s wines are incredible

If, while driving in Italy, you’ve spotted a sign marked “Strada del Vino” (wine road), you probably know that they are advertised routes inviting you to explore the wine and food of the area. 

There are a few in each part of this region as well.

Here are some tips on unmissable wine areas and their products:

Castelli is known for its whites, Frascati being the most famous. Also try wines made with Malvasia Puntinata and Bombino Bianco. In terms of food, porchetta is a must. It’s pork loin seasoned with spices and herbs. Try it with a crunchy slice of Lariano or Genzano’s bread.

Tuscia is the home of Grechetto, a white you can’t miss. The emblematic blend here is Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone. Aleatico instead is a red specifically grown in this area, and it offers sweet and dry versions. Acquacotta is the name of a delicious traditional dish, born from poverty. I definitely recommended it!

• As mentioned earlier, Eastern Lazio is where Cesanese, the most important red, is cultivated. There are two types: Cesanese Comune and di Affile. You’ll be surprised to find unique, elegant expressions in small, family-owned wineries. Gnocchetti a coda de soreca (roughly translating to mouse tail pasta) is the bizarre name of the typical dish. Whether you try it in tomato sauce or with the traditional roman condiments, is up to you. 

• When in the south, the must-try wines are Nero Buono (red), Bellone (white) and Moscato di Terracina in its sweet, dry and sparkling versions. Something scrummy to eat? Guarcino ham and Pecorino di Picinisco are typical of the Frusinate area. When in Agro Pontino go for artichokes and buffalo mozzarella.

There’s more to try and learn about this region. Use this article as a starting point to feed your curiosity and yourself in this breathtaking place. Has this changed your plans for the summer?

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