Thursday, June 7, 2012
by Dan Simon
The Lazio Region of Italy is located in the central area of the Italian peninsula and is the divide between the north and the south. The west coast of this region overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. Since the country of Italy is commonly known as the shape of a boot… to get an idea of its geographic location just look down at your leg and it would be located just above and below your knee. The name Lazio (pronounced ‘lattsjo) comes from the Latin, LATIUM. Lazio is divided into five Provinces – Frosinone (FR), Latina (LT), Rieti (RT), Roma (RM), and Viterbo (VT).
The Lazio region is rich in culture and history perhaps most famously for being the center of the Roman Empire as well it is the world center of the Catholic religion home to the Vatican. The foundation of ancient Rome begins in the 8th century BC. Outside of Rome this region is mostly plains and hills with a mountain region located in the Province of Rieti.
More than have the population of the entire region live in or around the city of Rome. Lazio is the third most populated and the second richest region of Italy. Rome has pioneered many engineering feats that have been the foundation of the technologies we benefit from today. The area has inspired countless motion pictures like Gladiator.
There is no argument that can be made how much this region has influenced and inspired the world for centuries and that influence has even stretched to Urbanfloor and our Villa Caprisi Collection and hence the name ‘Lazio’ as the name of one of the 8-colors in this collection. To view photos and get more details simply visit HERE.