Lazio is in central Italy, on the western coast. Formerly known by its Roman name, Latium. Lazio is now largely overlooked in favour of its capital, Rome, the principal tourist destination in Lazio. As well as Rome itself, other popular tourist destinations like Frascati and Tivoli.
With so much investment, jobs and tourism concentrated in Rome, the surrounding region is often quiet, depopulated and rather run-down. For tourists, the good side of this is the tracts of unspoiled countryside and the surviving historic town centres. Tourists are rare creatures in many of Lazio's smaller towns.