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(UK: /ˈlætsioʊ/, US: /ˈlɑːtsioʊ/; Italian: [ˈlatsjo]; Latin: Latium) is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has almost 5.9 million inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy
(after Lombardy and just a little ahead of Campania) [1] – and its GDP of more than 170 billion euros per annum means that it has the nation's second largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio
is Rome, which is also Italy's capital and the country's largest city.


1 Geography 2 History 3 Economy 4 Demographics 5 Government and politics 6 Administrative divisions 7 See also 8 References 9 External links


Relief map of Lazio.

Panorama of the Aniene

comprises a land area of 17,242 km2 (6,657 sq mi) and it has borders with Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche
to the north, Abruzzo
and Molise
to the east, Campania
to the south, and the Tyrrhenian Sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
to the west. The region is mainly flat and hilly, with small mountainous areas in the most eastern and southern districts. The coast of Lazio
is mainly composed of sandy beaches, punctuated by the headlands of Circeo
(541 m) and Gaeta
(171 m). The Pontine Islands, which are part of Lazio, lie opposite the southern coast. Behind the coastal strip, to the north, lies the Maremma
Laziale (the continuation of Tuscan Maremma), a coastal plain interrupted at Civitavecchia
by the Tolfa Mountains
Tolfa Mountains
(616 m). The central section of the region is occupied by the Roman Campagna, a vast alluvial plain surrounding the city of Rome, with an area of approximately 2,100 km2 (811 sq mi). The southern districts are characterized by the flatlands of Agro Pontino, a once swampy and malarial area, that was reclaimed over the centuries. The Preapennines of Latium, marked by the Tiber
valley and the Liri with the Sacco tributary, include on the right of the Tiber, three groups of mountains of volcanic origin: the Volsini, Cimini
and Sabatini, whose largest former craters are occupied by the Bolsena, Vico and Bracciano lakes. To the south of the Tiber, other mountain groups form part of the Preapennines: the Alban Hills, also of volcanic origin, and the calcareous Lepini, Ausoni and Aurunci Mountains. The Apennines of Latium
are a continuation of the Apennines of Abruzzo: the Reatini Mountains with Terminillo
(2,213 m), Mounts Sabini, Prenestini, Simbruini and Ernici which continue east of the Liri
into the Mainarde
Mountains. The highest peak is Mount Gorzano (2,458 m) on the border with Abruzzo. History[edit] For the history of ancient Lazio, see Latium. See also: History of Italy

The Appian Way
Appian Way
(Via Appia), a road connecting Ancient Rome
to the southern parts of Italy, remains usable even today.

The Italian word Lazio
descends from the Latin word Latium. The name of the region also survives in the tribal designation of the ancient population of Latins, Latini in the Latin language
Latin language
spoken by them and passed on to the city-state of Ancient Rome. Although the demography of ancient Rome
was multi-ethnic, including, for example, Etruscans and other Italics besides the Latini, the latter were the dominant constituent. In Roman mythology, the tribe of the Latini took their name from king Latinus. Apart from the mythical derivation of Lazio given by the ancients as the place where Saturn, ruler of the golden age in Latium, hid (latuisset)[4] from Jupiter there,[5] a major modern etymology is that Lazio
comes from the Latin word "latus", meaning "wide",[6] expressing the idea of "flat land" meaning the Roman Campagna. Much of Lazio
is in fact flat or rolling. The lands originally inhabited by the Latini were extended into the territories of the Samnites, the Marsi, the Hernici, the Aequi, the Aurunci
and the Volsci, all surrounding Italic tribes. This larger territory was still called Latium, but it was divided into Latium
adiectum or Latium Novum, the added lands or New Latium, and Latium
Vetus, or Old Latium, the older, smaller region. The northern border of Lazio
was the Tiber
river, which divided it from Etruria. The emperor Augustus
officially united almost all of present-day Italy into a single geo-political entity, Italia, dividing it into eleven regions. The part of today's Lazio
south of the Tiber
river – together with the present region of Campania
immediately to the southeast of Lazio
and the seat of Neapolis – became Region I ( Latium
et Campania), while modern Upper Lazio
became part of Regio VII - Etruria, and today's Province of Rieti
Province of Rieti
joined Regio IV - Samnium. After the Gothic conquest of Italy
at the end of the fifth century, modern Lazio
became part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, but after the Gothic War between 535 and 554 and the Byzantine conquest, this region regained its freedom, because the "Roman Duchy" became the property of the Eastern Emperor. However, the long wars against the Longobards weakened the region. With the Donation of Sutri in 728, the Bishop of Rome
acquired the first territory in the region beyond the Duchy of Rome. The strengthening of the religious and ecclesiastical aristocracy led to continuous power struggles between secular lords (Baroni) and the Pope
until the middle of the 16th century. Innocent III tried to strengthen his own territorial power, wishing to assert his authority in the provincial administrations of Tuscia, Campagna
and Marittima through the Church's representatives, in order to reduce the power of the Colonna family. Other popes tried to do the same. During the period when the papacy resided in Avignon, France
(1309–1377), the feudal lords' power increased due to the absence of the Pope
from Rome. Small communes, and Rome
above all, opposed the lords' increasing power, and with Cola di Rienzo, they tried to present themselves as antagonists of the ecclesiastical power. However, between 1353 and 1367, the papacy regained control of Lazio
and the rest of the Papal States. From the middle of the 16th century, the papacy politically unified Lazio
with the Papal States[citation needed], so that these territories became provincial administrations of St. Peter's estate; governors in Viterbo, in Marittima and Campagna, and in Frosinone administered them for the papacy. Lazio
comprised the short-lived Roman Republic, in which it became a puppet state of the First French Republic
First French Republic
under the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Republic existed from 15 February 1798 until Lazio
was returned to the Papal States
Papal States
in October 1799. In 1809, Lazio
was annexed to the French Empire under the name of Department of Tibre, but returned under the Pope
in 1815. On 20 September 1870 the capture of Rome, during the reign of Pope Pius IX, and France's defeat at Sedan, completed Italian unification, and Lazio
was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. In 1927 the territory of the Province of Rieti, belonging to Umbria and Abruzzo, joined Lazio. Towns in Lazio
were devastated by the 2016 Central Italy
earthquake which occurred on 24 August 2016.[7] Economy[edit] Agriculture, crafts, animal husbandry and fishery are the main traditional sources of income. Agriculture is characterized by the cultivation of wine grapes, fruit, vegetables and olives. Industrial development in Lazio
is limited to the areas south of Rome. Communications and - above all - the setting of the border of the Cassa del Mezzogiorno some kilometers south of Rome, have influenced the position of industry, favouring the areas with the best links to Rome
and those near the Autostrada del Sole (motorway), especially around Frosinone. Firms are often small to medium in size and operate in the building and building materials (Rome, Civitavecchia), paper (Sora), petrochemical (Gaeta, Rome), textile (Frosinone), engineering (Rieti, Anagni), automobile (Cassino), electronic and electrotechnical (Viterbo) sectors. Approximately 73% of the working population are employed in the services sector; this is a considerable proportion, but is justified by the presence of Rome, which is the core of public administration, banking, tourism, insurance and other sectors. Many national and multinational corporations, public and private, have their headquarters in Rome
(ENI, Enel, Leonardo, Alitalia, RAI). Lazio's limited industrial sector and highly developed service industries allowed the region to well outperform the Italian economy in 2009 in the heart of the global financial crisis. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1861 356,000 —    

1871 1,173,000 +229.5%

1881 1,257,000 +7.2%

1901 1,586,000 +26.2%

1911 1,771,000 +11.7%

1921 1,997,000 +12.8%

1931 2,349,000 +17.6%

1936 2,655,000 +13.0%

1951 3,341,000 +25.8%

1961 3,959,000 +18.5%

1971 4,689,000 +18.4%

1981 5,002,000 +6.7%

1991 5,140,000 +2.8%

2001 5,112,000 −0.5%

2011 5,732,000 +12.1%

2017 5,898,124 +2.9%

Source: ISTAT 2001, 2014

Largest foreign-born resident groups 2017[citation needed]

Country of birth Population

 Romania 229,702

 Philippines 45,823

 Bangladesh 35,048

 India 27,393

 Albania 24,531

 Ukraine 24,069

 China 23,755

 Poland 21,712

 Peru 16,322

 Egypt 15,141

 Moldova 14,985

 Morocco 13,582

 Sri Lanka 11,889

 Ecuador 9,771

 Nigeria 7,988

 Bulgaria 7,920

 Tunisia 5,857

 Brazil 5,783

 Macedonia 5,742

 Pakistan 5,463

 Spain 5,380

 France 5,369

With a population of about 5.887 million, Lazio
was at the end of 2014 the second most populated region of Italy.[1] The overall population density in the region is 341 inhabitants per km2. However, the population density widely ranges from almost 800 inhabitants per km2 in the highly urbanized Province of Rome
to less than 60 inhabitants per km2 in the mountainous and rural Province of Rieti. As of January 2010, the Italian national institute of statistics ISTAT estimated that 497,940 foreign-born immigrants live in Lazio, equal to 8.8% of the total regional population.[8] Government and politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Lazio Rome
is center-left politically oriented by tradition, while the rest of Lazio
is center-right oriented. In the 2008 general election, Lazio gave 44.2% of its vote to the centre-right coalition, while the centre-left block took 41.4% of vote. In the 2013 general election, Lazio
gave 40.7% of its vote to the center-left block coalition, 29.3% to the center-right coalition and 20.2 to the Five Star Movement. Administrative divisions[edit] Lazio
is divided into four provinces and one metropolitan city:

Province Area (km²) Population Density (inh./km²)

Province of Frosinone 3,244 496,545 153.1

Province of Latina 2,251 543,844 241.4

Province of Rieti 2,749 158,545 57.7

Metropolitan City of Rome
Capital 5,352 4,097,085 765.5

Province of Viterbo 3,612 314,690 87.1

See also[edit]

Geography of Italy Regions of Italy Administrative divisions of Italy


^ a b c "Bilancio demografico Anno 2017 (dati provvisori)". demo.istat.it.  ^ http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7962764/1-30032017-AP-EN.pdf/4e9c09e5-c743-41a5-afc8-eb4aa89913f6 ^ http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7962764/1-30032017-AP-EN.pdf/4e9c09e5-c743-41a5-afc8-eb4aa89913f6 ^ Aeneid, VIII.323. ^ Bevan 1875, pp. 530–531 ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Latin&allowed_in_frame=0 ^ Powerful Earthquakes in Italy. ^ "Foreign-born population in Italy, 1 January 2010" (PDF). Istat. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lazio.

Official Touristic Site of the Regione Lazio
(in English) Official Site of the Regione Lazio
(in Italian)

Coordinates: 41°54′N 12°43′E / 41.900°N 12.717°E / 41.900; 12.717

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