Christmas Tree, Piazza del Duomo, Firenze/Florence, Tuscany
Secluded Beach, Furore, Amalfi, Italy
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Capri, Italy (by Carmelo61 PhotoPassion)
Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio
Lazio is one of the 20 regions of Italy, situated in the central peninsula. With 5.7 million residents and a GDP of more than 170 billion Euros, it’s the 3rd-most populated region of Italy with the 2nd-largest economy in the nation. Its capital is Rome. The coast of Lazio is mainly composed of sandy beaches, punctuated by the headlands of Circeo (541 m) and Gaeta (171 m). The Italian word Lazio descends from the Latin Latium. The name of the region also survives in the tribal designation of the ancient population of Latins, Latini in the 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 Jupiter “lay hidden” from his father seeking to kill him, a major modern etymology is that Lazio comes from the Latin word “latus”, meaning “wide”, 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, Marsi, Hernici, Aequi, Aurunci and Volsci, all surrounding Italic tribes. The northern border was the Tiber river, which divided it from Etruria. As of Jan 2010, ISTAT estimated that 497,940 foreign-born immigrants live in Lazio, equal to about 9% of the population.