Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy, situated in the central peninsular section of the country. With almost 5.9 million residents and a GDP of more than 170 billion euros, Lazio is the second most populated region of Italy (being approximately the same in population as Campania), and has the second largest economy of the nation. Its capital is Rome, capital and largest city of Italy.
In the heart of Italy and along the Thyrrhenian Sea, Lazio is the center of the Italian political life thanks to the presence of the government and Parliament; it is the Catholic world center since there is the Vatican, and a favorite destination of tourism for the innumerable monuments of the Roman civilization and, along the Northern Tuscan border, of the Etruscan civilization.Apart from the area of Rome, the rest of the territory is mostly plain and hills, with mountains in the area of Rieti such as Monte Terminillo (2213 m), and in the north an area of lower mountains of volcanic origins, in whose craters many beautiful lakes took origin. More than half of the population of the whole region live in or around Rome.