Rome, the capital city of Italy, is also the capital of the Lazio region.
Lazio has a population of over 5.5 million people, of whom 75% are employed in activities related to the public administration and the research sector.
Lazio is administratively divided in 5 provinces listed below by number of inhabitants, with Rome being the most populated province.
Lazio is one of the most important regions in Italy and contributes 10% of the national GDP. Aside from tourism, Lazio derives its wealth from agriculture, particularity vegetable production and wine, as well as from key industries such as machinery manufacturing, textile, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. The film industry has a steady base in Lazio (Cinecitta).
The countryside is varied and ranges from majestic mountains in the south-eastern parts to the rolling hills in the north. The cost line is low with sandy beaches. The climate is mild.
The main river is the Tiber, which is the third longest river in Italy. The Tiber runs from Mount Fumaiolo to the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is named after the mythical king Tiberinus who drowned in it. According to legend the Tiber is also the site where Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, were abandoned and later found by a female wolf.
Lazio has about 160,000 hectares of regional territory which are under the protection of the Ministry of Environment. Over 61 green areas, including regional parks, lakes, natural reserves are listed as protected areas of natural beauty.
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