WHAT TO VISIT NEAR TERRACINA
Promontory of Circeo
According to legend, the Circeo was the home of the sorceress Circe who, after trying to transform Ulysses and her companions into pigs, as told in the Odyssey, welcomed them for a year and gave them valuable information. Seen from afar, the Circeo has the shape of a sleeping woman who, according to some, gave rise to the legend of Circe. According to others the shape of the promontory has inspired the most imaginative considering it the abode of magicians, gods and sorcerers. The Circeo promontory is in fact an area of considerable speleological interest and its over 40 caves, such as the Grotta Azzurra, the grotta delle Capre, the cave of the Maga Circe, have always been a source of fantasy and mystery.
the Pontine Islands
A few kilometers from the coast, reachable from the port of Terracina, are the six Pontine islands: Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano and Ponza, from which the archipelago takes its name. The charm of their beauty and excellent connections make these islands of fishermen a must. The most important island is Ponza, only eight square kilometers in which rocky and sandy beaches, pristine sea, romantic coves where to moor and a magnificent landscape to live are concentrated. Ferries from the city's port connect the island of Ponza.
Natural Park of Circeo
The Circeo National Park is one of the most ancient protected natural areas in Italy. Founded in 1934 in a small area, along the coast between Anzio and Terracina, which covers about 9 hectares, it has always been a precious example of environmental heritage protected by our territory. The Circeo National Park is a natural place where very different environments meet but in complete synergy: the coastal Dune, the Forest, the Circeo promontory, the 4 coastal lakes and the island of Zannone. Unique views, pristine habitats, rare animal and plant species.
On the Riviera of Ulysses, set on a rock overlooking the sea, lies the white city of Sperlonga. The characteristic alleys that draw ups and downs with a breathtaking view of the sea are whitewashed like the streets, the stairs and the houses of the village. The historic center of Sperlonga is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and although we are a stone's throw from Rome and Naples it is fascinating to get lost in the typical streets and experience the small fishing village. The sea of Sperlonga is one of the most beautiful in Lazio. The water is crystal clear, the sand is fine and clear and the beaches are equipped for relaxation, recreation and fun.
the Lake of San Puoto
Near Sperlonga, along the Via Flacca there is a small sheet of fresh water that takes the name of Lake of San Puoto. A legend tells that in the depths of the lake there are the remains of an ancient city, Amyclae, described by Virgil and Cicero. Legend has it that the people of Amyclae, tied to a Pythagorean sect dedicated to silence, would have refused to raise the alarm when the enemies would arrive and be exterminated in an attack. The besieged and destroyed city was abandoned by the surviving inhabitants and eventually ended up being submerged by the waters, which guard its legend and memory.
the Monastery of San Magno
The monastery of San Magno is an important historical and cultural heritage of the lower Lazio region. According to the story of San Gregorio Magno, the monastery was built at the behest of San Onorato in 522 to honor the martyrdom of San Magno, killed along with San Paterno and 2597 Christians. The monastery, until 1072, was autonomous and managed by ordinary monks. Inserted in the Monti Ausoni and Lago di Fondi Regional Natural Park, it is characterized by an interesting tourist attraction, a place of considerable charm due to its scenic beauty and its historical and artistic values.