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Sperlonga


Lying along Via Flacca, Sperlonga is a charming seaside village, standing on the rocky spur of the Monti Ausoni, Mt. St.Magno., and whose shores are licked by the Thirrenian Sea. Its original tranquillity made Sperlonga a favourite holiday place among the Romans, and it is today a happy seaside resort, still closely linked to its agricultural traditions and full of characteristic surprises: narrow lanes which wind steeply up to the top of the hill, arches which link the brightly painted houses at the foot of the slope and which unexpectedly open onto courtyards and other lanes. The beaches along the 10 km. sandy shoreline all have typical names – to the east the beaches of Bambole, Capovento, Bazzano and Angolo, and to the west those of Canzatora and Amyclae. The rocks shaped by the wind;, the shores studded with coastal defence towers, which also hide marine caves; the luxurian slopes which are a haven of Mediterranean flora, and planted with olive groves and nursery gardens; the port used by fishermen and small pleasure crafts; the natural monument Promontorio Villa di Tiberio e Torre Capovento Punta Cetarola (now part of the Regional Park Riviera di Ulisse); the Tiberius' villa and cave, all contribute to make Sperlonga a site of great tourist, naturalist, historic and archaeologic appeal. The area of Tiberius' Cave, brought to light in the fifties of the 20th century, also includes a lily pond, and a large fishery, and is home to the National Archaeological Museum, which conserves, among other things, four important marble groups bound to the vicissitudes of Ulysses, most found in the same area.


Terracina


Slightly more than 100 kilometres from Rome and 120 kms from Naples, Terracina lies on about 15 kms. Of coastline, along the wide gulf marked by the Circeo and Gaeta promontories. A visual summary of the history of Terracina is afforded by the present-day main plaza, Piazza del Municipio, which has sections of the ancient Roman Appian Way, the Republican Age (or Emilian) Forum with its original pavement, traces of the Roman theatre, and the capitolium. The Middle Age is represented by the splendid Ca-thedral dedicated to the patron St. Cesareo, Palazzo Venditti, the Torre dei Rosa, now the Civic Museum, and Castello Frangipane.


Fondi


The semicircle of the Ausoni and Aurunci Mts. That terminates at Terracina and Sper-longa, delimits the broad Fondi-Monte S.Biagio Plain, in which rich karst springs form Lake Fondi. The plainends at a coastline of the Fondi area that extends for over 10 kms. A strand of dunes, hich is still partly unspiled and hosts primitive vegetation, accompa-nies the sea, highlighting the seaside nature of this land, whose capital lies in the interior. According to legend, the town was fonde y Hercules, and the historic centre is rich in history, making it an attraction for those interested in cultural tourism. The layout of Fondi is similar to the typical Roman grid plan, with the decumanus and cardo as the the main intersecting streets, the medieval walls, and buildings which for the most part were constructed by the Caetani family.


Gaeta


Rising on the spur of Monte Orlando is Gaeta, a maritime republic and holiday resort area since ancient Roman times, as evidenced by various vestiges remaining in the terri-tory. Today's Gaeta is a bathing resort of the middle Tyrrhene that benefits highly from a temperate climate, receptive facilities and structures and good quality bathing beaches, in addition to ample historic, monumental and religious evidence, from various epochs. Its coastline is a sequence of beaches (S.Agostino, S.Vito, Arenata, Ariana, Quaranta Remi, Fontana and Serapo, now inserted into the urban fabric) set apart by rocky spurs, on which rise coastal strongholds, bays and enchanting coves. The village, "Borgo", devel-oped upon initiatives of fishermen and small farmers, winds along Via Indipendenza, with its abundance of small typical shops.


Ponza

One of the most interesting islands in the Mediterranean Sea, PONZA (located at a lati-tude of 40°54' N and a longitude of 12°58' E) stretches to approximately 7,350 metres in length (from Punta della Guardia to Punta dell'Incenso ) and varies in width from a max-imum of 2,000 metres to a minimum of just 200 metres (between Cala d'Inferno and Cala dell'Acqua). Covering a total surface area of approximately 722 hectares, the island can be reached by ferry from Formia, Terracina and San Felice Circeo (in summer), as well as from Anzio, Fiumicino (Roma) and Naples. The magnificent panorama – a view which incorporates both the charm of the pink and white houses of the old fashioned port and the majesty of the surrounding hills – which greets visitors to Ponza on their arrival is one of the most beautiful in the world, while the seabed offers a highly varied and intriguing underwater landscape which includes cliff walls covered in red corals, fields of sea-grasses waving in the current and huge rocks and boulders carpeted with sea lettuce and delicate acetabularia. Circumnavigation of the island enables full appreciation of the amazing variety of caves, grottoes, rocks, coves and bays with which its coast is lined.