One of the oldest protected natural areas in Italy
Located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Lazio, along the stretch of coastline between Anzio and Terracina, the Circeo National Park has an ancient history. Archaeological finds in the area prove that humans have settled here since the Middle Palaeolithic period.
The park takes its name from Monte Circeo, an imposing limestone promontory overlooking the sea and offering a picture postcard panorama. An ideal destination for trekking, with dozens of paths winding through the lush Mediterranean scrubland, the park is also home to a long strip of golden sand: Sabaudia beach, a renowned seaside resort, which follows the curve of the Golfo del Circeo amidst thick vegetation and windswept dunes.
Another of the park’s treasures is Lago di Paola, with its incredible biodiversity. On its shores stand the remains of the ancient villa of Domitian, dating back to the 1st century AD, preserved in the Riserva Naturale Rovine di Circe.
Don’t miss Torre Paola, a 15th-16th century fortification clinging to the rocks, the Grotta delle Capre, accessible by sea and land, the Isola di Zannone, covered in dense Mediterranean vegetation, and the Cyclopean Walls, ruins of ancient polygonal walls from the 5th century BC.