The Circeo National Park is located along the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Lazio, about 100 km south of Rome, between Anzio and Terracina. The park was established in 1934 in order to preserve the great wealth of plant and animal species found in the area. Thanks to this intervention, the total deforestation of the ancient " Selva of Terracina" was avoided. Since 1979, Circeo National Park also includes some islands, like the beautiful Island of Zannone.
Circeo National Park is an area with interconnected environments, each necessary to the survival of the other. Among the other animals in the park, there are several species of birds who find refuge in wetlands and birds of prey that inhabit the Cape. Visiting Circeo National Park is a unique experience that allows you to learn all about the history of Lazio and beyond. In fact, inside the park there are over one hundred archaeological sites, some of which are accessible to tourists.
DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE PARK
The Duna Resort: extends along the coast to Cape porter and is crescent shaped. The dune has very fine sand and is protected by Europe Union.
The Promontory of Circeo: this is a high-relief limestone, about 540 meters high and is visible from anywhere in the park. Also known for its ancient mythological legends, it is believed that this was the place where Odysseus was kept for several days by the sorceress Circe. The inland area is home to an almost tropical, dense forest while on the seaside slopes, there are caves rich in natural stone formations.
Island of Zannone: is part of the Pontine Islands along with Ventotene, Ponza, Palmarola, Santo Stefano and Gavi. The island consists of volcanic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks over 200 million years old. In 1979 the island of Zannone became part of Circeo National Park, as it has preserved interesting particular flora and fauna.
Coastal lakes: these are four brackish lakes that lie along the coast and are separated from the sea by a narrow strip of coastal dunes. The lakes are home to several species of migratory birds, but also an ancient villa dedicated to the Emperor Domitian.
Naturalistic Museum: you will have the opportunity to closely observe important archaeological findings, with different sections dedicated to geology, history and mythology. Continuing on, you’ll see the illustration of the different natural environments with a collection of botanical and maritime specimens.
Hours: 9:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 17:00
Costs: Free admission.
HOW TO GET TO THE PARK
By car: From Rome along the SS 148 Pontina towards Latina and the subsequent variation SS 148 towards Naples for Terracina Median diverting at the junction to mile post 53 Sabaudia on the SP through the Forest Park up to the town of Sabaudia where the main Visitor Center Circeo National Park is located
By train: From Termini Train Station take the Rome-Naples line (Trenitalia) via Formia, and from there take the Privett-Fossanova CO.TRA.L bus to Sabaudia.
By bus: Take CO.TRA.L bus (also stops in Eur and in subway stops around the city, consult the official website) and reach Sabaudia. From the bus terminal in Sabaudia you can reach the Park Visitor Center (located approximately 1 km) using the bus CO. TRA.L. continuing to San Felice Circeo and Terracina on Via Carlo Alberto or the city bus line going through the same streets with a stop on request at the entrance to the Visitor Center.