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What is there to do around Terracina? Lots more than you expect!

Terracina is very close to many other beautiful towns and natural attractions, reachable with easy one day trips:


Sperlonga is a pictoresque seaside resort built on a cliff overlooking the sea, with a beautiful view on the Mediterranean. The city centre includes an old fishermen harbour with narrow alleys and white-washed houses. Sand beaches stretch for almost 10 km interrupted by rocks and sea grottoes. One of those is the famous Tiberius'grotto, discovered in the 50's, where you can see the remains of the Imperial Villa built around a large ornamental pool which extends into a large grotto in the cliffs. The near Archeological Museum preserves findings from the Villa itself, including a collection of big statues on Ulysses'myth.


Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Pontine Islands are known for crystal clear waters in varying shades of blue, which surround these land masses created by ancient volcanic activity. These islands, only about 25-50 miles off of the west coast of Italy, right in front of Terracina are still relatively unknown and unspoiled. Ponza is the main island and in the middle of the Pontine Islands. During the reign of Rome's Caesar Augustus, Romans were encouraged to settle Ponza and Ventotene. In ancient times it is believed that Ponza was connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land that eventually sunk into the sea. Modern marine archaeology is now confirming that fact. During the Middle Ages Ponza was abandoned due to constant pirate attacks until re-colonized by the Kingdom of Naples in the 1700's.   

One such marvel is Gaeta, a small, ancient town on its own Gulf in the Mediterranean. What it offers are enough ancient ruins, medieval alleyways and old churches to keep any visitor enthralled for weeks, without so much as a glance at the tourist-clogged cities to the north and south. The Romans knew and appreciated the area for its beauty and its abundance of sea food. They fled to the cool sea breezes in the summer when the heat of the city became too much to tolerate. They built grand villas in the hills and on the seashore, the remains of which form the foundations of modern villas to which the Romans still escape each summer.


The 'Parco Nazionale del Circeo', a national park was created in 1934 to protect the native wildlive. Today the park is an intricate mix of wetlands, beaches, coastal lakes, forests, and dunes that offer a world of outdoor activities.


The beautiful Gardens of Ninfa are located in the Lazio region of Italy, about 40 miles south-east of Rome. Known mostly to garden enthusiasts, Ninfa and its unique setting are still a fairly well-kept secret. Ninfa was a substantial town going back to the times of the Romans.
Now plants wind over ruined towers and walls, rejoicing in the lush damp conditions. The setting is indescribably atmospheric, with roses scrambling for footholds in ruined archways, and the frescoed church wall still standing open to the weather.


Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79.


The fresh and fruit-tasting wine of the vineyards tilled on these fertile lands is honourably represented by the famous dry Muscat 'Oppidum' of Terracina. Taste its dry and full-bodied  flavour, admire the clear straw-coloured colour, and let yourself be dragged by  its intense and strong scent, almost unexpected. The Muscat of Terracina really  leaves its mark! We are not surprised that even Ulysses was fascinated by the  magic of the wine of these lands, while he enjoyed the thousands of delicious  tastes and the banquets in the palace of Circe. Nowadays, things have changed  and the magic has become richer owing to the modern wine-making techniques  and to the extraordinary abilities of the Pontine wine-producing exploitations.

The local kitchen offers you the best products from the mainland and all  kinds of fish. The queen of the Pontine Marshes, the Pontine speciality above  all others, deserves its own space: the cow buffalo mozzarella! First of all, it  has great references: the Pontine cow buffalo mozzarella is a product with  the 'denomination of protected origin' (DPO). And how could we say that it is  wrong? And, then, with its round shapes, the soft surface, white and shining…  how could you resist to a similar work of temptation?

A typical seafood dish of Gaeta is the delicious Tiella, a rustic pie that wraps the intense taste of seafood, and the sharp taste of the famous black olives in two layers of flour pastry, placed  on top of the other and compressed. The Tiella must be eaten with one's  hands, cut in quarters: only in this way you can taste how smooth and dense  it is and, according to ancient cooking, you must let the oil flow onto your  hands. So, if you want to enjoy it as the Caetani family used to do,  carefully tuck up your sleeves!

Who does not know the very famous Olives of Gaeta? Who has never once in his life cooked the simple 'Spaghetti alla puttanesca' or the 'Straccetti alla marinara' without adding the most delicious olives in Italy?


Terracina is perfect for whoever loves sport. You can find many tennis courts, soccer and volley fields as well as trekking excursions. In the surroundings there are free climbing, windsurf, diving, rowing, paragliding, sail and canoe courses.   


 As far as nightlife in Terracina is concerned, being tourist place, there's many possibilities.
If you don't want to cook yourself in very hot pubs, you can enjoy the live music on beach, there are 3 places where they play music, pretty good, no entry fee business and pretty good crowd. Terracina has a plenty of restaurants, cinemas, pubs and discotheques as well.

All of this makes Terracina an important and genuine tourist resort that is suitable for everyone regardless what age you are or what interest you have!!



MARIA CONTICELLO - 0039 349 1493116 - theartapartment@gmail.com