sperlonga Italy

Benvenuti / Welcome to

South Lazio

This beautiful mountainous coastal region of South Lazio includes the two provinces of Latina and Frosinone.

South Lazio is so rich in history, architecture, culture, tradition and natural beauty.

This region is also noted for its temperate climate. Indeed South Lazio is blessed in many ways.

The stunning coastline of the Riviera Di Ulisse or Ulysses Riviera is sometimes also referred to as the Costa Pontina or Pontine Coast.

It is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Italy. It stretches from Sabaudia to San Felice Circeo, Terracina, Sperlonga, Gaeta, Formia all the way down to Scauri and Marina di Minturno. 

Marina of Caposele Formia in South Lazio Italy
Palm Tree Terracina Beach South Lazio Italy
Boats in Gaeta Harbour in South Lazio Italy

The Coastline and many of the local hotels and establishments take their names from Greek mythology, from Homer’s Greek work the Odessey and Virgil’s Roman version the Aeneid. In the Greek legendary masterpiece it was Odysseus (Roman name Ulysses) who fled from the Aegean following the fall of Troy. In the Roman chronical the hero’s name is that of Aeneas. Legend has it that for the following ten years Odysseus / Aeneas navigated the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and eventually set foot on the golden Italian shores of this region of  South Lazio.

Even in Roman times this area was held in high esteme with many weathy Romans having villas along the coastline. At Sperlonga the Roman Emperor had a lavish holiday home that incorporated some natural caves. Cicero, the Roman philosopher, politition and orator, was thought to have owned a luxurious villa at Formia, close to where his mausoleum still stands today. Indeed, this picturesque coastline has numerous golden beaches of fine sand, crystal clear waters, rocky coves, headlands and sheltered harbours. The rocky cliffs are popular with Free Climbers from all around the world.

The Mountains

Yet close-by are the dramatic Aurunci, Ausoni and Lepini mountains which border the Southern Appenines and the Abruzzo National Park. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a diversity of landscapes:  Pretty medieval hill towns; verdant tranquil hillsides; olive groves; rivers, lakes; craggy peaks and protected wildlife and nature reserves.

The region of South Lazio is still largely unknown to international tourists.  The beaches are popular with Italian visitors during the month of August, however out of season South Lazio reverts to a peaceful holiday setting.  This is Real Italy !!!

Tre Cancelle Farmhouse Apartments Near Sperlonga Itri

A  Note  of  Thanks

My sincere thanks to all the people who have kindly given me permission to use their photos on this South Lazio website.

Thank you to Patrick Abbott, Antonio Casti, Domenico Feola, Luigi Versaggi, Maurizio Aprea, Patrizia Esposito and Pirovagando.

Also, thank you also to the photographers who have been so kind to share their photos via a Creative Commons License.

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All other photos I have taken myself and belong to me © Louise Shapcott.

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Last Updated November 2017