long coastal strip south of Rome, from San Felice Circeo to Gaeta, can
best be described as the ‘Roman Riviera’. It lies between the
Mediterranean Sea and a mountain range occasionally interrupted by plains.
The Roman emperors already had their pleasure gardens on the sea here. The
most northerly town, San Felice Circeo, is a modern seaside resort with
splendid villas, mostly new. Just to the south is Terracina, whose
historical town centre has many remnants from Roman times. Perhaps even
more attractive is Sperlonga, even further to the south, which lies on a
peninsula. Originally a fishing village, but with interesting Roman
remnants as well, it is now fully oriented toward tourism. Further to the
south is Gaeta, which also has many Roman and Mediaeval remnants and wide
beaches. The mountain range comes close to the sea at several places along
the road between San Felice Circeo and Gaeta, giving the landscape a
spectacular character. This region is also known for various villages in
the mountains, as well as a marvellously pretty chain of islands nearly 50 km
to the west of Terracina, of which the principal island is Ponza. Ponza
can be reached from Terracina and other places via hydrofoil and/or ferry,
or via full-day or half-day excursions. A visit to Ponza is an absolute
must! It’s astonishing that so few foreigners know about this region. It
fully deserves to be better known. An eldorado for yachtsmen, surfers and
underwater excursions, it has endless beaches for swimming and sunbathing.
As the sea is especially calm in the summer during good weather, yachts
and pleasure boats of all sizes, sorts and degrees of luxury are abundant.
thus consider ourselves lucky to be able to let a quite modern 6-person
villa, with its own garden and considerable privacy, in a walled estate of
23 villas. The villa and estate are only a few metres from the sea, and
a small tunnel under the provincial road leads from the estate to the sea.
It’s just a two-minute walk from the house. There is a public beach 350/400
metres south of the estate, which can be used if the estate’s private
beach is not sufficient.