The Riviera of Ulysses and the wonders of the countryside

Our Riviera is a treasure chest of magical spots from fine golden beaches to spectacular promontories, coves, grottoes and natural reserves whose thousand year old history is full of myths;  Ulysses landed here having fled from the Laestrygonians and having passed many years in oblivion and in love with the Maga Circe ( the witch of Circe );  here  Aeneas , the courageous warrior destined by fate to see the first descendants and history of Rome, also finally rested.

A melting pot of populations and cultures has outlined the identity of these lands, from fighting Italic communities such as those from the Ausoni, Aurunci and Volsci tribes and the Romans,  mingled with traces of the splendour of the medieval era alongside the modern towns built during the Fascist  period.

The Village of Le Dune is also in a strategic spot for visiting the beautiful surrounding area.  A few kilometres away there is the historic town of Fondi with its shops, restaurants, and bars in the town centre along with some wonderful buildings such as the Baronale Castle where artists and writers from the Italian Renaissance stayed at the Court of Giulia Gonzaga.

The much admired, white washed village of Sperlonga enchants visitors with its little alleyways and steps that go up and down from the historical centre to the sea and the fascinating Villa of the Emperor Tiberius.  A short drive along the coast you can find the historical  town of Gaeta with its Roman gate, its churches and imposing castle of Federick II of Sweden, and Mount Orlando with the Sanctuary of the Split Mountain which , according to the legend, happened at the moment of the death of Jesus.  For the lovers of history and archaeology you cannot miss a visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and to the Tomb of  Cicerone in  Formia and the precious archaeological area of Ancient Minturno , Antica Minturnae.

Following the coast in the opposite direction you come upon the other pearls of the Riviera of Ulysses:  Terracina overlooked by its Temple of Jupiter Anxur , San Felice Circeo with its immense Natural Park and Sabaudia built on the reclaimed marshlands during the Facist period.  Inland there are many fascinating small towns to visit full of history, folklore and gastronomic specialities such as Itri , Lenola, Monte San Biagio, Fossanova, Sermoneta, Bassiano, and Norma as well as the islands of Ponza and the archipelago where nature is revealed in all its splendour.

Of course, the beautiful cities of Rome and Naples are only about one hundred kilometres away.

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