Sabaudia. Circeo National Park

The Circeo National Park was founded in 1934 to defend a unique ecosystem that includes the municipalities of Latina, Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo and Ponza, with reference only to the island of Zannone.

It was the years of reclamation that led to a total change in the local ecosystem, transforming the swamps into fertile flat areas. The particularity of the territories and the great biodiversity they present has led to the creation of a forest, coastal dune, mountain and lake protection area.

Today the Circeo Park is a Nature Reserve and is part of the MAB program, a UNESCO Biosphere conservation project and the RAMSAR Convention for the protection of wetlands.

Inside the park there are traces of prehistoric settlements and in the Guattari Cave in 1939 a skull of a man dating back to the Neanderthal period was found.

The park is equipped with rest areas and in the territory of Sabaudia there is an information point with a naturalistic museum and a documentation center which also includes the reconstruction of Lestre (pre-reclamation houses) and the Carbonaia (place where coal was produced) typical of the swamp.

The coastal dune of Sabaudia is 23 km long and has a typical Mediterranean vegetation with colorful blooms of silene, carpobroto, lotus and sea chamomile protected by maritime pines and prickly juniper. In addition to the scents of the sea and flowers, we can recognize that of myrtle and the pungent one of mastic.

The Circeo Park is very popular with birdwatchers with over 265 species of birds present in its territory. Among the best known birds you can find ducks, coots, cormorants, herons, egrets and even flamingos, white storks, Italian knights and avocets.

Written by
Claudia Bettiol

Engineeer, futurist, joint founder of Energitismo and founder of Discoverplaces. Consultant for the development and promotion of the Touristic Development of Territories specialising in...