The Pontine capital and its province in Lazio, boast beautiful beaches that overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea, along with charming villages and the natural setting of the ‘Parco Nazionale del Circeo’ Circeo National Park. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Province of Latina lies at the center of the Pontine plain.
Rather diverse in its morphology, the Latina consists of mountains, plains and rivers; orotected natural areas are an important part of the province, with the Urban Park of Monte Orlando in Gaeta, the Natural Park of the Aurunci Mountains, and the Suburban Park of Gianola.
Circeo National Park covers about 8,500 hectares and comprises varied topographical features, from forest to coastal dunes, a promontory, wetlands, and islands. The park is home to many animal species, particularly birds, of which migratory species are predominant, as are the peregrine eagle and sea eagles.
The coast and the Islands of Ponza and Ventotene are the main tourist attractions of the area, thanks to an uncontaminated sea. Along the coastline small lakes preside, including Lake Fogliano and Lake Sabaudia. If Latina and its Province are best-known for the beauty of the coast, and a wealth of parks and natural oases, the territory is also of great interest for those seeking remains from the ancient past, or the intriguing architecture of the first half of the 20th century, as seen in the urban planning of Latina and Aprilia.
The local gastronomy is tied to the products of this highly-agricultural province, as well as to those of the sea. Agricultural products are combined to create tasty dishes commonly inspired by typical Roman cuisine, such as roasted abbacchio (lamb) with potatoes; pajata; coda alla vaccinara (oxtail); garofolato lamb and other specialties.
Many are the typical products in the area. These include mozzarella; marzolino, a hard, slightly matured cheese with a sweet flavor; prosciutto (ham) from Bassiano flavored with a matured seasoning of wine, garlic and pepper; Cori ham; and Gaeta olives.
Excellent are the sausages from Monte San Biagio and other towns in Latina Province, prepared using the best part of the pig, spiced with coriander and preserved in oil. Traditional sweets are mostly dry biscuits or cookies, apple fritters, classic and fried doughnuts, and wine doughnuts, some of which are available mainly during local festivities.
The Province’s D.O.C. wines are many, including the Aprilia Trebbiano,Merlot and Circeo Trebbiano, a selection of white, red and rosé wines. Moscato di Terracina, one of the most representative I.G.T. wines, and Aleatico are also well-known.