If you dream of a holiday in Italy for your family, here is your chance for an unforgettable vacation in a magical Medieval hilltop town, not far from fabulous Mediterranean beach resorts, like Sabaudia and San Felice Circeo, as well as walking distance from handful of very reasonably priced restaurants where you can enjoy typical local specialties. At a reasonable price, everything that you have dreamed of in an Italian vacation is here. You will also have access to a large, uncrowded pool at a nearby wine and olive Estate.
The apartment: Enjoy refined and comfortable accommodation on a single floor; You will find a brand new and fully-equipped kitchen, dining and living areas with TV and DVD, plus two pleasant bedrooms each with its own bathroom, with toilet, bidet and shower. One floor up, your large terrace offers spectacular views over the plain, out to the sea and the Pontine islands. There are table and chairs for outdoor dining, a highlight of the laid-back Italian life-style. Living room sofa has a pull-out to sleep two extra if necessary. You will be welcome to use the large pool that we have arranged for your use 2.5 km away.
The train station of Latina is only twelve minutes by car from Sermoneta, and with the train journey to Rome only half an hour, daily sight-seeing visits to Rome are an attractive proposition. However, there are a wealth of tourist possibilities in the environs of Sermoneta; some of them are noted below. The ABBEY of VALVISCIOLO, a few kilometers north of SERMONETA, was established by Basilian monks in the VIIIth century and passed to the Knights Templar who reconstructed it in Gothic style using local stone. The Knights immortalized their ownership by sculpting their cross on the façade. In the XIIIth century, the Cistercians imposed their own style on the interior and in the decoration. Inside, frescoes by Nicola Circignani (1520-1600) and Emilio Savonanzi (1580-1660) can still be seen. Next to the church is the monastery with its cloisters.
Not far from SERMONETA (6km) are the ruins of the ancient town of NINFA, the “Pompeii of the Middle Ages”, destroyed in 1381. The destruction of NINFA was the result of a feud between two branches of the Caetani family, the winners of which exacted this violent revenge. The town had contained within its walls ten churches, four monasteries, a municipal Palace, and a castle with a high tower. The ruins remained untouched for centuries; the crystal waters from the Lepino hills flowing through the lake and streams of the abandoned site. Today, all that remains of old NINFA are the ruins of the castle, the mills, and the churches, reflected in the waters of its lake. In 1920 Gelasio Caetani converted the site into a natural oasis, a wonderful park of exotic and rare plants that thrive in this world-renowned micro-climate. These extraordinary gardens can be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from April to October.
Another extraordinary natural site is the NATIONAL PARK OF CIRCEO, host to the Monte Circeo, 20 km of superb sandy beaches, four lakes and a forest in its 8,500 hectares (18,700 acres). Recognised by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”, the park contains 1,237 species of fauna and 250 species of bird, and wild boar, deer and foxes thrive in the forest. It also contains ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa and Lucullo’s Spring. The 1,700 foot Monte Circeo is believed to be the site of Circe and her Sirens, described in Homer’s Iliad. Circe drugged Ulysses’ 23 companions and turned them into swine; however, Ulysses avoided this fate with an antidote provided by Hermes, and persuaded Circe to fall in love with him, which helps explain her decision to return his companions.
For the sports-minded, enjoy horse-riding, archery, tennis, biking, and paragliding nearby.