Holiday Tips in Latina - Itri
Latina is the capital of the Province of Latina and is one of the richest areas in Latium for history, tradition and culture.It was built in 1932 on the dried lands of the Paludi Pontine and named "Littoria".
It represents an important urban example of architectural town created on an ottogonal site.
The province of Latina has a large tourist possibility due to its conformation and geographic position.
The Pontine islands, beaches and coastal lakes, the National Park of Circeo, characteristic hinterland countries with the millenarian history, the mild climate can constitute a reason for a various vacation also for the most demanding tourists.
Holiday Tips in Latina
We start from Itri and after a few kilometres, going along the Ss82, we go into the Aurunci Mountains' Regional Park, first natural reserve of this short itinerary. We go on till Pico and taking the same road, we come to San Giovanni IncÓrico.
From here we take the Motorway Del Sole (A1) towards Rome till the exit to Alatri.
AURUNCI MOUNTAINS' REGIONAL PARK
The Natural Park of the Aurunci Mountains is Latium's most southern protected area. It extends on a territory of 19375 hectares. A part of the territory is in the Provincial administration of Latina, another part in the one of Frosinone.
The most important landmark communes of the Provincial administration of Latina are: Campodimele, Fondi, Formia, Itri, Lenola, Spigno Saturnia.
The most important landmark communes of the Provincial administration of Frosinone are: Ausonia, Esperia, Pico, Pontecorvo.
The scenery is characterized by the type of rises, mainly calcareous with vast stone fields, dry and bare slopes, mostly bushes and scarce grassy vegetation in drought periods.
The fauna is very varied and interesting. In the Park there are some rare animals, very rare like the insects that live only in this area (Diplura campodeidae aurunca, coleottero Scotonomus auruncus). Some animals have a peculiar importance from a naturalistic point of view; for example the Italian newt, an amphibian that in Latium is spotted only on the Ausoni and Aurunci mountains. There are more common animals like the tortoise, the spectacled salamander, the greek frog, the green and yellow grass snake, the collared grass snake and the viper.
Among the mammals there are the stone marten, the porcupine, the dormouse, the badger, the fox, the common dormouse, the weasel, the wild hare and also the marten.
There are about 121 bird species, of which 80 nesting. Among these the most important are the peregrine falcon, the avocet, the wheatear, the sparrow hawk, the kestrel and the mural woodpecker.
From a geographical point of view, the Park is a kind of point of transition between the central and the southern Apennine. For this reason the present vegetation has always been subject of studies. The exceptional value of the Park is given largely to the orchids present with more than 50 species, to which we can add about twenty natural hybrids.
Great importance also has the wooded population especially in the inner zones (holm-oaks, hornbeams, mesopythe oaks, beeches). In the area towards the sea are present species like heather, broom, rockrose, mastic tree, myrtle and strawberry tree, typical of the Mediterranean scrub.
The visitor has the chance to choose lots of itineraries. Among the many advised routes, we can remember:
1) a path that takes till the peak of Mount Altino (1367 m.) starting from Maranola di Formia and passing through Campodivivo. On the mountain's top there is the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. Instead below the peak is located a Sanctuary bore in the rocks dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel.
2) a route till the Sanctuary of Madonna della Civita. We initially take for about an hour the road that goes from Itri to Campodimele. We then take a path through a holm-oaks wood and at the end we pass through a bare stretch.
3) from the Plateau of Campello to Mount Faggetto. We start from Itri.
4) On the peak of Mount Petrella. We can start from Esperia, Formia or Spigno.