The seaside town of Latina draws visitors to its coasts and city center to join its 100,000+ residents in enjoying what the city has to offer. In 1932 after swamps were drained, Italians from the surrounding area arrived in droves to found the city. The Province of Latina peers over the Tyrrhenian Sea and forms the heart of the Pontine plain. Urban parks, churches, and the natural beauty of waterways and islands make this area a must on any trip to Italy. Latina has a close proximity to Rome, making for a great day or weekend trip. But be careful, Latina may catch you and not let go for a week or longer! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Latina!
1. Explore Italian military history at the Piana delle Orme
The rich military history of Italy comes to the life at the Piana delle Orme. The museum began with the private collection of Mariano De Pasquale before expanding to what it currently includes. The museum invites you to listen to the stories on topics such as Anzio landing, Battle of Cassino, Life in the Fields, Reclamation of Pontine Marshes, and more. For the serious history lover, expect to get here early and spend up to four hours working your way through all the material making the 12 EUR (14 USD) more than worth the experience.
Piana delle Orme
Address: Strada Migliara 43 ½, 29, 04100 Latina LT, Italy
Website: Piana delle Orme (in Italian)
2. Appreciate St. Mark's Cathedral
Come visit the sweeping architectural beauty of St. Mark’s Cathedral, or as it is known by the locals, Cattedrale di San Marco. Construction of the church began in 1932, the year Latina was founded. The choice of San Marco (or St. Mark) as the patron combines the agricultural territory with Venezia, the area where most of the colonists came from. Look past the facade and the full-length arches ending in four pillars to find the sculpture of the coat of arms of Pius XI, the pope at the time of the dedication of the church.
St. Mark's Cathedral
Address: Piazza San Marco 10, 04100, Latina, Italy
Website: St. Mark’s Cathedral (in Italian)
3. Splash around at the Miami Beach Aqua Park
How about some fun in the sun splashing around with the whole family at the Miami Beach Aqua Park? This facility provides a great way for children and adults to escape the summer heat and have some fun. This watery wonderland has attractions including a Magical Castle Waterfall, Blue Lagoon open swim area, Kamikaze watercraft slides, bouncy jumping areas (check out the picture), and so much more. Miami Beach Aqua Park is open daily from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm from June through September. Insider’s tip: get there after 1.30 pm to enjoy a reduced afternoon price and watch out for the increased price on Sundays.
Miami Beach Aqua Park
Address: Via Missiroli, 7, 04100 Borgo Piave LT, Italy
Website: Miami Beach Aqua Park (in Italian)
4. Relaxing fun for the whole family at the Acquaparco Scivosplash
Another watery option is the Scivo Splash Happy Park, also known as the Acquaparco Scivosplash. This is a great place that many families with small children have enjoyed. Opening on 4th June, the Scivo Splash is open daily from 9.00 am - 6.30 pm. Insider’s tip: if you end up leaving before 1.00 pm, you will be entitled to a voucher to return the following day.
Address: Strada Acqua Viva 6, 04100, Latina, Italy
Website: Acquaparco Scivosplash (in Italian)
5. Have fun and excitement at the Indiana Park Latina
For those looking for a drier, more daring adventure, try the Indiana Park Latina Adventure Park. This park offers ropes courses to delight and challenge patrons from two-years-old through adults, from beginners through experienced veterans. Start off with the easiest IndianaKid course and then work your way up to see how far you can go! Don’t miss the paintball and archery areas for extra excitement. There are experienced safety professionals on hand to ensure the adventure does not become dangerous.
During the summer, the park is open every day 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm and Thursday - Sunday 10.00 am - 8.00 pm. Enjoy the affordable rates starting at 8 EUR (9.40 USD) for children and 14 EUR (16.40 USD) for adults (try to skip holidays as those times cost more). Also, for parents or supporters of adventurous souls, don’t worry about paying as the entrance is free for those not participating. The Indiana Park Latina Adventure Park is right next to the Acquaparco Scivosplash and combined packages are available making a swim after a ropes course a perfect pairing.
Indiana Park Latina
Address: Str. Cerasella, 10, 04100 Latina LT, Italy
Website: Indiana Park Latina (in Italian)
6. Experience island life at Ponza or Palmarola
Looking for some extra relaxation and a trip to paradise? Try an island getaway at the highly rated islands of Ponza or Palmarola. Ponza is a half-moon-shaped inhabited island with comfortable hotels and private accommodations for rent. Don’t miss the beaches, Roman tunnels, and archaeological sites of Ponza. If you would like an even more peaceful time, head over to Palmarola. The solitude and natural beauty will draw you onto its shores to appreciate its translucent waters. Explore the grottos and cliffs while there.
To get to the islands, take a ferry from Anzio at the address below to Ponza. If you are looking to keep going to Palmarola, you can take another ferry or rent a boat.
Ponza or Palmarola Island
Address: Via Molo Pamphili, 33, 00042 Anzio RM, Italy
Website: Poza or Palmarola Island
7. Relax at the Arnaldo Mussolini Park
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Take in some history while relaxing at the Arnaldo Mussolini Park. This park was built when the city was being established to honor the brother of Benito Mussolini. Reflect on the busts of Arnaldo and other contemporary figures erected around the park. Visit the marble obelisk and fountain dedicated to fallen soldiers. Amble through the well-maintained lawns and gardens or step up your activity level on the tennis courts.
Arnaldo Mussolini Park
Address: Via Benvenuto Cellini, 12, 04100 Latina LT, Italy
Website: Arnaldo Mussolini Park
8. Take in the peaceful waters of the Lago di Fogliano
Visit the wetland waters of the beautiful Lake Fogliano, known to locals as the Lago di Fogliano. Although this lake stretches five km (3.1 mi) to the sea, it is only two meters (6.5 ft) deep. This protected area includes historic buildings including a restored village, botanical garden, a regal villa, and the tiny church of S. Andrea. While in the area, visit the rest of the Circeo National Park, which Lake Fogliano is a part of. The Circeo Mountain and its trails are particularly worth a climb.
Lago di Fogliano
Address: Parco Nazionale Del Circeo, 04100, Latina, Italy
Website: Lago di Fogliano (in Italian)
9. Hike Monte Semprevisa
If you are up for a climb, hike Monte Semprevisa, which translates to Mount Everlast. The peaks give an unequaled view of the whole Agro Pontino region for all those willing to go for a short hike. To head for the summit of Mount Everlast, start at the picnic area of Pian della Faggeta. The climb is not particularly challenging; however, expect to spend a good few hours making the ascent and descent. This is best for those who lead at least a mildly active lifestyle. Following the path will provide safety during your hike and views that will give you a chance to catch your breath.
Address: Monte Semprevisa, 00032 Carpineto Romano, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Website: Monte Semprevisa
10. Explore Italian cultural history at Museo Della Terra Pontina
Get into the culture of Italy by visiting Latina’s museum of cultural history at the Museum of Terra Pontina. Explore the history of the Pontino territory and how the identity of the area developed. Plan to come during midday. Don’t worry about paying because the museum has free entry!
Museo Della Terra Pontina Ex Opera Nazionale Combattenti
Address: Piazza del Quadrato, 22, 04100, Latina, Italy
Ready for adventure or relaxation
With all these options, you can have the trip of a lifetime in Latina, Italy. Although less than 90 years old, this region offers natural beauty and excitement in the city. Plan a trip for the whole family to visit water parks and the adventure park while learning some history or head off on a solo trip to enjoy solitude on top of a mountain or on an uninhabited island. If you are alone or with a group, seeking relaxation or adventure, Latina provides a great place for the vacation of a lifetime.
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