Terracina is an excellent starting point for day trips to Rome, Naples, Pompeii or to the Ponza Islands. Several places closer to Terracina are also worth visiting. Here is a small selection:
The most visited of the Pontine Islands is Ponza. The trip to Ponza takes about 80 minutes by the fast ferry. Tickets can be bought at the docks. Here there are several offers for going on excursions by smaller boats. Either to visit the neighbouring island of Palmarola or the Pilato Caves, a complex of caves from Roman era, excavated at sea level. On these trips you can enjoy breathtaking scenery and crystal clear water. The tickets may or may not include lunch, so be sure to ask beforehand. The boats make several stops along the way where you can swim and explore several caves around the island.
Here is yet another National park, with numerous plants and an abundant wildlife. The city center is not antique or as charming as Terracina and San Felice, but the beaches are extremely nice.
Sonnino is best known for its exquisite olive oil production. The old town is also very charming with lots of narrow alleys with a spectacular view from the piazza.
Campo Soriano is within the National park. It’s known for the numerous unusual erect large stones. The most famous monument is ‘The Cathedral’, an approximately 15 m high rock.
Pompeii is still being excavated, the city is quite large. I advice you to read a little about the many buildings before visiting, that way you’ll not loose time reading about it while there. There is a coffee shop on site where you might have a snack, but feel free to bring a bottle of water so you can refill it by many of Pompeii streets’ fountains. Bring a hat on sunny days!
SAN FELICE CIRCEO
The historic city center is really nice, with small shops and restaurants, situated on top of the mountain, high above the sea.
In one of San Felices many caves, it was in 1939 found a human skull dated from the Neanderthal era.
The Botanical Garden of Ninfa is truly beautiful and can be visited from April to October. But only on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.
ABBAZIA DI FOSSANOVA
25 minutes by car northeast of Terracina, just before you arrive Priverno, there is a beautiful medieval stone church as well as a monastery. The cobbled courtyard has a small museum, a restaurant and a pleasant coffee shop. Certainly worth a visit.
Sperlonga is situated just south of Terracina. The old town is located on top of the mountain overlooking the sea. It’s painted all white, Greek style, while the mosaic ornaments seem Arabic. Sperlonga has very nice beaches and is great for rock climbing! Be sure to visit Tiberios cave and museum!
It’s possible to visit the volcano, either by car or a tour bus. It’s recommended to wear sneakers or hiking shoes because of the very rocky trail from the parking lot up to the volcano crater. Bring also sunglasses, binoculars and water for the trip.