Sperlonga

We visited the delightfully pretty coastal town of Sperlonga recently, and after a whole year of being in Italy this long-anticipated visit was captivating.

Sperlonga sits atop a little hill on the coast just north of Gaeta and halfway between Naples to the south and Rome to the North. It really is pretty, with white washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fine views out to sea, to the north and to the south along the golden and spotlessly clean sandy beaches. And not forgetting the fine view of the hills behind the town and which lead to the stunning landscapes of the  Parco Naturale dei Monti Aurunci.

The area is also steeped in history as Romans favoured this coastline for their summer villas and Ulysses is noted to have landed here in order that his crew obtained fresh water.

We are looking forward to returning before the summer crowds swarm the beaches. The winter tranquility and cool fresh sea air were a real ‘pick-me-up’ during our visit.

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