S. FELICE CIRCEO (ITALY): A JOURNEY IN THE HISTORY BETWEEN NEANDERTHAL AND THE MYTH OF ULYSSES AND CIRCE

San Felice is the pearl set in the Circeo National Park (Latina), a place of absolute beauty in terms of biodiversity. Protected in a wall, it stands on a natural platform overlooking the spectacular bay of the Golfo Sereno. It has an ancient history that unravels from the Neanderthal era, then a Roman colony, a possession of the Templars Knights, a fief of the powerful Caetani and a papal stronghold.

But the mind goes to the myth of Ulysses and the terrible Circe: their stories had here the natural theater, staged by the story of Homer in the Odyssey. In short, here we meet history. And a beautiful and ancient land. A surprising discovery came a few months ago from a research carried out by the Archaeological Superintendence of Frosinone and Latina in collaboration with the University of Tor Vergata. Fossil remains attributable to “9 individuals of Neanderthals” have been discovered.

San Felice Circeo is not only the town in the center of the National Park or the protagonist of Homer’s legendary tale in the Odyssey dedicated to Circe, but also a charming old town that deserves to be visited, perhaps at dusk, when streets and squares are are preparing to welcome guests of restaurants and bars.

Taking a stroll in the historic center of San Felice Circeo is a kind of journey through time. The ancient city walls are overcome through the entrance to the town hall square, with the recently restored tower, or by a staircase through the ancient convent complex. Then, here is the network of squares and alleys, with shops for shopping. It is mandatory to stop in the Parco di Vigna la Corte which offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the beaches of the Golfo Sereno: you can see the Pontine Islands. Spectacular landscape that enchanted Ulysses. With good reason.

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