Latina was founded on 30 June 1932 by the will of the Fascist regime, which wanted to erect the town as a symbol of the passage from the ancient concept of an agricultural village to that of a city. For this Latina is defined by many as the city of the twentieth century, and is characterized by a high presence of historical evidence definable as "modern". But, if this is not enough, know that a few steps away there are medieval villages, beaches and dreamy green parks.
- 10 things to see in Latina in a weekend
- What to see in Latina in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Latina: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Latina
- Plan your stay in Latina: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Latina in a weekend
1 - Piazza del Quadrato
Among all Piazza del Quadrato is certainly the symbol of the fascist project, of the transition from a rural village to a modern city. Underlining it are the statues, depicting agricultural themes, the fountain in the center of the square, which represents the swamp freed from the waters and the building housing the former National Combatants Opera, today Pontine Land Museum. The Museum, divided into five sections, traces the whole history of the twentieth century, starting from the pre-reclamation of the Agro Pontino up to its anthropization.
- walk from the center through Viale Italia, for five hundred meters in 5 minutes - Get directions
- The square is always accessible. The museum Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30, Wednesday and Friday from 15:00 to 18:30, Sunday by reservation only. Monday closed
2 - Piazzale dei Bonificatori and Palazzo delle Poste
Designed in 1932 by the architect and engineer Angiolo Mazzoni, one of the greatest exponents of Futurism, the Palazzo delle Poste was then inaugurated together with the city (at the time called Littoria) on 18 December 1932 in the presence of Benito Mussolini: Marinetti also spoke about the building in the Gazzetta del Popolo. When in 1934 Littoria was promoted to the provincial capital, the postal building underwent changes, again by Mazzoni, followed by further changes over the years, due to the increase in the amount of work.
Today the building has a "modern" look, but it is still possible to admire the original structure. Furthermore, in the middle of Piazzale dei Bonificatori there is a column with the bronze lion, donated by the city of Venice.
- the square and the palace are located in the center, close to other attractions including Piazza del Popolo - Get directions
- 8:20 am to 19:15 pm, closed on Sundays
3 - Piazza del Popolo and the Town Hall
Piazza del Popolo is one of the two main squares of Latina, around which the center has developed. The square is home to some of the most interesting architectural constructions in the area, including Il Town Hall, an example of rationalist architecture. Its facade is characterized by a long portico, with the 32-meter Civic Tower, clock and bell in the center. The Tower is one of the symbols of the city and also appears in the coat of arms.
Inside the palace there is a large garden, which houses Elisabetta Majo's "Dafne", while in the center of the square we find the fountain with the travertine sphere placed in 1939.
- on foot. It is located in the center within a large green area - Get directions
- the Town Hall is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12.00, Tuesday and Thursday from 15:00 to 16:30
4 - Piazza della Libertà and the Government Palace
On Piazza della Libertà, the second most important in the city, we find the Government Palace: designed by Oriolo Frezzotti, it is an austere building on three floors, made with the help of traditional materials of the 30s, namely travertine, a Roman plinth and some gray bardiglio inserts. The interior is embellished with porphyry and green marble from the Alps, and on the outside there are inscriptions with texts by Pliny the Elder and Mussolini, coats of arms, allegorical sculptures; along the balcony, finally, a green marble frieze by Francesco Barbieri. Inside, precisely in the Sala della Consulta overlooking this balcony, the pictorial cycle of D. Cambellotti "La Conquista della Terra" is preserved.
In the center of Piazza della Libertà there is a characteristic fountain, which receives water from two bundles of ears of wheat, the undisputed symbol of Fascism.
- 3 minutes on foot, about 270 meters from the center along via Armando Diaz - Get directions
- open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday 09:00 - 11:30, Thursday 15:00 - 17:00. Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday
5 - Cathedral of San Marco
The construction of the church began in 1932, the year the city was inaugurated, and was completed the following year, with the intention of making it the religious and educational center of all of Latina. In 1986 the church was then elected as the cathedral of the new diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezza-Piverno.
The interior nave of the cathedral is covered with exposed wooden trusses and yellow marble. The chapels are communicating with each other through a series of naves. The first chapel on the left houses the original baptismal font, while the fourth on the right is characterized by an extensive marble decoration that forms the background of the altar, also in marble, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the bell tower of the cathedral there is a copy of the Madonnina of the Milan Cathedral, donated in 1933 by the Automobile Club of Milan.
- is located near Piazza San Marco, 400 meters walk from the center along Corso della Repubblica, the city's shopping street - Get directions
- every day from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00
6 - Museum dedicated to Duilio Cambellotti
The museum dedicated to Dulio Cambellotti was inaugurated in 2005 inside the former Opera Nazionale Balilla in Piazza San Marco, thanks to the donations of the sons of the great Roman sculptor, set designer and illustrator.
The Latina exhibition is the most important documentation on the artist, and is divided into several rooms: in the large central hall there are the original preparatory cartoons for The Redemption of the Agro (1934), the pictorial cycle made in tempera, "draft" of the one that decorates the Government Palace of Latina, and many other works. The thematic rooms, on the other hand, house the numerous sketches born from Cambellotti's sculptural activity: among these, the preparatory study for the War Memorial of Priverno, Terracina (1919) and Borgo Hermada (1959).
- the museum is located near Piazza San Marco, 400 meters walk from Corso della Repubblica - Get directions
- Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 15:00 to 19:00, Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 from 15:00 to 19:00
7 - Palazzo M
The former Casa del Fascio owes its name to its particular shape: seen from above it is a huge M, which symbolizes the surname of the Duce Mussolini. The building, completed in 1942, was part of a more ambitious project, which also included the presence of a Forum by Mussolini, a gymnasium and a barracks never built following the events of the Second World War. During the war the central tower was also compromised, the main feature of which lay in the use of materials, which took up the colors of the Italian flag, complete with an eagle placed on its top.
The monumental building extends for three blocks, and has its main entrance on Corso della Repubblica, where you can also admire a splendid garden.
Currently the headquarters of the Provincial Command of Latina are located in Palazzo M, in addition to the Nucleo PT and the Compagnia della Guardia di Finanza.
- on foot, along the 500 meters of Corso della Repubblica that separate it from the center - Get directions
- visible only externally
8 - Lake of Fogliano
The irregular water regime made it impossible, until the twentieth century, to define exactly the perimeter of the banks. This was possible following the reclamation of the Pontine countryside by the Opera Nazionale Combattenti, which stemmed it by giving it a definitive configuration.
Since 1978 the lake has been part of the protected territory of the Circeo National Park and, in the area, a series of scrapers, arrowheads, and other traces of the presence of man have been found starting from prehistoric times. Aquatic animals live in the lake, including some free swans. Around the perimeter of the lake there is a beaten path that can be traveled on foot or by bicycle. It is also a great spot for bird watching. Near the lake it is also possible to visit the ancient fishing village.
- by car. The area is located within the Circeo National Park which is 12,2 km away - Get directions
- always accessible
9 - Museum of Piana delle Orme
The Piana delle Orme Museum is located in the Borgo Faiti area, and is a private exhibition dedicated to the 900s. This is articulated in fifteen pavilions that trace the last 70 years of Italian history, with particular attention to the reclamation of the Pontine countryside.
Inside the museum it will be possible to admire several specimens of helicopters, tanks and planes, of real size and with original pieces, as well as the scale reconstruction of various battles.
- in the car. The museum is 12,3km from the city center, walkable in 19 minutes - Get directions
- November, February and March from 9:00 to 16:00, before holidays and holidays from 9:00 to 17:00; December and January from 9:00 to 14:00, holidays from 9:00 to 16:00; from April to October from 9:00 to 18:00, before holidays and holidays from 9:00 to 18:30
- Full € 13,00, reduced € 11,00 (over 65), Junior € 9,50 (children aged 6 to 14)
10 - The coast of Latina
You cannot go to Latina without visiting its renowned promenade, which goes from Sabotino to the "bufalara" beach, characterized by coasts and stretches of sea of all kinds (bathing establishments, gravel beaches, ...) able to please everyone.
There are also many places to eat or spend an evening with the children, especially in the stretch between Sabotino and Capo Portiere.
- in the car. The coast is 9,6 km from the center of Latina, which can be reached in 19 minutes by car - Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Latina in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning: breakfast at the Sezzi Bar, then move to Piazza del Quadrato, which is about 4 minutes away, and is the symbol of the fascist project, as underlined by the numerous statues and the fountain there. Inside the building that houses the former National Combatants Opera, there is the Museo della Terra Pontina, which traces the entire history of the twentieth century, starting from the pre-reclamation of the Agro Pontino up to its anthropization.
Once the visit to the museum is over, you can move towards the Palazzo delle Poste, an architectural symbol of futurism.
Afternoon: lunch at the NAD Caffè Bistrot, which is only a minute away, before heading towards the monumental Palazzo del Comune di Latina. Characterized by the presence of the Tower, the facade of the Palace is the symbol of the city of Latina, also present on the flag.
Reaching the Cathedral of San Marco, the next stop on the visit, takes only 6 minutes on foot (450 meters), along the famous Corso della Repubblica, the shopping street. The Cathedral, built a year after the city, preserves a series of statues of immense value and a copy of the Madonnina del Duomo di Milano, donated in 1933 by the Automobile Club of Milan.
The Latina day tour has its last stop at the colossal Palazzo M, which owes its name to its particular shape of "M", which stands for Mussoluni. The gigantic building extends for three blocks, and cannot be visited inside, as it houses the headquarters of the Provincial Command of Latina, as well as the Nucleo PT and the Compagnia della Guardia di Finanza.
Sera: dinner at Pizzeria Gia Sai, about 3 minutes away.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Bar Sezzi, via Emanule Filiberto, 9 - Get directions
- Square of the Square: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Pontine Land Museum: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30, Wednesday and Friday from 15:00 to 18:30, Sunday by reservation only. Closed Monday - ticket price: free
- Post office building: from 8:20 to 19:15 closed on Sundays - ticket price: free
- Lunch at NAD Caffè Bistrot, Piazza del Popolo, 18 - Get directions
- Town Hall: from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:00, Tuesday and Thursday from 15:00 to 16:30 - ticket price: free
- Cathedral of San Marco: every day from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Palazzo M - not open to visitors inside
- Price at Pizzeria Gia Sai, via don Diovanni Minzoni 29/31 - Get directions
Where to eat in Latina: the best restaurants
- Already Sai Restaurant Pizzeria: Neapolitan pizzerias and Mediterranean cuisine
Average price per person: € 15,00 - € 25,00
Address and contacts: via Don Giovanni Minzoni 29/31 (Get directions) / tel: 0773404078
- Nad Café and Bistrot: bistro specializing in brunch, breakfast, drinks, lunches and dinners
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: Piazza del Popolo, 18 (Get directions) / tel: 07731761480
- Marechiaro restaurant: fish-based cuisine, typical Italian cuisine or pizza
Average price per person: € 20,00 - € 36,00
Address and contacts: strada Lungomare 2458 (Get directions) / tel: 0773273223
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Latina
The nightclubs in Latina are scattered throughout the city, so it is almost impossible to be able to indicate a precise area. In general, it is possible to find a greater concentration of bars and a few pubs on Corso della Repubblica, while for discos you have to move a little further out of town, towards Via Pontina.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Irish Pub Doolin: classic Irish pub with live music
Address: via Adua 10,12,14 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Neghelli Eleven: place specializing in drinks and beers, with live music and DJ sets
Address: via Neghelli, 11 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Navel disco: cult disco of the place
Address: via Fedele Albanese, 66 (Get directions) / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Latina: info and useful tips
- by car via the SS 148 Pontina; by plane the closest airports are the Roman airports of Fiumicino (78 km) and Ciampino (71 km), from here you can reach Latina by train from the Roma Termini station (Flights to Rome from € 37,00)
- Getting around: in the city it is recommended to move around on foot
- Where to park: in Latina there are numerous paid parking lots. Near via Montenero there is a large free car park, which is about 9 minutes on foot from the center - Get directions
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 37,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: near Latina it is possible to visit the Gardens of Ninfa, a park built on the ruins of the city of the same name (Get directions); Ancient Norba, a Roman city built on a plateau (Get directions) and of course the Circeo National Park with its incredible beauties (Get directions). Rome is just 63 km away (Get directions)