Sperlonga Travel Guide what to do and see

Sperlonga what to do and see

One of the most beautiful maritime villages in Italy

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Type of attraction
Architectural / Natural

Typical product
Fish soups

Sperlonga is certainly one of the most renowned villages of the Province of Latina just 1 hour away from Rome. Its white beaches and crystal clear water have given it the merit to be in the top 10 beaches near Rome to see.

The historic center of the village (named as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy), situated on a spur of rock that extends towards the sea, and the archaeological sites of national importance, make it a destination not to be missed.

Furthermore the proximity to Rome and Naples, make this village definitely a must in the province of Latina. But let's see together what to see and what to do in Sperlonga.

Sperlonga what to see

The historic center of Sperlonga

The historic center of Sperlonga is characterized by small colorful alleys buildings with well-preserved religious, civil and military architecture, which make it perfect for a walk to discover its secrets. Among the various buildings it is certainly worth mentioning the church of Santa Maria and the Palazzo Sabella which in 1379 hosted the antipope Clement VII.

The four towers

Built in the Middle Ages to defend themselves against sea attacks, they are today one of the most visited tourist destinations. The Central Tower (or Maggiore) of which only a part survives and its profile is represented in the coat of arms of the Municipality. The Truglia Tower (the one in the picture), built in 1532 on the foundations of an existing Roman sighting tower, was restored several times and from 1870 to 1969 was used as the headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza. Currently it is the Education Center of the marine environment of the Regional Natural Park "Riviera d'Ulisse". Then there are the Torre del Nibbio and the Torre di Capovento. The latter is located about 3 km from Sperlonga and was built in 1532 on a rock spur overlooking the sea.

National Archaeological Museum and Grotte and Villa di Tiberio Archaeological Area

The origin of the name Sperlonga derives from the Latin speluncae (caves), since in the coastal area there are numerous caves that in the past were adapted by the Romans to places where they lived and stayed. And it is precisely one of these caves that made the village of Sperlonga famous, in fact, there is an important Archaeological Area, the villa of the Roman emperor Tiberius, in which there is also a natural cave already known to archaeologists in 1908 and renamed Grotta di Tiberius.
The cave includes a main cavity, preceded by a large rectangular pool (peschiera) with sea water, in the center of which an artificial island was built that housed the summer caenatio (dining room). The villa instead consisted of multiple buildings with terraces facing the sea. The actual villa retains a series of rooms around a porticoed courtyard, including service rooms, restored several times, a furnace and an oven for baking bread.


Inside the archaeological area we also find the National Archaeological Museum of Sperlonga. Opened in 1963 after the discovery of a series of archaeological remains, today it contains all the Roman remains of the territory and thanks to the quality of the sculptures (maximum Hellenistic expression) makes it a museum of high importance at national level and not only.

The museum is open every day from 08.30 to 19.30 at a cost of € 5 the full ticket and € 2.50 the reduced ticket.

Lovers of walks can reach this museum on foot or by bicycle from the historic center of Sperlonga thanks to a comfortable path, which runs along the Flacca, a few kilometers or even from the beach.

Regional Park of the Ulysses Riviera

The park extends along the coast of the Gulf of Gaeta and includes the territories of the protected areas of the municipalities of Gaeta, Formia, Minturno and Sperlonga. Inside you can visit not only the archaeological museum and the villa of Emperor Tiberius in Sperlonga, but also the route of the ancient Via Flacca. Finally, the stretch of sea in front of the villa and the promontory is conceded to the WWF for the creation of the OASIS BLU (protected marine area) where important educational and recreational activities are held, such as: scuba diving, snorkelling, sea-watching, trails nature, study and research school fields, excursions along the coast, educational activities for schools.

Sperlonga what to do


As we mentioned in the beginning, Sperlonga is characterized by several beaches let's discover it together.
Spiaggia dell'angolo characterized by a golden beach, famous for including the cave of Tiberius. Easily accessible by going down the staircase that goes from the village to the port and through the various establishments that lead to the Grotta di Tiberio.
Then there are the beaches of Canzatora, Fontana, Bonifica and Salette characterized by  fine sand and clear waters generally frequented by families and locals. After the Ciannito promontory, there is the coast of Bazzano which ends with the Bambole beach, on which the homonymous cave opens.

Discover here the ranking of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the Province of Latina


Free Climbing in Sperlonga

Surely one of the things to do in Sperlonga is free climbing, in fact along the Via Flacca in the stretch that joins Sperlonga and Gaeta you can find many well-known walls both in Italy and abroad. Thanks first of all to the climatic conditions favorable and the magnificent landscape that surrounds them. Among these we find the invisible Castle; the Paretone del Chiromante; the Avancorpo di Destra, the Avancorpo di Sinistra, the Palestra del Pueblo, with the possibility of climbing even on rainy days; la Boca de Cielo; the Arenauta Beach with the two sectors L'Approdo dei Proci and the Grotta dell'Arenauta; the limestone cliffs, for lovers of overhangs.

Boat trips in Sperlonga

One of the activities you can do in Sperlonga is boat trips, in fact there are several points that can only be reached by boat that are worth a visit. You can find all the information in the port of Sperlonga.

Sperlonga what to eat

Typical products in Sperlonga


Among ancient recipes of fishermen and farmers the gastronomy of Sperlonga is certainly one of the richest in the Province of Latina. A cuisine based on simplicity and mainly sea ingredients, among the typical products we find:

Soups of sardines, of fish with sponges, of beans, marinade.

The dolls with cuttlefish sauce

Linguine with anchovies

Sardines with vinegar and bay leaves


Sperlonga how to get there

How to get to Sperlonga by train?

To get to Sperlonga by train (Rome-Naples FS line) you have to get off at Fondi station. From Fondi a bus leaves for Sperlonga every time the trains arrive.

How to get to Sperlonga from Naples?

To get to Sperlonga from Naples there are two options

  • for those who prefer the highway, you can use the Roma-Napoli highway, the nearest exit to Sperlonga is in Cassino.
  • Otherwise you can arrive with the SS7 Appia up to Formia and from there continue up to Sperlonga
    Sperlonga is located 114 km from Naples.

How to get to Sperlonga from Rome?

To get to Sperlonga from Rome go along via Pontina (up to Terracina) and then continue along via Flacca.

Sperlonga is located 116 km from Rome.

Sperlonga where to stay

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