Nettuno is a lovely, fun town on the coast of Latium just outside of Rome. It’s full of restaurants and pubs which are located both in the marina and the seafront, but also throughout the center and especially in the medieval village.
Perhaps the latter is one the most important attractions, especially during the evening when the smell of Mediterranean dishes comes from the numerous restaurants located in the area. There is a bookshop for enthusiastic readers, ice cream parlors, and frozen yogurt shops to refresh the palate while strolling through town.
There are two main staircases that lead from the village to the harbor. One of these departs from the main square, while the other is located next to the beautifully illuminated Old Fountain (Fontana Vecchia). Tours of the underground aqueduct are available.
The marina, dominated by the Coast Guard building, is home to dozens and dozens of boats – from motorboats, sailing boats to the most luxurious yachts – lined up along the moorings. Together they give you an architectural vision of the area, with the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Grace and Santa Maria Goretti and the monumental Hotel Scacciapensieri in the background.
Nettuno comes alive especially during the summer months when holidaymakers and locals can enjoy events organized by the local cultural associations. Whether it’s enjoying fireworks on the seashore, shopping at the outdoor markets, or seeing the procession of the statue of the Our Lady on the sea on the 15th of August, it’s all beautiful.
Seaside tourism is the main form of tourism here, but people also visit Nettuno for its sanctuaries and the American War Cemetery.
The castle, known as Forte Sangallo, was built between 1501 and 1503 by Antonio da Sangallo for Cesare Borgia for defensive purposes. Inside you can find the Museo dello Sbarco and the Antiquarium Museum with a paleontological and Roman section, open and visitable according to the calendar established by the Municipality. This site also hosts cultural and artistic events.
In front of Forte Sangallo, there’s a 13th-century church dedicated to Saint Francis which was constructed on a previous ancient Roman structure. Inside, you’ll find a painting by Andrea Sacchi dating back to 1624.
You won’t be far from the green countryside because just outside the center of Nettuno lies Lake Granieri. You can also explore the Foglino woods or visit the beach of Torre Astura, which offers spectacular views at sunset with its tower built around 1200. The tower has been passed down among noble families such as Caetani, Colonna and Orsini.
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