Circeo National Park is an Italian national park founded in 1934. It occupies a strip of coastal land from Anzio to Terracina, including also a sector of forest in the mainland of San Felice Circeo, and the island of Zannone.
The park was established by order of Benito Mussolini, under advice from Senator Raffaele Bastianelli, to preserve the last remains of the Pontine Marshes which were being reclaimed in that period. It is the only national park in Italy to occupy only a plain and coastal area.
The easiest way to get there is to go from Rome. There are plenty of international flights going to Rome from all major European cities. From here you can catch public transport or go by car. The drive to the national park is approximately 1 hour from Rome.
When to visit
The national park is great to visit all year round. It's located very close to Rome and this makes it perfect for day trips. You can even go during winter.
Map of Circeo National Park
Image gallery of Circeo National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Circeo National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Mushroom hunting in Circeo National Park
Italy has plenty of options for foraging good mushrooms. This is not one of the best national parks for this as it lacks forests. Some of the best areas for mushroom hunting is the northern part of Italy.
Camping rules in Circeo National Park
Wild camping is generally prohibited in Italy and you can receive large fines for staying without a permit. You should therefore stick to designated camping areas. This also goes for the national park.