The Pantanello Park is the result of a complex and articulated intervention of naturalistic engineering that has allowed the conversion of a farm (in activity until 1995) into a wetland of considerable environmental and conservation value.
The Pantanello Natural Park is located inside the Natural Monument “Giardino di Ninfa”, established by the Lazio Region in 2000 and has a surface of about 100 hectares. The Natural Monument falls entirely within the municipality of Cisterna di Latina (LT). The wetlands, which cover an area of about 12 hectares, consist of ponds, marshes and swampy environments, wet meadows and small streams, and are characterised by different ecological values. The five ponds are between 0.20 and 1.20 metres deep and occupy a total of 11 hectares; three wooded nuclei, clearings and uncultivated land complete the environmental mosaic of the area. More than 100 bird species have been recorded, including the rare Ferruginous Duck, Purple Heron, Short-toed Eagle and Marsh Harrier.
Services and facilities
The Lipu Pantanello Oasis is equipped with a Visitor Centre with a projection room, a nature trail with educational panels and some bird observation huts that are also accessible to the disabled. Various events are organised throughout the year: the release of birds of prey, study and work camps, and night-time outings to listen to bird songs.
Invitation to visit
The Oasis is open to the public from October to March every Sunday with a guided tour at 10 a.m. It is however possible to visit the Oasis every day by booking in advance by contacting Lipu Latina at firstname.lastname@example.org. School visits take place from October to May, always with prior booking.
To visit in the area
The garden of Ninfa and the abbey of Valvisciolo with its beautiful cloister are worth more than just a visit, as are the historic centre and the Caetani Castle in Sermoneta. About 25 kilometres away, the Cistercian Abbey of Fossanova and the medieval village of the same name with the House of St Thomas Aquinas complete an incredible historical-religious itinerary.
Location: The Oasis is located in the municipality of Cisterna di Latina (LT), inside the Natural Monument Giardino di Ninfa.
Natural Park of Pantanello
Doganella di Ninfa – Via Ninfina,66
Cisterna di Latina (LT)
How to get there: From Rome: take the Pontina Regional Road (SR148) towards Latina, exit at Borgo Sabotino / Lido di Latina and continue towards Cisterna. Pass the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, go straight on following the signs for Via Appia (SS7) cross the Via Appia and go straight on following the signs for Ninfa, Norma, Bassiano, go straight on, pass the roundabout of Doganella di Ninfa and follow the signs for Ninfa. After about 3 km on the right side there is the entrance and the car park of the Parco Naturale Pantanello.
From Naples: take the A1 motorway, exit at Frosinone and follow the signs for Latina (SR156 – Via dei Monti Lepini), go straight on until you cross the Via Appia (SS7). Turn right in the direction of Rome and continue straight on for about 18 km, passing two crossroads with traffic lights and a roundabout at 57.6 km turn right following the signs for Ninfa, Norma, Bassiano straight on, pass the roundabout at Doganella di Ninfa and follow the signs for Ninfa. After about 3 km on the right hand side is the entrance and car park of the Pantanello Nature Park.
Surface area: 100 hectares
Telephone/Fax: 0773 484993