The protected area entirely lies in the Municipality of Sperlonga, which was already known at Roman times for its fascinating natural heritage. In order to better safeguard and enhance the natural environment and its archaeological features, with the regional law no. 503/2002 of 25/11/2002 the whole area between the promontory of Villa di Tiberio and Punta Cetarola has been declared "protected area". At the moment, the latter covers 115 hectares (82 of land and 33 of marine area) and runs along the stretch of coast going from the famous Villa di Tiberio to the border with the Municipalities of Itri and Gaeta, on the cliffs of Punta Cetarola. Also the stretch of sea in front of the coast, crossed by the Natural Monument, is subject to protection: for this reason, this is one of the coastal parks which best safeguard the marine environment. The name "Sperlonga" refers to the presence of several caves and cavities situated along the coast and whose ancient name was "speluncae". Among the other things, they have preserved prehistoric evidences. These caves, also mentioned by Strabone and Pliny, are the demonstration of how the territory of Sperlonga was already known and appreciated in ancient times.
Province: Latina Region: Lazio