Pantanello Park

A walk in the Pontine marshes

The Pantanello Natural Park, which extends for a hundred hectares outside the walls of the Garden of Ninfa, is an example of reconstitution of the original environment of the Pontine Marshes

The Pontine Swamp Park

The idea of re-naturalizing the farm land of the Caetani Foundation adjacent to the Garden of Ninfa, was born by chance in 1991 during a walk.

The Roffredo Caetani Foundation has carried out a re-naturalization work on an area of about one hundred hectares previously destined to agricultural crops, recreating the humid environments that characterized the Pontine Plain.

On an early summer day in 1991, Fulco Pratesi, Honorary President of WWF Italy, Arturo Osio, then President of the Caetani Foundation, and Lauro Marchetti, Director of the Garden of Ninfa, took a walk outside the walls of Ninfa. In front of their eyes an anonymous field of alfalfa, with few trees, and distant birdsong.

Fulco Pratesi asked: “What was here before?”, “Swamps for much of the year and lots of greenery, we have photos and prints of the era” answered Lauro Marchetti. The eyes of Fulco Pratesi and Arturo Osio opened wide, Fulco Pratesi said enthusiastically: “We want to be a little crazy? We recreate the swamp! “.

The idea was to give back to the wild nature an area strongly transformed by man to create a continuum with the Garden of Ninfa, so that, once the swamp was reborn, the dead city of Ninfa, would return to appear, as it was in the past on an expanse of marshes and woods.

A team of geologists, botanists, zoologists, entomologists and historians had conducted a careful study to recreate the original environment of the Pontine Marshes.

The Pantanello Park is characterized by six marsh ponds, different for depth and extension, fed by the waters of the river Ninf: three ponds of plant life, the pond of amphibians with still waters without fish, the pond of birds with deep water for aquatic birdlife and seasonal marshy meadows, habitats of numerous species of insects, and the pond on whose waters reflect the walls of Ninfa.

In the park has been reintroduced the local flora of the area thanks to the precious study conducted by the botanist Augusto Beguinot (1875-1940) who described in detail the vegetation of the Pontine Marshes before the last reclamation of the 20th century.

The Pantanello Park was opened the 15th December 2009.

It is open to the public during the winter season, from October to March, so as not to disturb the reproduction of the birds; Pantanello is in fact on one of the main routes of migratory birds and is a suitable place for a rest stop, for wintering and also for the nesting of some species.

There have been recorded arrivals of wild ducks such as Teals, Spoonbills, Moriglioni, Canapiglie, and then Aironi, Garzette, Martin fishermen, Pavoncelle, and some rare species, such as the Moretta Tabaccata, and some species of birds of prey, such as the marsh harrier and the Peregrine falcon.

The Pantanello Park is also intended to perform a scientific-educational function through study programs and environmental monitoring and study of the ecology of wetlands to be carried out in collaboration with schools and research institutes, national and international.

Visit the Pantanello Park

The Pantanello Park can be visited from October to March.
Organized groups and schools can visit the park throughout the year
by booking a guided tour.

Guided Tours

Admission is subject to a guided tour, starting at 10.00 a.m., and last 2h and 30 minutes.

The Pantanello Park is open to the public every Sunday from October to March.

Booking required. In the request specify the day, the number of participants and please, for organizational purposes, provide a telephone number that can also be contacted on the day of visit.

Entrance Contribution

Adult € 6,00
Minors under 12 years old
Accompanied by a Parent, not valid for groups
Free

Organized Groups

The groups, composed of a minimum of 20 participants, can visit, from October to March, Pantanello with a guided tour that last about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Reservation is mandatory. Please write to one of the following addresses:

dmarchetti@frcaetani.it 

or

info@lipulatina.it

Telephone: +39 0773484993

Mobile: +39 3273860129

 

The entrance fee can be paid on the spot or by bank transfer.

We inform you that the payment by bank transfer will not be refundable in case of missed visit.
The contributions are per person and include the guide.

Entrance contribution

Groups minimum 20 pax € 6,00 p.p.
Minors under 12 years old € 5,00 p.p.

* Accompanied by a parent

Schools

School groups can visit Pantanello any day of the year. The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes and is particularly suitable for schoolchildren as the tour focuses on environmental education and birdwatching.

Booking is mandatory by contacting only one of the following offices with which it will be possible to arrange the day, the number of participants and, for organizational purposes, please provide the telephone number of a teacher who will accompany the class on the day of the visit.

Roffredo Caetani Foundation:
dmarchetti@frcaetani.it

LIPU of Latina:
Email: info@lipulatina.it
Telephone: +39 0773484993
Mobile: +39 3273860129

Entrance contribution

Adult € 5,00 p.p.
Alunni diversamente abili ed accompagnatore Gratuito
Parents accompagnatori € 8,00
3 accompagnatori ogni 25 alunni Gratuito

Groups that would like to book a visita to Pantanello in the same day could also visit the castle Caetani in Sermoneta or the garden of Ninfa, the latter only on dates other than official openings.

No Drone Zone

No Drone ZoneLa Fondazione Roffredo Caetani informa che è vietato inviare droni su tutto il Parco Naturale Pantanello per questioni di riservatezza e di proprietà privata.

Ingresso e Visita

  • specificare il numero dei partecipanti, adulti compresi, al momento della prenotazione
  • la visita guidata dura due ore e mezza circa e al suo termine non è possibile trattenersi nel Parco
  • le visite guidate sono garantite anche in caso di pioggia

Nel Parco

  • All’interno del Giardino non è possibile pranzare al sacco o fare un pic-nic
  • all’interno del Parco è vietato portare palloni, raccogliere fiori o piante
  • siamo spiacenti, ma i cani non sono ammessi.

Informazioni sul Parco

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Parco Pantanello

Doganella di Ninfa
Via Provinciale Ninfina, 66
04012
Cisterna di Latina (LT)
ITALIA

The Pantanello Park has a large parking space for cars, coaches and campers.