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

The tour is guided, starting at 10.00 a.m., and lasting for two and a half hours.

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

Booking is required. In applying please specify the day you plan to visit, the number of participants and, for organizational purposes, a contact telephone number for the day of your visit.

Entrance Contribution

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

Organized Groups

Groups, composed of a minimum of 20 participants, may visit the Park from October to March, tours are guided and last about two and a half hours. Pre-booking is mandatory. To book, please write to one of the following email addresses:

dmarchetti@frcaetani.it 

or

info@lipulatina.it

Telephone: +39 0773484993

Mobile: +39 3273860129

 

The entrance fee may be paid on arrival or by bank transfer.

Pre-payments by bank transfer are not refundable in the event of a missed visit.
The contributions are per person and include the guide.

Entrance contribution

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

* Accompanied by a parent

Schools

School parties may visit Pantanello on any day of the year. The guided tour lasts about two and a half hours, and is particularly suitable for children as it includes environmental education and birdwatching.

Booking is mandatory and may be done by emailing one or other of the email addresses below. In addition to the date of your proposed visit and the numbers involved, for organizational purposes please provide the telephone number of one or more teachers who will accompany the class on the day of the visit.

Roffredo Caetani Foundation:
dmarchetti@frcaetani.it

LIPU of Latina:
Email: info@lipulatina.it

Entrance contribution

Adult € 5,00 pp.
The Disabled and their carers Free
Parents and supervisors € 8,00 pp.
Three supervisors, needed for every 25 students Free

Groups booking a visit to Pantanello may, on the same day, apply to visit the Caetani Castle at Sermoneta or the Garden of Ninfa, the latter only on days when the Garden is closed to the general public.

No Drone Zone

No Drone Zone

The Pantanello Park is private property, and the flying of drones is strictly prohibited.

Entrance and Visit

  • When applying please specify the numbers in your group, including adults
  • The tour, which is guided, lasts approximately two and a half hours. Visitors are not permitted to stay on in the garden once it is over.
  • Guided tours are guaranteed, even in the event of rain.

Within the Park

  • Lunch or picnics are not permitted
  • It is not permitted to play with balls, or pick plants and flowers
  • Dogs are not allowed.

Information

For information about the Park, please fill in the form, specifying the type of visit that is of interest to you – private guided visit, organised group, schools, or simply a visit for information and research.
A member of our staff will contact you by return.






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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.