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 Pantanello Park

The idea of re-naturalizing a stretch of the Roffredo Caetani’s famlands, adjacent to the Garden of Ninfa, took root in 1991 and was the brainchild of three conservationists associated with the Foundation: Fulco Pratesi, Honorary President of WWF Italy, and member of the Foundation’s general council, Arturo Osio, former Chairman of the Foundation, and Lauro Marchetti, Director of the Garden.

In an area of some 100 hectares, the project was designed to recreate the conditions that pertained prior to the reclamation of the Pontine marshes in the early 20th century.

The resultant Pantanello Park, with its woods, canals, lakes and marshland, is a unique habitat for migrating birds and wildlife in general. As such it complements the Garden of Ninfa and its historic buildings, bringing back to life the features and landscapes that were once there.

It began with a team of geologists, botanists, zoologists, entomologists and historians carrying out meticulous research on the original environment of the Pontine Marshes.
The Pantanello Park contains six ponds of differing dimensions, each fed by water from the river Nympheus: three of these feature plant life. Another, the Pond of the Amphibians, is a still-water pond without fish. The largest pond is the deepest and it is a habitat for aquatic bird life and for many species of insects. Lastly, there is a pond close to the western perimeter of Ninfa, in which is reflected the wall of the old town.

The Park contains flora and vegetation typical of the area prior to the 20th-century reclamation, much of this based on a study by the botanist Augusto Beguinot (1875–1940).

The Pantanello Park was opened on 15th December 2009.

It is open to the public during the winter season, from October to March, thus avoiding the nesting season. Pantanello lies on one of the main migratory routes, and is suitable for wintering and nesting. Among the species that have flown into the Park are teal, pochard, spoonbills, gadwalls, herons, egrets, lapwings, and birds of prey such as the marsh harrier and the peregrine falcon.
The Pantanello Park performs an educational role, through study programs, environmental monitoring and the study of wetland ecology of often carried out in collaboration with schools and research institutes, national and international.

Visit the Pantanello Park

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

Guided Tours

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

Admission is regulated by a guided tour, departing at 10.00, lasting approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are no other guided tours.
It is possible to book a visit to the Pantanello Park only for groups of a minimum of 20 participants, reservations are required no later than the Thursday before the guided tour.

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 the visit.

Entrance Contribution

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

Organized Groups

Groups, consisting of a minimum of 20 participants, can visit the Pantanello Park from October to March with a guided tour lasting approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, after which it is not possible to stay inside the Park.

Reservation is mandatory.

Roffredo Caetani Foundation:
info@frcaetani.it
For the payment of entrance fees for organized groups, it is possible to pay on the spot or by bank transfer.
We inform you that payment by bank transfer will not be refundable in case of no visit. The contributions are intended per person and include the guide.

Entrance contribution

Groups, subject to a  minimum of 20 pax € 6,00 pp.
Minors under 12-years old € 5,00 pp.

* 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, particularly suitable for school groups as it focuses on environmental education and birdwatching.
Reservations are required by contacting only one of the following offices with which it will be possible to agree on the day, the number of participants and please, for organizational purposes, provide the telephone number of a teacher who will accompany the class on the day of the visit.
Roffredo Caetani Foundation:
info@frcaetani.it
LIPU of Latina:
Email: info@lipulatina.it or latina@lipu.it
Telephone: 0773484993
Mobile: 3273860129

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.

Not permissible in the Park

  • Lunch or picnics.
  • Playing with balls, or picking plants and flowers.
  • Dogs and other pets

Information about the Park

For information about the Park, please fill in the form, specifying the type of visit that is of interest to you – whether a private guided visit, an organised group, a school or simply 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.