Lago di Paola e Monte Circeo a Sabaudia - foto Gioielleria De Vitis

❝Sabaudia, this rational-style city, does not speak to reason but to the imagination… it reminds me of Africa, for me the most beautiful thing in the world❞

Alberto Moravia

 

❝I chose Sabaudia as a spiritual place for my forced rest and my anxieties about future jobs, furious dreams that keep me anchored to the world. Here we are in front of the structure, the shape, the profile of a city immersed in a kind of lagoon light, even though there is a wonderful Mediterranean scrub around it.
How much we intellectuals laughed at the architecture of the regime, at cities like Sabaudia… Yet now we find this city absolutely unexpected…❞

Pier Paolo Pasolini

The sixteenth-century Torre Paola at sunset

It’s true, we are a jeweler. The oldest in Sabaudia.
But we have always been very attached to our city, always attentive to our territory and the context in which we are inserted. For this we wanted to dedicate a space on our site to the Pontine city and its vast territory, so full of charm. Just a small starting point for those who, visiting Sabaudia, feel the need to discover something more than its often hidden beauties.

 

In many territories they know that Sabaudia is one of the youngest cities in Italy, but few know that theirs is actually very ancient. The Grotta Guattàri is very famous, in front of the sea and at the foot of Monte del Circeo, where an extraordinary skull dating back to about 51,000 years ago was found.

 

The presence of the ancient Romans is also important, as evidenced in particular by the grandiose villa overlooking Lake Paola built by the Emperor Domitian. Then there is the port-canal that connects Lake Paola to the sea, designed by Nerone just behind the fascinating and sixteenth-century Torre Paola. Not far away are the sources of Lucullus and the beautiful little church of Santa Maria della Sorresca, built in the 6th century AD. on the remains of a Roman villa from the 1st century AD

 

This is the cultural and historical background of a territory rich in culture. It will then be thanks to the four exponent architects of the Movement Italian for Rational Architecture, Gino Cancellotti, Eugenio Montuori, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli, that the city of Sabaudia will take shape in the early 1930s, assuming its current shape and making Sabaudia one of the most emblematic cities of Rationalist Architecture.

 

The fulcrum of this rational conception around which the entire city was built is Piazza del Popolo, today Piazza del Comune, in the center of which the De Vitis Jewelery will also settle a few years later.

The Civic Tower of the town hall stands out against the sky, which symbolically contrasts, even in height, with the nearby Bell Tower of the Church of SS. Annunziata with the large mosaic on the facade by Ferruccio Ferrazzi and inside the Royal Chapel donated by Queen Elena.

La città-giardino di Sabaudia nella sua Fondazione

Church of SS. Annunziata seen from the Torre Civica

Palazzo Mazzoni | former post office building

Certainly one of the most fascinating and famous buildings, distinguished by the iconic blue colored tiles of the Savoy family, is undoubtedly Palazzo Mazzoni, once the post office and today the Municipal Library.

Nature dominates, luxuriant and powerful, the frame of what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. An environment so unique and unusual that it appears almost exotic to the eyes of the visitor: ❝it looks like Africa❞, wrote Moravia, not by chance.

In this sense, a central role belongs to the Circeo National Park: its immense forest; the wonderful dunes that face the sea for many kilometers; coastal lakes and wetlands – among the most important in the world for the number of species hosted.

Monte Circeo rises majestically over the whole landscape with its characteristic profile which according to tradition takes on the appearance of the sorceress Circe described in Homer’s Odyssey. And then the Islands, real pearls set in the heart of the Mediterranean (watch video).

veduta aerea di Sabaudia delle dune del mare e del Circeo - foto Latium Experience sito

We have dedicated this page to all the people who want to discover our city and its marvelous territory: a digital place where citizens and tourists can find valuable information: from ancient and recent history to rationalist architecture, from the luxuriant nature of the Park National of Circeo arriving at the sea, crossing Lake Paola and the iconic dunes; and then the typical local products, gastronomy, museums and places to visit, all accompanied by maps, itineraries and directions for staying, eating and having fun; a very useful tool indeed. A splendid guide, created by the Pro Loco of Sabaudia, which we make available to the user in digital format on this site, so that it can always be carried with them by those who choose to discover the city that even Moravia and Pasolini had chosen as their home .

 

The SABAUDIA DOVE Guide can be downloaded CLICKING HERE.

Note: the file is a bit heavy (16MB) so you have to wait a few seconds for loading, which will not be immediate since it is a 100-page guide.

Aerial view of the church of Santa Maria della Sorresca overlooking Lake of Paola, with Monte Circeo in the background.

Pink flamingos in the lagoon areas of Sabaudia and the Circeo National Park

The basements of the Villa of Domitian in the Lake of Paola

Piazza del Comune and the Torre Civica, emblems of rationalist architecture

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