NETTUNO RM

Nettuno

Sixty-five kilometres from Rome, Nettuno has a multifaceted personality and attracts tourists with its history, art, natural environment, religious sites, sports and local food and wines. Known as Antium in ancient times, the medieval nucleus is defined by cylindrical towers dating from 1300 and is today Nettunoʼs nightlife hub, rising sheer above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Historical palaces can be seen along its narrow streets and on atmospheric squares: the Baronial Palace, symbol of feudal power, and Palazzo Pamphilj dating from 1600. The city emblem is the Neptune Fountain in Piazza Mazzini. The Marina di Nettuno is one of the most important marinas on the coast.
A nature reserve overlooking the sea, Villa Borghese is appealing for its natural environment and its history. In 1900, Gabriele Dannunzio was a guest here.
A striking site is the Sangallo Fortress, built between 1501 and 1503. Today it houses the Museum of the Landing of the Allies and the Antiquarium, which displays archaeological finds and local works of art.
The Astura Tower is a few kilometres from the city. It is a fascinating coastal fortress connected to the land by an arch bridge. A fantastic site immersed in a pine wood through which the River Astura flows. It is the ideal environment for relaxing and going for walks.
Memorial Day is a major holiday in Nettuno. It is celebrated on the last Monday of May. On Memorial Day of 1989, George H. W. Bush visited the U.S. War Cemetery of the fallen during WWII. In 1994, another US president, Bill Clinton, came for the 50th anniversary of the landing of the US troops. Because of the Nettunoʼs strong bond with the US; baseball, scuba diving, golf and sailing are popular sports that also attract tourists.
The city is also a popular destination for religious holidays on account of the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie and Santa Maria Goretti. The medieval Church of San Giovanni Battista and the Church of San Francesco dʼAssisi are also significant. The latter was probably built on the ruins of the temple of the goddess of fortune.
Fried frogs is one of the many local specialities. There is also a famous wine, the Cacchione di Nettuno DOP, a white wine made from Bellone grapes.
Saint Rocco is the patron saint and he is celebrated on 16 August. There is great participation in the celebrations for Saint Anthony Abbot on 17 January. Other interesting events are the Caruso Award in April, the Sports Festival in May and the Wine Festival between October and November.

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