Other routes:
  1. The Pontine Islands
  2. Sports
  3. Medieval hill towns
  4. The Domitian’s Villa (I century)
  5. The Villa Fogliano Hamlet
  6. The Forest
  7. The Wetlands
  8. Rome (day-trip)
  9. Pompeii and Herculaneum (day trip)

Caves and Reefs

CirceoCasaMare - Main routes

The promontory of Circeo is surrounded by numerous caves, some of considerable historical and archaeological importance, accessible both by sea and by land.

The Guattari Cave, the most important natural cavities of the place, is known internationally. In fact, a skull, belonging to the species Homo neanderthalensis, was found in 1939 in perfect condition.
For information about your visit, you can contact the proloco San Felice Circeo.

The Goats Cave is located on the southern side of the promontory, which is called "Warm Quarter". The cave is so called because, due to its enormous size, was once used by shepherds as a shelter for the flocks of goats. It is certainly the most known and visited caves after Guattari Cave.
Accessible by sea or by land through a path, is about 35 meters long and 15 to 20 meters high in the middle of the vault. The cavity is filled with sub-caves and tunnels, which the most important starts from the bottom of the cave and penetrates deeply into the mass of the mountain.
For further information on archaeological and geological history, see the link on Wikipedia

A few meters from the Goats Cave there is perhaps the most fascinating cave of the promontory: the Blue Cave. It's an underwater cave where the sea level decreses approaching the bottom of the cave. Here, during the low-tide, a small beach comes out.
The cave is about 30 meters deep, 4 to 6 meters wide, whereas the entrance is quite narrow and barely visible from the sea.

Through a path from the Goats Cave, you can walk up the Hanging Cave. So named because of its characteristic stalactite hanging from the ceiling of the vault that recall a man hanged.

Continuing on the same path you walk towards the Fossellone Cave. This cave gets its name from the large circular opening, clearly visible from the sea, due to the partial collapse of the vault. The cavity consists of a main body and numerous caves. Important from the standpoint of geological and archaeological heritage. In it, in fact in the late 1930, were found numerous stone tools and fossils.
For further details see link on Wikipedia.

Much farther away and accessible only by sea is the Breuil Cave. The Breuil Cave is located at the western end of the promontory of Circeo.
The cave is named after Professor Henri Breuil, one among the scientists who first studied it. Lies in a cove on the south of the steep slope of Circeo Mount called "precipice".
The cave extends from west to east for 35 meters and has, in its central part, a width of 12 meters.
For further information on geological history and archaeological see the link Wikipedia

Other routes:
  1. The Pontine Islands
  2. Sports
  3. Medieval hill towns
  4. The Domitian’s Villa (I century)
  5. The Villa Fogliano Hamlet
  6. The Forest
  7. The Wetlands
  8. Rome (day-trip)
  9. Pompeii and Herculaneum (day trip)