Latina is situated on Italy’s stunning western coast and is the capital of the Pontine Marshes area. Trains to Latina arrive into Latina train station from several of Italy’s most well-known cultural destinations. For example, travelling from Rome by train takes just 30 minutes, while Naples-Latina takes 1h30. As well as acting as a gateway to Rome’s ancient history, this city offers travellers a chance to take in Italy’s more recent past, showcasing prime examples of 20th-century architecture from Mussolini’s reign, in buildings like the distinctive Palazzo M. Catching the train to Latina means that visitors are just a stone’s throw from the stunning natural beauty of Cicero Natural Park and the charming pastel-coloured villages that cling to the Tyrrhenian Coast.
After hopping off the train in Latina, travellers need to take a short trip using public transport or in a taxi to get to the city centre, and this journey should take around 20 minutes. Latina’s centre radiates out from Piazza del Popolo in the shape of an octagon, and so navigating around the town couldn’t be easier. The impressive municipal buildings of Piazza del Popolo are separated by gorgeous landscaped gardens and dominated by the rationalist architecture of the town hall. Moving south, down the city’s main artery, called Corso della Repubblica, visitors will pass by a variety of shops and restaurants. After a 5-minute walk, Piazza San Marco will appear where the terracotta Cattedrale di San Marco stands. This building looks particularly beautiful at night when elegantly lit up by the lamps in the surrounding square. Another 5-minute stroll eastward will bring travellers to the Arnaldo Mussolini Park, another monument that symbolises Italy’s troubled past under fascist rule. There are four hectares of grassy lawn lined with trees surrounding the domineering Obelisco A Tutti I Caduti In Guerra that rises several metres into the sky and is a monument to those lost at war.
Heading back towards the Piazza del Popolo, visitors will come across plenty of restaurants, especially if they head north, by exploring avenues like Via G. Carturan and Corso G. Matteotti that radiate out from the square. Most eateries in Latina are true to their heritage, specialising in sumptuous and authentic Italian cuisine, which patrons can wash down with a delicious glass of Cesanese or Chianti, made from the grapes of the Lazio region’s local vineyards.