On the trail of myth

The Coast of Ulysses, stretching some 110 kilometres from the beach of Latina to the river Garigliano, evokes the myth of the Ithacan hero's restless and unfulfilling wanderings, which left many traces along this arching coastline. According to reconstructions based on the tales of Homer it was in the Gulf of Gaeta that Ulysses had his fateful encounter with the inhabitants of Lestrigon; in Terracina where he lost his friend Elpenor, who is buried there; and on Monte Circeo (the then island of Eéa, Ponza?) where he was involved in a long romance with the siren Circe, who bore him a son called Antèios, mythical founder of Anzio. This coast was also home to the Volsci and the Aurunci, indigenous peoples who for centuries occupied, respectively, its northern and southern stretches before succumbing to Rome. Very interesting are the municipalities of: Terracina, Fondi, Sperlonga, Gaeta, San Felice Circeo and Sabaudia.

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