Enjoy learning and working in a unique location
Located 80km from Rome and 15km from the Seaside -National Park of Circeo- in the Lazio region, the medieval village of Fossanova is one of the most beautiful historical attractors of central Italy. In the heart of the green Pontina plain, the medieval village developed around the amazing Gothic Cistercian Abbey which dates back to 1100.
Consecrated in 1208, the Abbey still retains the beauty of its essential architecture, the magnificent rose windows and finely carved capitals, reflecting the prominent role within the area. En route to the Second Council of Lyon in 1274, the famous scholar and philosopher Thomas Aquinas died in the abbey on 7th March.
Get the All-inclusive Package to best enjoy surroundings in your spare time
The participants will be hosted in a four-star Hotel on the sweet dunes of Sabaudia’s beach, located in the National Park of Circeo. The Hotel “Oasi di Kufra” offers all that is needed to make you enjoy your stay, including a spot on the bespoke Sabaudia beach. Hotel room, wi-fi, beach spot and meals are all included in the basic package. Additional services, like gymnasium and sauna, must be purchased separately.
Breakfast is always served at the Hotel. Dinner is served at the Hotel on September 15th and 16th, it is arranged in Sperlonga on September 17th. Coffee Break will be served at the “Caffè dei Guitti” at the venue in Fossanova where you will be free to seat at the table in the small square and enjoy your free time. Lunch will be served at the Venue at the picturesque restaurant “Forno del Procoio”.
The participants who are traveling autonomously can choose among different other options available in the area.
Our suggestions include:
Trip to Sperlonga
Enjoy a visit and a casual dinner in the wonderful town of Sperlonga
On day 2 – September 17th 2015- just after closing the workshop activities we will move to Sperlonga directly from Fossanova to let you enjoy your spare time and have dinner in local restaurants. Sperlonga is simply amazing. A coastal town every time more appreciated by international visitors thanks to its unique interplay between history, sea, architecture and breathtaking panoramic views. The town is probably one of the most valuable yet unknown jewels in the Tyrrhenian sea.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in the 6th century, the ruins of the imperial residence served as refuge for local people. Later the population began to move to the nearby promontory of St. Magnus –the same place where Sperlonga lies today- , in order to escape the frequent Saracen attacks of which you can still find narratives and murals in the walls of the town.
In the 18th and 19th centuries Sperlonga acquired some noble residences, and agriculture flourished. However, the touristic expansion occurred only after the opening of the coastal road Terracina-Gaeta (the via Flacca) in 1957, the building of which led to the discovery of the famous “Sperlonga Sculptures” in the grotto.
If you plan to stay a little bit longer, we have collected just a few suggestions for you regarding other attractions in the area. All just to make your travel more appealing and comfortable.
An oasis. This is the only word that adequately describes a city where nature delighted us in leaving its most beautiful marks: the large Selva del Circeo forest, the long and impressive coastal dune rich in Mediterranean vegetation, the Monaci, Caprolace and Paola lakes, the archaeological ruins, the ever-present sea and the sun. All this makes of Sabaudia a unique place. Founded on 5 August 1933, Sabaudia has preserved its original town planning layout and architecture, for which it has been called the City of Rationalism. Present-day Sabaudia is a tourist and art city that for years has been of such high quality that is one of the most sought-after and popular vacation spots of Italians and foreigners alike.
National Park of Circeo
Founded in 1934, the National Park of Circeo occupies a strip of coastal land from Anzio to Terracina, including also a sector of forest in the mainland of San Felice Circeo, and some of the Pontine Islands. Cape Circeo is connected with the legend of Circe. In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe was a witch renowned for her enchanting beauty and for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs. Through the use of magical potions, she transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals. She is described as living in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood by many identified with the heart of Cape Circeo. There are several beautiful paths through the Park, including land and sea.
Not far away from San Felice and Sabaudia, Terracina is one of the biggest coastal towns in the area. It attracts tourists for its long beach and nightlife. Opposite to Cape Circeo, Terracina is dominated by Mount Giove, which houses the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter (Anxur). A beautiful sightseeing over the bay towards Sperlonga on one side and over Cape Circeo on the other side will surprise you. Not to be missed.
Ponza & Pontine Islands
The Pontine Islands are an archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Terracina. The islands were collectively named after the largest island in the group, Ponza. The other islands in the archipelago are Palmarola, Zannone, Gavi, Ventotene and Santo Stefano. Currently, tiny vineyards, wild herbs and flowers, secluded beaches and grottos make them a renowned tourist destination. They can be reached by boat from San Felice and Terracina.
On the road to Rome, towards the Monti Lepini range, 20 km north from Sabaudia you will find Ninfa’s Gardens. The old town of Ninfa takes its name from a little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period, built on one of the most abundant springs at the foot of the Lepini Hills. The garden of Ninfa was declared a Natural Monument in 2000, and it comprises the medieval ruined town, the English-style romantic garden, the 17thcentury Hortus Conclusus, the river and lake with their rare eco-system, the setting itself – culturally, pictorially and environmentally exceptional.
Just uphill the Monti Lepini, you will find Sermoneta. Sermoneta is one of the best-preserved Medieval villages in Italy. Called Sulmo in Antiquity, it is even cited by Virgil in “Aeneid”. Located just a few miles from the Via Appia it rises up on a hill at 843 feet above sea level, dominating over the Pontine Plain. Its fortunes began at the end of the 1200s, when the Caetani Family became the governing authority and erected its imposing castle. In the present day, Sermoneta still preserves its immense historical, artistic and cultural heritage. Sermoneta’s characteristics – tortuous but picturesque streets, intriguing monuments and an overall calm – make it ideal for a vacation or even a brief visit, especially for those who want to travel back in time. It is such an attractive village, it served as the set for 86 Italian and international films between 1909 and 2012.
Expo & Biennale
Once in Italy, don’t miss the chance to attend the Expo in Milan or the Biennale in Venice.
You can easily reach the venue
Fossanova can be reached by train and by car from the main airports in Rome and Naples.
from Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport through Rome Termini Station to Priverno-Fossanova train station
a) from Rome through Ss Pontina and Ss Appia or
b) via motorway A1 – Naples direction- and Ss Monti Lepini
from Napoli Capodichino through Napoli Centrale Train Station to Priverno – Fossanova Train station
via motorway A1 – Rome direction – and Ss Monti Lepini
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing a valid passport and any visa requirement (tourist visa). If needed, Inglobe Technologies may assist during the process.
Local transportation, including the pick up at and for the Fossanova Train Station, is included in the All-inclusive Workshop pass. Flights and transportation to the pick-up location are not included.