THE VILLAGE AND LAKE FOGLIANO
My daughter is back from Cardiff, for her Easter break and I try and do one little excursion every day, just to remind her of the beauty of our area. Today was the ideal day.
We drove to Foce Verde and had lunch at the beach front restaurant, followed by a walk on the beach.
While there, I remembered a friend of mine had told me about this place nearby called Lago di Fogliano, where she would go to do yoga practice from Spring well into Autumn… we searched it out and what we found was stunning. Maybe I should give you some information about this place that I had never visited and it is only 30 minutes drive from Chez Raz.
Lake Fogliano covers an area of approximately 4 square km, in the northern outskirts of Latina. It is an ideal habitat for the stopover, wintering and nesting of a large number of migratory bird species. The whole area represents the main biodiversity basin of the Circeo National Park. (Sorry only in italian)
Its relevance it is not only naturalistic but also historical and architectural. In this area have been found scrapers, arrow points and other traces of human presence starting from prehistorical times. The Romans transformed Lake Fogliano into a fishing and livestock center reclaiming the brackish waters by building pools and canals to better exploit the richness of the waters.
The remains of the old village of Fogliano still rest on the lake shores. The small village was built at the end the the 18th century by the Caetani Family, the same family that owned the Gardens of Ninfa and the Castle in Sermoneta. In 1742 they built the hunting house by the lake at Fogliano to host the Count of Albany and the Cardinal of York, James II’s nephews during their hunting trips. The main house and the “English” villa were built in 1877.
Onorato Caetani’s wife Ada Bootle Wilbraham created the botanical gardens which were abandoned to start the new project of the Ninfa Gardens.