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  • Hiking Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Hiking Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Monte Circeo
  • Monte Circeo, Central Italy.- Monte Circeo
  • Mounte Circeo views.- Monte Circeo
  • Hiking Mounte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Hiking Mounte Circeo near San Felice Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • The trail becomes steeper as it leaves the lower forest.- Monte Circeo
  • The summit of Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Monte Circeo is a prime hike in South Lazio.- Monte Circeo
  • Portions of the hike require several points of contact.- Monte Circeo
  • Scrambling is a part of this hike.- Monte Circeo
  • Portions of the trail lead through dense forest.- Monte Circeo
  • Cyclamen along the route to Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Worm trails on a tree en route to Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Monte Circeo
  • Views from Monte Circeo. - Monte Circeo
  • Views from Monte Circeo. - Monte Circeo
  • Views from the summit of Mount Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Views from Monte Circeo. - Monte Circeo
  • Vetta del Monte Circeo.- Monte Circeo
  • Views from Monte Circeo. - Monte Circeo
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Monte Circeo
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Pros: 
Incredible landscapes and vegetation. Big vistas.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,912.73 ft (583.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.78 mi (4.48 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Legend has it that Circe, a sorceress met by Ulysses during his Odyssey, used to live at Monte Circeo, and her profile can still be seen nowadays outlined by the mountain crest. And the hike to the summit of Monte Circeo really is enchanting: In addition to the spectacular veiws from the summit, you'll hike through thriving vegetation that characterizes the trip, including colorful flowers and trees with incredible trunks that acquire peculiar shapes. It is a truly unique opportunity to climb a mountain so close to the see, and you'll enjoy beautiful views and endless horizons along the way.

The route is characterized by steep uphills and downhills, which make it quite engaging. Expect to scramble in places and use four points of contact. Nevertheless, the route is very popular and can be very crowded, especially during weekends, even though many hikers stop at the false summit and turn back. 

This is also a beautiful place to enjoy the sea. The very long shore right under Mount Circeo is very popular in Central Italy. Also, it's a climbing area with beautiful multi-pitch opportunities, though they can be quite hard to reach. Nearby, Sperlonga and Gaeta offer a wide variety of climbing options (these are all winter crags). 

Note that this hike becomes rather exposed in places, so it is best to avoid on hot days.

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