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The small city of Latina is interesting for two reasons: after Rome it has the second largest population in the region of 5 provinces and it is the only entirely ‘futurist’ city in Italy, where everything was built between 1932 - 1938 or later (read more about Latina).
For eating, we highly recommend cosy & intimate restaurant: Il Quadrato (only facebook) We loved the 2 brothers who run it, they're so welcoming, great at what they do and speak excellent English. Our meal was absolutely delicious: prices very reasonable, good wine list! We didn't take photos of inside as it was full and we didn't like to disturb the other diners, but it looks so unassuming from the outside you might easily walk past it.
Latina does have a surprising number of attractive cafès/bars per square km....we photographed the one we liked best: Gran Caffè Cifra, Piazza del Mercato 2, first opened in 1946 on Corso della Repubblica but then moved in 1947 to the present address. We loved the ceiling....so pretty!
The centre is small but has a good choice of shops - although in our opinion Latina is missing a shopping mall and has plenty of space for one! We liked Enoteca Giovane Bacco (www.giovanebacco.it) with an amazing alcohol selection plus seasonal goodies and gifts, and gift-wrapping service.
All in all we spent a few pleasant hours here, and it's not too far from the coast so you could easily pop in on your way home/back to your hotel after a day at the beach (Sabaudia) in the Summer, instead of sitting in traffic, or you could even stay here in Hotel Europa: a medium-sized modern hotel with indoor swimming pool, in the centre of town.