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Itri


Benvenuti / Welcome to

Terracina



Terracina is a colourful seaside resort, with lots of character and an interesting history.   It is situated at the edge of the Ausoni Mountains which tumble down to the coast.  It is believed that this territory was once a colony of the Spartans, then the Etruscans, followed by the Volsci people.  In 406 BC the settlement was taken over by the Romans. On Monte Sant’Angelo they constructed a mighty temple or sanctuary which was dedicated to the God of Jupiter, Giove Anxur. Below right is a reconstruction of how the temple may have looked.



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A road  leads  up  to Monte  Sant’ Angelo  where the impressive ruins of this imposing edifice can be seen.

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The 12 pillared arches of the cryptoporticus.

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CC BY-SA 2.0      by Carole Radato - flickr

The ruins of a podium and the rock of the Oracle.

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The temple was surrounded by defensive walls and towers.

Views of the Sperlonga coastline and the plain of Fondi.

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CC BY-SA 2.0      by Carole Radato - flickr

CC BY-SA 2.0      by Carole Radato - flickr

Views looking down on Terracina’s harbour and of the mountainous headland of San Felice Circeo.

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As Terracina was positioned on the ancient Appian Way it was an important Roman port and staging post on this major thoroughfare.

To improve the route, which originally was forced to head inland and climb several hills, the  Roman Emperor  Trajan ordered that the cliff be cut away to a depth of 36 meters, at the foot of the Pisco Montano promontory, to form a new coast road.  

The road today still follows this route.

There is an old gateway on the Appian Way, as you approach Terracina from the south. It is known as  the Porta Napoletana. The gateway to the north is known as the Porta Romana.

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