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Via Appia       Segment 10        from km 75,4 to km 85,8

Mesa (Ad Medias)- Sanctuary of Feronia (Lucus Feronia)

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This stretch lies only partially under modern via Appia, which heads to the harbour of Terracina (Tarracina) , whereas via Appia leads, first to the Rock of Leano, and from there to the Porta Maggiore of the city of Terracina (Tarracina).


The area called Mesa probably coincides with the statio Ad Medias; its name could actually mean that it is half way from Decennovius (*) .


A completely destroyed republican concrete mausoleum lies near a Pope's postal 18th century rural house, with a square base overarched by a cylindrical drum ascribed to Clesippo Geganio.


The sides of the house's main door are flanked with two Trajan (AD 98-117) milestones: the XLVIII (48) and XLVIIII (49).


Such milestones were particularly and richly decorated: they bear on top the progressive number of the cippus along road restored, in the middle the inscription celebrating the emperor and at the bottom the progressive number of miles from Rome.


Inside the house there are other inscriptions related to the works of restoration of via Appia.


Going along the road, after the crossroads with the Priverno-Sabaudia street, we find in the area of Caposelce a two stone arch bridge dating back to the Trajan era.


3kms further down, the Uffente and Amaseno rivers flow into a parallel canal. From that point on, via Appia diverts from modern.


Just before the sanctuary of Feronia (Lucus Feronia), where a clear source of water feeds a modern pasta laboratory, there is a bridge (see G02 - Galliazzo n.125) on the river Acqua Traversa, where via Appia arrives supported by a terraced wall, the same utilized by ponte Alto (see G02 - Galliazzo n.124) destroyed during the second world war.



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(*) See Decennovius in glossary


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