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Via Appia        Segment 12        from km 90,2 to km 108,0

Terracina (Tarracina) - Fondi (Fundi) from North [from South]


This stretch develops through three alternative itineraries:

1) the first from North one is a "door to door" crossing of the ancient town of     Terracina (Tarracina).

2) the second from North one bypasses the entrance and exit doors and goes     round the town.

3) the third from South was built by emperor Trajan (AD 98-117) in AD 110 in     alternative (variant 1) to the original track.

The first itinerary

starts by entering the "Porta Major" internal to the present "Porta Romana", and leads to the historical center of the town with remains of a temple and the beautifully paved Forum area, with a magnificent Town Hall square overlooking the Cathedral built on the Ancient Capitolium (*).

The exit door brings back to via Appia, where the road goes up Sant' Angelo hill. It then proceeds behind a temple dedicated to Jupiter Anxur, reaches the Lautulae col, and than goes down towards Fondi (Fundi) - but is interrupted by a gate.

This itinerary is worth a visit and offers an astonishing view over the gulf of Sperlonga from the so called "square of Paladins" (*).

This important square is a 22 m diameter widening, artificially built over an embankment to allow passers-by and horses to halt and rest during their journeys.

The second itinerary

goes long the Madonna della Delibera street around the town but has become hardly identifiable.

Then we can see a semicircular building with a seat that we find at the confluence of the itineraries from North and from South was probably meant to allow passers-by admiring such magnitude .

Further down, an Epitaph (*) of the Borbonian administration indicates the boundary between the Church State (*) and the kingdom of Naples (*).

Just before Fondi (Fundi), we can see the so-called "emperor Galba" palatial sepulchre.


(*) See Capitolium, Church State, Paladin, epitaph, Kingdom of Naples in glossary