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Via Appia        Segment 15        from km 142,0 to km 155,4

Minturno (Minturnae) - Mondragone (Sinuessa)

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This segment, partly underneath by SS7 - modern via Appia, passes in the middle of the ancient town of Minturnae (*), unravelling among tabernae porches and the Forum, whereas the new town lays under the slopes of the mountain.


Once back on SS7, we cross a newly built bridge over the river Garigliano, leaving an old pending one on the right, built in 1832 after a project by L. Giura from Naples, as a spectacular testimony of the management skills during the kingdom of Naples (**).


From there the SS7 heads towards SS6, called via Casilina, reaching it 6 kms before Capua, whereas the SS7 quater, called via Appia variant, follows the track of via Appia in parallel to the seaside up to Sinuessa.


Near by Cellule, a shortcut to Capua built after the territory of Sessa Aurunca (*) was appeased, that is after 296 B.C., separates from the main road.


At this town, we can see the beautifully preserved Ronaco bridge that crosses a small valley with 11 arches (see G02 - Galliazzo n.232) and a big theatre with a cryptoportico (**) in town.


A variant departing from Sessa Aurunca connected directly Via Appia with ancient via Latina (today via Casilina).


After Cellole, in Torre San Limato, we find a roman villa facing the sea.


On the way towards Mondragone, the excavations of Sinuessa (*), ancient colony founded in 296 BC to defend via Appia from possible incursions, are now partly buried beneath the area of the residence "Baia azzurra". There are ruins of a large amphitheatre, of the urban centre, including many roads with flint-stones and an inscription neglected.


At this point, via Appia diverts from the via Domiziana, which proceeds towards Pozzuoli long the roman itinerary of the ancient via Domiziana.


The next stretch leading to Mondragone is very rich in ancient ruins of villas, cisterns, pavement on opus spicatum (**), aqueducts,embankment.


In Mondragone, many stretches of flint-stones roads appear here and there in the area called "Casino la Starza".


Here, where the statio Pagus Sarclanus rose near to the Cimitery, we can see excavations of a villa and a sepulchre.


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(*) Minturnae, Sinuessa and Sessa Aurunca are certainly worth a visit

(**) See Kingdom of Naples, cryptoportico, opus spicatum in glossary



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