«quarta vix demum exponimur hora.
(Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Sermones, 1, 5, 23-26)
Tips for trips, visits and … discoveries
The charming retreat Domuscula in the heart of the historic centre of Terracina overlooking the Foro Emiliano, it is particularly suitable as starting point for historical-cultural excursions and relaxation.
The view from the house collects the most important monuments of the historic centre from the same Palazzo Venditti, the ancient municipality palace in the XIII century. From the windows the view is on the Capitolium, the Roman Temple of Republican age of the I Sec B.C. and the Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter Anxur, now the Cathedral where Pope Urban II blessed the first Crusade.
Archaeology and history
Terracina owes its fame still alive today to the fortune of his Roman port (first century A.D., built by Emperor Trajan). The name itself means ‘Market’, crossroads of the Mediterranean and later medieval feudal potentates. The city still retains the stratified vestiges of several populations: the Volscians, Romans and Byzantines.
Do not miss:
• The Forum Emiliano, the only intact in the world, and Palazzo Venditti;
• Theatre and Capitolium and the Arch of Nerva ;
• the Via Appia way, visible with the original paving stones viable for long stretches ;
• The Pisco Montano cutting with whom the emperor Trajan made easy the Via Appia ;
• The walkway of the city's ancient walls;
• The area of the Temple of Jupiter Anxur on Mount Jupiter;
• The neoclassical district dating from eighteenth century;
• Palazzo Braschi (papal palace).
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Around the city
01 - Terracina downtown, the late XVIII century complex of Garibaldi square
02 - Terracina downtown, the church of Salvatore in Garibaldi square
03 - Terracina downtown, the city door called ‘Napoletana’
04 - Terracina downtown, view from the Mount Giove slope
05 - Terracina downtown, the port channel
06 - Terracina downtown, docking of fishing boats in the port channel
07 - Terracina downtown, the Mount Giove from the harbour
08 - Terracina downtown, the harbour entrance
09 - Terracina historical centre, view from Mount Giove
10 - Terracina historical centre, the city wall
11 - Terracina historical centre, Braschi palace
12 - Terracina historical centre, the Capitolium
13 - Terracina historical centre, the church of purgatorio
14 - Terracina historical centre, square Cancelli
The sea and the islands
The large beach, well-kept and equipped, runs for about 5 km to the west, until reaching San Felice Circeo.
The family will find a resource of cared for and protected entertainment. More adventurous trails perched over
exclusive bays, dear Emperor Tiberius, offer to the couple a secret corner in the east among Terracina, Fondi and Sperlonga.
The waterfront promenade, comfortable and panoramic, promotes jogging as well as romantic horizons.
Comfortable steamers connect the port to the islands of Ponza and Ventotene. On a clear day you can see Mount Vesuvius.
The countryside and nature
Several biotypes enrich a vast and varied territory: the karst rocks of Campo Soriano; the channels and centuries-old eucalyptus trees of the Pontine plain; the sea of rock and sand; the scenic walks in the surrounding hills, first of all the tour of Mount Jupiter, where the Roman temple which overlooks the city is located, and the picturesque harbour; the lush countryside among olive trees and vines.
Food and wine
Terracina enjoys the encounter between two cultures, the peasant and marinara. The fish markets, fruit and vegetables daily and offer a genuine resource. In particular, are a must taste of muscatel grapes in September, baskets of strawberries in April and May and oranges throughout the winter. Great companion muscat wine characteristic of the Valley.
Towns and villages in the surrounding
Spending a holiday in Terracina also means exploring other places worthy of attention:
• San Felice Circeo, in the heart of the National Park of the same name, beach frequented by artists, filmmakers and actors of Rome's Cinecitta.
• Sabaudia, an example of rationalist architecture in the dunes and the coastal lakes.
• Gaeta, a small Naples, and Sperlonga, fishing village, today charming and exclusive tourist destination.
• The Abbey of Fossanova, a typical example of Cistercian architecture (XIII century).
• A convenient train reaches in one hour the Great Beauty of Rome.
01 - San Felice Circeo, the small square
02 - San Felice Circeo, the tower called ‘Paola’
03 - Sperlonga, the small historical settlement
04 - Sabaudia, the lake with the backdrop of Mount Circeo
05 - Sabaudia, the sand dunes
06 - Fossanova abbey, the church
07 - Fossanova abbey
08 - Fondi, the baronial castle (XIV secolo)
09 - Fondi, aereal view of the lake
10 - Fondi, The monastery of San Magno
11 - Fondi, medieval frescos discovered in the monastery of San Magno