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Terracina - Fondi - Formia - Minturno: Province of Latina
One of the most intact sections of the Appian away is to be found beyond Rome, in the countryside immersed in timeless solitude. The highlight of this unique area is that you will be walking on (or admiring) original stretches of the ancient Appian Way situated between two or 4 ancient towns in the attractive Latina province.
Terracina: the ancient Appian Way climbed over the mountain behind the hill where the sanctuary or 'Temple of Anxur' is visible and visitable. Emperor Trajan changed the course of the Appia by cutting the cliff, called Pesco Montano, still visible today. The ancient city is located high up, while the village built by Pope Pius VI remains at the ancient port of Trajan. The Via Appia entered the city though Via della Stazione, Via Porta Romana and Corso Garibaldi. The watchtower on the Via Appia before entering the Roman circle, from the Republican era, is perfectly preserved. Piazza del Duomo, the ancient city forum, preserves the original floor, part of which consists of the paved base of the Via Appia that crossed it on one side.
Fondi: remarkable Roman walls with large towers. The chessboard plan of the town follows the Roman one. Here, as in Terracina, the Appia crossed the city. There are also notable medieval monuments including the castle of the Caetani and the Colonna. The current road perfectly follows the ancient one up to the Valle di Sant'Andrea. The original stretch of the Appian Way (Corso Appio Claudio) is underneath the present day street, so as you walk along it you'll be walking on top of an important piece of history.
It is possible to continue further, covering the entire Appian Way in Lazio to Formia and Minturno. Although not often open to the public it is sometimes possible to visit 'Cicero's Tomb' in Formia and the 'Roman Cistern', which is normally only open at weekends, and the large archaeological park at Minturno.
If interested in exploring this area with a local guide please visit our 'weekends out of Rome' tours!
Main picture - a typical street scene in Fondi.
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