Italy always seems to offer you the best blend of culture, food and nature. I can never get enough of Italy. In this seaside town of Terracina, you are bound to immerse yourself in history, amazing Italian pasta and enjoy scenic walks along the beach. Terracina is located between Naples and Rome along the Italian coastline, where locals and foreigners alike flock to especially in the summer. You can never get enough of the sun, sea and gelatos. Here’s why you need to be in Terracina. Read on…
1. Temple of Jupiter Anxur
Located on the top of Mount Saint Angelo over the coastal Terracina in Italy’s Lazio region, this temple is dedicated to the god Jupiter as a boy and a young man (“Anxur” reference in the name). It was built during the first century BC. The ancient Romans called Terracina as it is and Terracina was called as Anxur by the Volscians according to history. Earliest records indicated a small temple of Venus nearby. The view from the Temple overlooks the crescent of the coast including the sea, Mount Circeo and the city; a sight not to be missed.
Temple of Jupiter Anxur
Address: Piazzale Loffredo, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm
2. Monumento Naturale di Campo Soriano
The Monumento Naturale di Campo Soriano is accessible from Terracina and Sonnino. Once there, take your time to explore and observe the stone walls, olive groves, vineyards and limestone formations of varying height and shape that emerge amongst the vegetative growth. In the centre of the Campo Soriano valley there is a distinguishable calcareous mass which was formed over thousands of years, which the locals have affectionately named “Rava di San Domenico” after the Benedictine monk San Domenico da Sora.
Monumento Naturale di Campo Soriano
Address: 04019 Terracina, Province of Latina, Italy
Hours: Open 24 hours
3. Museo Civico Archeologico "Pio Capponi"
The Civic Archeological Museum of Terracina, otherwise known as “Pio Capponi”, founded in 1894 displays a wide array of archaeological remains including artifacts from the earliest humans in the region to the Roman Eras. Although a small museum, it is a marvel on its own and mainly focuses on the Roman era historical development and you will be able to admire a Roman base dedicated to Emperor Trajan (98 to 117 AD). The statues and sculptures on display were mostly recovered from the sea and the canals of Terracina. You will have an opportunity to visit the viewing platform to enjoy a panoramic view of Terracina.
Museo Civico Archeologico
Address: Piazza Municipio, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
Contact: +39 0773707313
4. Palazzo della Bonificazione Pontina
Palazzo della Bonificazione Pontina was built between 1780 and 1785. This was the headquarters or the administration centre of the Pontine reclamation which used to be the ruins of a Roman basilica which is still visible along the Salita dell'Annunziata. Currently, there are two ways to enter the area either via Salita dell'Annunziata (from the rear entrance) or the front which opens to Piazza S. Domitilla. Palazzo De Vecchis also became part of the Palazzo della Bonificazione Pontina as well as the Archeological Museum of Terracina.
Palazzo della Bonificazione Pontina
Address: Piazza Santa Domitilla, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
5. Foro Emiliano
The Foro Emiliano was a gathering of sorts where people came together to discuss important events or subjects at the time as well as a relaxation hub. This is also one of Terracina’s oldest structures and it stands out amongst the other monuments. Even the stone path that was paved a long time ago stood the test of time and you might be able to see the signature of the Roman magistrate who helped to finance the pavement. You might enjoy a stroll in the Piazza Municipio and imagine the atmosphere of a Roman forum.
Address: Via Annunziata, 1, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
6. Mount Circeo
Mount Circeo: its jagged profile rising from the sea. Legend has it that the sorceress Circe used to live there, and this amazing rock formation is very visible from towns along the River of Ulysses, which got its moniker because Odysseus sailed through this river on his travels. Terracina serves as an ideal location from where you can get a panoramic view of the sea, the sky and the mountain.
Address: Circeo National Park
By Boat: Ports of Formia, Terracina, Anzio, and San Felice Circeo
7. Chiesa del Purgatorio
As you make your way up Corso Anita Garibaldi towards Terracina Alta, you will find Chiesa del Purgatorio on the left up a flight of steps. Not frequently opened to the public but when you get your chance, you will find no one there and as you enter, the first thing that will greet you is the large skeleton above the front door with more located within. This Church of Purgatory depicts the suffering you will encounter in purgatory, between heaven and hell.
Chiesa del Purgatorio
Address: Corso Anita Garibaldi, 40, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
8. Chiesa di San Salvatore
Chiesa di San Salvatore is located on Via Appia, in lower Terracina. Inside the Chiesa di San Salvatore, you can find the statue of the Madonna del Carmelo which is traditionally carried by fishing boats from the port of Terracina to the promontory of the Circeo during naval procession. Chiesa di San Salvatore was built with three aisles with side chapels and apse with the outside of the building raised on a podium. The architecture is of the neoclassical period and is still recognized as one of the neoclassical masterpieces in Italy.
Chiesa di San Salvatore
Address: Via Roma, 1, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
Contact: +39 0773703955
9. Cattedrale di Terracina
The Terracina Cathedral was built in the 5th to 6th-century and has been through a number of restorations since being re-built with the ruins of a Roman temple. Located on the Foro Emiliano, the original basilica can be seen on the right side of the square. The bell tower stands tall and is accessible using a staircase which could be inconvenient for children and not accessible for the disabled.
Cattedrale di Terracina
Address: Via Roma, 1, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
Contact: +39 0773701106
10. Pisco Montano
Pisco Montano is located between Monte S. Angelo and the sea. Traveling along the Old Appian Way, it is between Rome and Naples. The Romans during the time of Emperor Trajan cut a path through Pisco Montano to avoid climbing up Mount S. Angelo.
Address: Via Cave, 2, 04019 Terracina LT, Italy
Terracina and its magnificent history
There are many things to do to in Terracina and I have only listed the ten above. The monuments are living testaments of what Terracina was like before. Learn about its culture, the history and enjoy yourself in Terracina.
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