You are along the route: TRAVELLING TOWARDS ROME. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL
Piazzale Loffredo, Terracina (LT)
Every day. July-September: 9:00-24:00. October-May: from 9:00 to sunset. Admission fee.
Continuing along the straight route of the via Appia, St. Paul reached Terracina. In those times, the road climbed up monte Sant’Angelo, then descending as the main street of the town. The so-called “Temple of Jupiter Anxur” still rises on the high plain, which in truth is an ancient sanctuary, protected by walls and comprising military, cult and hospitality buildings. The scenic location offers an unmissable view over the city, the Pontine plain, Circeo, the sea and islands. The so-called “large temple” is on one of the terraces, and is possibly dedicated to Venus. On the eastern side of the hill is the so-called “small temple”, which was perhaps reserved for the priests.
Piazza del Foro
In the old centre of Terracina, the via Appia crossed the town from east to west. A long stretch of its route is visible in the area of the Foro Emiliano, the fulcrum of political, religious and social life, which was expanded and renovated in the late Republican and early Imperial era. The square is still paved in the original chalk blocks where the name of its curator Aulo Emilio was traced in bronze letters, and is still surrounded by the imposing ruins of the ancient public buildings the function of which has often been perpetuated by those built in later centuries: the Tempio Maggiore, later incorporated into the Cathedral of San Cesareo, the theatre with the portico in front, the basilica and the curia. This extraordinary architectural complex was accessed through two archways, one for entering the town from Rome and one quadrifrons for those coming from Campania. It was through the latter that St. Paul and his fellow travellers entered the town after coming down from Monte Sant’Angelo, admiring the splendid marble works and richness of its buildings before continuing their trek towards the capital of the Empire.