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You are along the route: TRAVELLING TOWARDS ROME. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL
At km 58.100 of SS 7 Appia, ca. 300 m before the crossroad with via Ninfina II and via Artemide, next to the roads inspector’s house.
The Appian Way had rest stations all along its path, in which travellers could stay and get a shelter for the night, have a warm meal or let the horses recover. Near Borgo Fàiti and Cisterna di Latina you can still find the remaining of the old mansiones of Forum Appii and Tres Tabernae, the only historically certified destinations in Latium of the Saint Paul’s Journey to the capital. Here “the brothers coming from Rome” went to see the Apostle to support and comfort him. The rests of the two places are actually not so visible, indeed it is still very impressive to stop in these places, in a landscape full of ancient memories.
Recent archaeological excavations, which will be able to be visited by booking only from the summer onwards, have finally allowed the identification of the location of Tres Tabernae (the three taverns), an ancient staging post which soon became an inhabited settlement and has been a bishopric since 313 AD.
In an area covering more than two hectares, a series of public and private buildings from between the 1st and 9th centuries AD have been discovered. Many of them have refined mosaic floors and frescoes, some from the period of the Emperor Nero and thus contemporary to the passage of St. Paul.