History to discover

For history and archeology lovers, our territory is rich in ancient sites.

In Terracina

Temple of Jupiter Anxur. Situated on Monte S. Angelo, the temple has been declared a ‘natural monument’ in a recent regional law. It dominates the city and overlooks the sea. The monument was built during ancient Roman times in the 4th Century B.C., together with the walls and The Acropolis. On very clear days you can see the Pontine Islands from the site.
The Forum Emiliano. This is still the heart of Terracina, the present-day Piazza del Municipio, where the cathedral stands. It includes the Capitolium, a 1st-century Roman temple, and the Pisco Montano limestone needle. This was formed when the emperor Trajan cut through the rock to connect the Appian Way, which ran along the hilly area behind the city, to the inner area of the port, in order to make it more accessible.

In Fondi

Baronial Castle and Palazzo. The castle has a round keep 35 metres high, as well as crenellated walls, while the prince’s palazzo dates from the Renaissance.
Jewish quarter o Giudea. This consists of a group of medieval houses laid out around a courtyard, situated between the city walls and the small Piazzetta dell'Olmo Perino. A little more than one hundred Jews settled here in the15th century, and there are also traces of Jewish settlement dating from to the 13th century.

In Sperlonga

Tiberius’ cave. This is just a few kilometres south of Sperlonga and is part of what was once the Emperor Trajan's summer residence. Nearby is the National Archeological Museum exhibiting objects found in this fascinating cave (relating mostly to the myth of Ulysses).

In San Felice Circeo

The Guattari Grotto and the Neanderthal skull. The grotto was found on the property of Alessandro Guattari in the Hotel Neanderthal district. Many finds were brought to light, including the Neanderthal skull and part of a jaw with one tooth. Another jawbone with 11 teeth was found in 1950.
Acropolis. This has remains of the polygonal wall which was most probably built for the purpose of defence.

In Sabaudia

Villa di Domiziano. This villa, situated in the village of Palazzo, which is part of the Municipality of Molella, lies in a protected forest area. It can be visited only by making prior reservations with the Circeo National Park Management.
Lucullus’s pool. This is a round ancient Roman fish-pond that is divided into four sections and was named after the famous Roman gourmet, Lucullus.

In Cisterna di Latina

The Caetani caves. These caves are in the Palazzo Caetani and extend for several kilometres, forming a labyrinth. They were used as a bomb shelter during World War Two.
Ruins of Ninfa. The medieval town of Ninfa was abandoned in the 18th century because of malaria. In the early 1920s, Gelasio Caetani initiated a project to salvage the local garden, which was completed by Donna Lelia Caetani Howard, the last descendant of the Caetani family, who died in 1977, and by her husband Hubert. Gelasio Caetani also saw to the restoration of the tower and the salvage of some of the most important remains in the medieval village that are still intact inside the splendid garden mentioned above. The remains include; the city wall, the tower, the crenellated walls of the small castle, the old town hall, and the remains of some churches.

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