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Terracina Vacations

Terracina Vacations

Terracina is a pleasant seaside resort in the south of the Lazio region, between Rome and Naples. It was an important port on the Roman Appian Way and the site of a major temple to Jupiter. Nowadays the modern town spreads out on the plain below the hills, along a wide sandy beach which attracts many summer visitors. Terracina is a town and comune of the province of Latina and seventy six kilometers southeast of Rome by rail and fifty six kilometers by the Via Appia by car. The population of the town is approximately 45 000 people. The weather is Mediterranean, the town being located on the coast.

The Attractions of Terracina

A coastal Italian town need not offer much more to attract hordes of tourists, but Terracina boasts several notable attractions that make tearing yourself away from the sun and sand worthwhile.

Mount Circeo

Terracina is snug against the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Riviera of Ulysses; so-called because legend has it that Odysseus sailed through on his travels. Nothing says “Odysseus was here” like Mount Circeo, rising out of the sea like the jagged profile of a reclining witch. The sorceress Circe is said to have lived there, plotting to turn Greek sailors into beasts. This uniquely-shaped rock formation is visible from other towns along the Riviera of Ulysses—and is, in fact, the site of the township San Felice Circeo—but Terracina is at just the right distance to create the perfect panorama of sea, sky, and mountain. The Mount Circeo is visible from most points in the city, perhaps none as overwhelming as when you’re standing in the sea, looking north. Each evening, the mountain goes up in flames: no two sunsets ever alike.

Temple of Jove Anxur

The Temple of Jove Anxur is perhaps Terracina’s most famous historical site. Built by the Romans in the 1st century C.E. at the apex of Mount Saint Angelo, the one thousand four hundred and two meter high temple overlooks a bewitching crescent of scenery, including the sea, Mount Circeo, and the city below. The view is impossibly romantic; the site of countless passionate encounters over the past two thousand year

The Terracina Cuisine

Is there any joy greater than eating fresh seafood at the beach? Terracina’s restaurant scene ranges from family-run mainstays to seafood shacks and small osterias helmed by pioneering young chefs. The typical regional seafood specialties may be enjoyed—risotto alla pescatora, calamari fritti—while land-grown culinary treasures include spicy boar sausage and bombe; deep-fried filled doughnuts traditionally eaten hot, at night. Terracina hosts a number of festivals including a strawberry festival in late Spring, a chestnut festival in the fall, and a muscatel grape festival in late Summer. They say that Terracina’s muscatel wine was the wine of Ulysses and that Terracina’s muscatel grapes are the sweetest in the region.

Music, to Your Ears

Terracina has an excellent music scene, attracting fans from all over the province. Local bands like Chicken Prod.Inc rejuvenate traditional folk music; Muiravale Freetown produces Italian reggae; Anxur Kingz creates Italian rap tracks with rhymes written in Terracina’s local dialect. Terracina’s musicians and promoters tirelessly seek to heighten the city’s presence in the Italian and global music scenes—there’s even a fledgling recording studio. Each year, the mod-themed Anxur Festival draws the area’s best musical acts and hordes of vespas from all over Italy and the UK.

Getting There

Terracina is reachable from Rome or from Naples and can be managed as a day trip from either city. The town does have its own railway station on a branch line, but it’s only served by a couple of train services every day. If you are relying on public transport, you will find the frequent Cotral bus services more useful. There are buses direct from Rome EUR Fermi; the journey takes just over two hours. For a speedier and more comfortable journey, however, the best method is to combine rail and bus travel. In Terracina buses stop at the main bus station in Piazza 25 Aprile, below the old town. From here, Cotral services run to other destinations in the Province of Latina.

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