Terracina is a resort in the central region of Italy, Lazio, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the main city of the Odyssey coast (Riviera di Ulisse). For its inextricable connection with the history of Italy, the place is called "land of myths" - A lot of what is described in the Bible, historical chronicles, ancient legends, happened here.
Terracina is a combination of mild climate and clean beaches, developed infrastructure and excellent service, convenient location near Rome and Naples and a rich excursion program.
The city of Terracina, the heart of the Tyrrhenian coast, the center of the Latin province of the Lazio region, was founded by representatives of ancient Aryan tribes who lived in Italy in time immemorial. Immigrants from Sparta, attracted by fertile soils, favorable weather of Terracina and safety for life (the surrounding mountains protected from enemies) began to arrive here in the IX-VIII centuries BC. e., a century and a half before Rome was founded.
The place was attracted not only by the natives of Sparta - at different times it was owned by the Etruscans, who gave it the name Terracine, the Witches, who renamed the city to Anxur and made the city the most powerful coastal fortress, and from 406 BC the Romans. For nearly 8 centuries, Terracina flourished and became the second port in Lazio, but then Roman power weakened, and the city, suffering from raids by barbarians and Saracens, fell into decay and began to revive again in the 5th-6th centuries A.D.
He was so prettier that in the 13th century he began to enjoy the favor of the popes and was elected by them as a summer residence, and Pope Urban II, known for the first campaign from Italy to the Holy Land, was elected in the Cathedral. The sights of the city remind of all these events.
The sights of Terracina begin with the Old Appian Way (Via Appia) between Rome and Naples, built in Italy 2600 years ago. It passes directly through the main square (Piazza del Municipio) and leads to the sea, dividing the city into Upper, Historic, and Lower. Local attractions are located right on the square: Roman Theater, Capitolium, Emilian Forum.
Among the ruins is an old church in honor of St. Cesario (San Cesareo), the patron saint of the city (commemorated on the first Monday after November 5), where Zeus statue - a copy from the Greek original of the II-III centuryand not far away stands the Tower of Roses (Torre dei Rosa).
The entrance to the Upper City from Naples is reliably protected by the Neapolitan Gate, built by the Emperor Troyan. The local attractions are stone walls, towers and fortresses, medieval buildings.
The best restaurant of the city "Trioni" is located on the main square in an old Roman house, which has preserved the remains of mosaics on the floor, parts of capitals, columns. Mosaic of the 5th century is also represented in the Cathedral.
Temple of jupiter
The Temple of Jupiter (Tempio di Giove), erected on Mount Sant'Angelo (Sant Angelo) at an altitude of 227 meters is the main attraction of the city of Terracina.
According to legend, it was Lazio who became the refuge for the formidable god when he fled from the wrath of his father. Therefore, the temple, created by the Etruscans in the 4th century BC, was later rebuilt by the Romans and dedicated to Jupiter. The remains of two huge temples have been preserved. One of them, "small", consisted of nine rooms with mosaic-decorated floors..
In front of those who dared to climb the top of the mountain in fine weather, a unique view opens up on Terracina and the Odyssey coast. In the evening, the temple is highlighted.
The Appian Way (Via Appia) - the "queen of the roads" of Italy - starts right from the Porta Capena in Rome and is named for Appia Claudia, who laid it from Rome towards Capua in the 4th century. BC uh ... Subsequently, it was extended, and it became possible to get to Naples, and in Terracina in the 1st century A.D. Emperor Trajan brought her to the sea, letting her right through the mountain.
540 km long road well preserved, and in the very center of Terracina you can feel stones under your feet, first laid two and a half millennia ago. They remember not only the Roman soldiers and carts of merchants, but also the apostle Peter, who, having been rewarded with the vision of Christ, returned to Rome through it, so that between the years 64 and 67 A.D. to be crucified upside down on the cross.
Holidays in Terracina have the main advantage - proximity to the main cities of the Tyrrhenian coast and all of Italy: Rome, Naples, Pompeii. Thanks to this, there is a good opportunity to combine rest on the beach and acquaintance with the greatest monuments of world culture.
Fans of boat trips can visit the unusually beautiful islands - Ischia and Capri.
Comfortable hotels, bars, restaurants, discos, night clubs, shops continuously stretch along the beautiful promenade. Entertaining infrastructure is complemented by water parks, a diving center, attractions, and city sights.
A week of relaxation for two excluding transportation and sightseeing expenses can cost from 1000 euros. From our customers and many tourists we hear only positive reviews about Terracina.
The weather in Terracina year round pleases with the sun, warmth and minimal rainfall, even in winter, the thermometer does not fall on average below 9 degrees, and the average July temperature is +23. Mild climate, high air (2nd place in the world!) iodine contentwith healing properties, the gentle sea, beaches full of fine golden sand make this resort indispensable for families with children.
Terracina - these are sandy beaches marked with the blue flag of the European Union for grooming and cleanliness, a length of 15 kilometers. In Terracina, hotels for the most part have their own beaches, equipped with parasols and comfortable sun loungers, the use of which is either included in the price of the hotel room or is paid extra - about 10-15 euros per day.
All Terracina hotels, fairly new or located in historical buildings, are equipped according to modern requirements and provide a high level of service. Picturesque views, a short distance to the sea, the opportunity to relax on the hotel territory - Terracina offers hotels of different stars, but invariably cozy and comfortable. The average cost of a good double room starts from 100 euros per day. In this article, I picked up a good accommodation option for friends, it will come in handy. Also see the map below:
Hotel Albergo Mediterraneo is located on the beach (30 meters from the sea). Its comfortable rooms with balconies have everything you need to relax.
It features an outdoor pool; a multi-purpose hall and specially equipped smaller rooms are designed for business meetings and conferences. Wellness treatments are available at the beauty center. There is a restaurant with local cuisine, seafood dishes are widely presented.
- The cost of a double standard room is € 100-120 per day with a breakfast buffet.
- Check availability at Albergo Mediterraneo
Grand Hotel L'Approdo
Overlooking Cape Circeo, Grand Hotel L'Approdo is located in a calm, green area It has its own beach, and on the territory - outdoor hot tubs! All 56 rooms are equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV, there is free parking.
An additional advantage - from the pier Molo Gregoriano, located 2 kilometers from the hotel, you can take a high-speed ferry in an hour with a small get to the Pontian Islands (Isole Pontine), each of which is the custodian of natural, geological and recreational treasures. The sights of each island are special: one of them, Ventotene, was a haven of mythical sirens, the singing of which Ulysses successfully resisted.
- The cost of a double standard room is € 150-170 per day with breakfast.
- Book Grand Hotel L'Approdo
One of the most popular hotels in Terracina - a three-star hotel in the shape of the ship "Poseidon" - is built 50 meters from the sea, on the territory there are swimming pools - adult and children.
All Poseidon rooms feature a contemporary decor, kitchenette with dishes, fridge, air conditioning, TV, balcony. A sweet and savory continental breakfast is served daily. There is also a bar. You can easily get to the promenade with lots of restaurants.
- The cost of a double room is € 130 per day, breakfast is included.
- Check Hotel Poseidon Availability
How to get from Rome
It is most convenient to get from the capital of Italy to Terracina by rail from Rome Termini Station, where a shuttle bus or Leonardo Express train goes from Fiumicino Airport (Fiumicino Aeroporto).
- A regional train runs from Termini Station on the Rome-Terracina route with a local bus transfer at the Priverno-Fossanova station, the total cost of a class 2 ticket is € 6.90. The morning train leaves from Rome at 5:40, the next 15:36. Starting from this time, flights follow one after another after an hour and a half, the last departure at 21.06. Priverno-Fossanova - the sixth station from Rome, the train travels this distance in 50-55 minutes.
- Bus Priverno-Fossanova - Terracina arrives at the train's arrival at the station and leaves after 5 minutes - enough to get off the train and take a seat on the bus. Travel time to the bus station at Piazza 25 Aprile in the center of Terracina is 35 minutes.
You can clarify the schedule and conditions of the trip, you can purchase tickets at Termini Station or on the official website of Italian Railways www.trenitalia.com. See step-by-step instructions for buying tickets for Italian trains on your own.
- The most comfortable way to get to Terracina from Rome is to order a transfer on Mercedes from a friend of our editorial Sergio at ru.rome4.us. You will be met at the airport and delivered in 1.5 hours with comfort directly to the hotel. The transfer fee is 165 euros per group for up to 4 people.
- Experienced travelers to Italy can take advantage Rent a car directly at Fiumicino Airport. We recommend you to compare rental prices using the auto.italy4.me service. Roads in Italy are paid, the cost is € 7 per 100 km, the distance from Rome to the city of Terracina is 110 km.
Maps of Terracina will help you navigate the city, which can be downloaded in PDF format using the links:
If you have already rested in Terracina, please share your feedback and tips in the comments.