Terracine, a town in the province of Lazio, halfway between Rome and Naples, there is more to it than the obvious virtues of the sun, sand and beautiful Italians on Vespa. Take an interest in the crowd of tourists who gather in the city every summer, almost doubling the population of 45,000 people. Or ask residents of nearby cities who make day trips to Terracina in any weather. What makes this small town worthy of such visits?
Mount Circeo is adjacent to the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Ulysses Riviera, which was so named because the legend says that Odysseus sailed here on his travels. Nothing says "Odysseus was here" like Mount Circeo, which rises from the sea, like a jagged profile of a lying witch. It is said that the sorceress Circe lived there when she intended to turn Greek sailors into beasts. This unique rock formation can be seen from other cities along the Ulysses Riviera and in fact the village of San Felice Circeo is located there, but Terracina is at a very right distance to create the perfect panorama of the sea, sky and mountain. Mount Circeo is visible from most points of the city, of course, not as impressive as when you are in the sea and looking north. Every evening the mountain rises in the flames of sunset: there are never two identical sunsets.
Most Italian cities have ancient quarters that are stunningly different from each other, even within the same region. Unlike the neighboring blue and white Sperlong, the Terracina Historic Center is ocher in color with green shutters and narrow cobbled streets. There are ruins of a mosaic-covered Capitol and a massive square that houses a cafe, town hall and San Cesareo Cathedral, built on the ruins of a Roman temple between the 5th and 6th centuries CE. Several nightclubs located in the ancient quarter attract live music lovers, mesmerized tourists and locals.
The Jove Anxour Temple can be considered the most famous historical site of Terracina. It was built by the Romans in the 1st century AD on the top of Mount Sant'Angelo, has a height of 1402 m, overlooking the enchanting landscape: the changing sea, Mount Circeo and the city below. The view is incredibly romantic and it pleases the eye over the past two thousand years. If these walls of the temple could speak, they would tell a lot.
Is there more fun than eating fresh seafood on the beach? Terracina's restaurants range from family eateries to seafood shacks to small osteria, led by young chefs. You can try traditional national seafood dishes - risotto alla pescator, fritty squid, while culinary masterpieces grown on land include hot boar sausage, deep-fried donuts that are traditionally eaten hot at night. Terracina is famous for its festivals, including the Strawberry Festival in late spring, the Chestnut Festival in autumn, and the Muscatel Grape Festival in late summer. Legend has it that Terracina muscat wine was Ulysses wine, and Terracina muscat wine was the sweetest in the region.
And now we will tell you what people do in Terracina for fun. For a relatively small city, Terracina has an excellent music scene, because it attracts fans from all over the province. Local groups rejuvenate traditional folk music; You can listen to Italian reggae, as well as Italian rap tracks with rhymes written in the local dialect of Terracina. Local spin master DJ Amaro can mix funny rhythms like a chemist. The musicians and producers of Terracina are constantly striving to strengthen the presence of the city at Italian and world music events - there is even a beginner recording studio. Every year, the Anxur fashion festival brings together the best music artists from all over Italy and the UK.
If you rent a yacht for a vacation, you will get many benefits, because with a yacht your vacation will be more intense.
Buses to Terracina run from Laurentina, the terminus of line B of the Roman Metro. Departures every hour, on the way about 2 hours