As you may of guessed my name is Paolo Giannetti. I grew up in Terracina (Italy) where now I live with my wife
(Maria) and my son (Daniele, in the photo).
I've been working in IT for the many years; Now I
am a network engineer currently working on some interesting projects.
I love my city and from this webpage you can
access a virtual tour of my Terracina, you can also access my
( in Italian).
About sixty miles from Rome on the Via Appia, Terracina is not only
the Gate to the Kingdom, it is the true Gate of the Sun. In fact, at
this point we enter the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and, at the
same time, the Eldorado of Italy. The colors of the earth, the sky,
the waters, the vineyards and the huge citrus groves, are those whic
Gaugin found in islands of the South Seas.
For anyone coming from Rome, everything changes quite suddenly at
Terracina; one has impression of entering a country outside time,
except that the huge wall overhanging the sea and the city, topped
by the mighty temple of Jove, reminds us of the ancient
history of Terracina, city of the Volsci. The Via Appia used to pass
over the Acropolis up there, Terracina was the key to this highway.
Anyone holding Terracina held the Gate of the Sun. The whole history
of the Roman conquest of Southern Italy hinges on this point, on
this Acropolis which is more ancient than the Capitol itself, in
this city which fought so bitterly against Roman domination and that
later gave Rome her best soldiers, the most reliable, the most
aggressive, those who never betrayed her...who helped Quintus Fabius
Maximus to wear down Hannibal, Marius to exterminate Teutons and
Cimbrians, Caesar to conquer Gaul.
Anyone coming from Rome meets the sea at Terracina, a sea very
different from that of Fregene, Castel Fusano or Anzio and Nettuno;
this is the sea of Ulysses, very clear, of light pastel shades that
the light softens and varies at every moment, colours so alive that
they are visible even by night. The silken sea contrasts with the
earth, which seems of heavy brocade of a purplish colour; in its
sumptuous gold's grow, the most famous wines in Italy, the famous
muscatel of Terracina, the sweetest, fullest Greek grape in the
By Curzio Malaparte (Writer).
from "Il Tempo" magazine, Aug.14 ,1956
Visit my Web Site about Terracina!
in Italy - Click here
in Lazio - Click here
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