Cisterna di Latina

Cisterna di Latina lies on the western edge of the Pontina Plain, 70 kilometres from Rome and 20 from Latina.
During the Roman era it was the last town before arriving at the Decennovium Pontino on the Via Appia. Its origins can be found in the Tres Tabernae. According to the Acts of the Apostles, it was one of the two villages where Saint Paul met the first groups of Christians on his way to Rome. Cisterna Latina began thriving from the 13th century under the rule of the Caetani Family, who made it the centre of their financial affairs. In 1944, during the landing of the US troops at Anzio, it was nearly levelled and the old town destroyed.
Sites worth visiting are the 16th century Caetani Palace with its magnificent grottoes and collection of works depicting horses and “butteri” (the local cattle herders), the Biondi Fountain dedicated to the triumph over malaria and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
But the true pride of the city are the Ninfa Gardens, a stunning natural oasis 15 kilometres away where plants and flowers from all over the world grow luxuriously.
The original rural economy has been complemented by several industries. Most of these are connected with the cultivation and processing of vegetables, wine grapes, grains and especially kiwi and other exotic fruits, which now drive the local rural economy and make Cisterna di Latina the leader in their production and export.
Interesting events are the Ricalata Fair, which once marked the return of the shepherds from the transhumance, and the historical re-enactments and jousts, the Giostra del Saraceno and the Palio dell’Anello.

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