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A day on the beach in Torre Astura

Torre Astura, Latina, Italy

A trip to Astura, a hidden place, but existing and very nice, that has nothing to envy to other regions of beaches or other places in the world.

It is located in Neptune, and can only be reached via a path along two kilometers on foot, or by boat across a small channel that docks directly to the beach more direct. From there you can go ahead and find a slice of incredibly beautiful. There's a lot of people resort to these parts, of course they are not very well known or easily accessible. This makes it attractive to those looking for peace and relaxation, to those who really want to enjoy a day in the sun and sea water clean and clear!

Now that we have published this text, maybe a lot more people will know about Astura, but we trust in the "turn over" and the ability to keep nice and the place. Everyone must keep the natural environment clean in order to ensure the beauty and uniqueness that it possesses.

is a tower and fortified islet of Lazio, in the territory of the city of Neptune, about ten miles southeast from the town.

It is situated along the main road from Neptune Acciarella that leads to Latin America. After the great forest of Foglino, continue for about 5 km; at the first intersection, turn right and after three Foceverde km you will reach a large parking lot. From here, a walk that takes you to Astura. The territory of Astura is now included within dell'UTTAT (Technical Territorial Land Armaments) of the Defence Ministry, formerly known as Military Polygon Neptune. It grows to about 8 kilometers along the Tyrrhenian coast within the municipal area. The landscape is mostly flat, with stretches of low vegetation in grass and bushes of Mediterranean (kept so by the military, for their tutorials) and forest areas characterized by mixed deciduous forests (oaks, Farnetti, oaks and maples in prevalence) in the inner areas and in the vicinity of the sea, from the evergreen woods of holm oak and cork often surmounted by the thick foliage of pine trees planted by man in the past. The entire coastal area is low and sandy and remains almost unaltered important traits of naturalness, with high dune ridges on which they grow the Ammophila arenaria and Pancratium maritimum, two species of great value botanist. Risk area in ancient times for the dry and the sudden ridges of rock, the seabed surrounding the castle are rich in archaeological finds, object, until the seventies, an uncontrolled looting.

History [edit | edit source]

Conrad of Swabia

Remains of fish pond belonging to the Roman Villa of Torre Astura the site (you can see the tower). The first phase of construction dates back to the first century BC. It could be the villa of Astura belonged to Cicero, who spoke in his letters to Atticus.
The Astura was a Roman harbor at the mouth of the same name along the way Severiana, home of villas since the first century BC One of these was Cicero, and Astura was the scene of the last stages of his futile escape from Antonio [1]. The site was built between the end of the Republic and the beginning of the imperial age, a villa structured partly on the mainland and partly on an artificial island, with a large fish pond, the remains of which are still visible ( on the walls at sea was then made the castle) [2]. Starting from the Roman Astura represented in fact an extension to the east and the border of the colony of Antium [3] and its amenities was a place much loved by the Roman nobles, who chose to build their leisure villas.

In 1193 the site was in possession of the Frangipane to protect themselves from the Saracens built a fortress at sea with a pentagonal tower surrounded by water and connected to the mainland by a bridge arched brick. In the area that surrounds it is a pine forest where the river Astura. In 1268, Conrad of Swabia, who was defeated in Tagliacozzo, took refuge in Astura, in the homonymous tower, but John Frangipane, lord of this land gave it to Charles of Anjou, King of Naples, so he was beheaded at Campo Moricino, the current Piazza del Mercato in Naples. In 1426, after being a fief of the Orsini and Caetani, passed under the Colonna, who rebuilt the castle, giving it its current appearance, and sold it in 1594 to Pope Clement VIII Aldobrandini. From these, over the Aldobrandini family, went to the Borghese, from whom it was sold to the town of Neptune in the seventies.

The image of Astura [edit | edit source]
From Astura your gaze from Circeo at Anzio and up to the reclamation site was surrounded by swampy forest that occupied the Pontine immediately behind the coastal dunes. Gregorovius As noted in 1854, "With Neptune ceases human civilization on this coast, because immediately behind the town begins the pontine desert. The stain extends up to Terracina. ».

This position, along with the wild nature of the area, usually only frequented and inhabited by poor farmers, cowboys and buffalo, cops and robbers, strongly urged the fantasy of the few writers who travel them they walked in the nineteenth century. You need to Gregorovius Gabriele D'Annunzio and fascinating descriptions of the place in the second half of the century.

In times closer to us, the castle was used as the setting for several films (from "Pinocchio" television until "Brancaleone at the Crusades").



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