I woke up early this morning and went for a walk to watch the sunrise from the Girabaldi outlook—very cool to see it come up behind the mountains over the city. We then got an early start for Terracina (about 2 hours south). We visited the sanctuary of Jupiter Anxur (connected to an old Volscian deity there) on a gogeous clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean. On the way out of town we stopped at the spot on the Appian Way where Trajan had his engineers quarry the rock over 100 feet so that the road no longer had to climb over it. In Sperlonga we saw the Grotto of Tiberius, where supposedly he was once rescued from falling rock by his Praetorian Prefect Sejanus. It’s a gorgeous cave that used to have a dining room looking into it and was covered in statues detailing stories from the Odyssey.
After the grotto, we had some lunch in a piazza and headed to the beach. The beach there is wonderful, with soft (if hot) white sand and cool, clear water with amazing views of the mountainous coastline.
For dinner this evening we had green beans & carrots, yummy tomato pasta, pork chops and fried potatoes, and ice cream sundaes. Nicole, Mike, and I hung out at the Girabaldi outlook for a little relaxation after dinner (and saw a nearly full moon rising). Now it is time to get ready for my weekend trip to Lake Como.