A structure that covers a chronological period of between the first and ninth centuries AD, located on an area of about 2,500 square meters, was discovered in the territory of Cisterna di Latina, at the point in which the via Appia crosses via Ninfina. The complex is probably to be identified with the statio Tres Tabernae recalled by the literary and historical sources, as the place in which a group of faithful met Saint Paul as he was being led to Rome in chains. A small settlement developed around the station, which became Episcopal seat in 313 AD and remained such until the ninth century. The archaeological investigations have discovered a side road of the Appia, on which appear a series of both public and private buildings which were constructed at different times. Among the remains there is a small balneum, a well built in opera reticulatum, and a large cistern. A series of rooms paved with mosaic alternating with open spaces was also discovered. Structures in opus vittatum belong to the later installation. A series of three contiguous rooms facing a long corridor, accessible from the Appia, were paved with black-and-white mosaics datable to the second century AD. The figurative repertoire of the mosaics consists of geometric and naturalistic motifs. In the northern part of the site a further group of rooms was found, belonging to a building of prestige of the second century AD. This was composed of numerous rooms, one heated, arranged around an open central space. These areas, too, were decorated with rich, original black-and-white mosaic geometric pavements.
- Nicoletta Cassieri - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio
- Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio
- Comune di Cisterna di Latina
- Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
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