J72 Route 13. DCGENTA. From Terni
The line enters into the broad and fertile valley of the Vol¬
turno, which is crossed at first above, then below the junction
of the Calore. Stat. Dugenta; on the Isclero, 2 M. farther up
5. Agata de' Goti is situated, on the site of the ancient Saticola.
The pass between S. Agata and Mojano is deemed by some to
be the Caudine Forks, as the locality agrees better with Livy's
description than the pass near Arpaja (p. 11). Stat. Valle; the
railway ascends, passes under the centre arch of the Ponti della
Valle (p. 11), whose turrets are seen on the r. skirting the
Monte Taburno, and descends to Maddaloni (p. 11) and Caserta
From Caserta to Naples the line traverses the richest and most
highly cultivated part of the Terra di Lavoro. The last stations
are Marc ionise, Aversa (p. 24), S. Antimo, Fratta-Grumo and
Casoria. To the 1. glimpses of Vesuvius are occasionally obtained
between the trees. Arrival at Naples (central station) see p. 25.
14. From Terni to Naples by Aquila and through
This route, replete with picturesque scenery, traverses flie mountainous
district in the interior of Italy. From Popoli it coincides with R. 12 and
like the latter terminates at Caianiello on the Rome and Naples line.
Distance about 168 M., traversed daily by Corriere, more rapid and com¬
fortable and in every respect preftrable to the private diligences. On the
completion of the network of railways now in the course of construction,
this remarkably interesting route will probably be visited by numerous
travellers. From Terni, a station on the Rome and Ancona line, the
railway route will proceed by Rieti and Aquila to Popoli, corresponding
with the present route, where it will unite with the line destined to con¬
nect Pescara, Popoli, the Lago di Fucino and Isoletta.
The road ascends from Terni to the heights whence the water¬
falls of the Velino (visited from Papigno, in the ravine to the 1.)
descend and, remaining on the 1. bank of the river, traverses a
mountainous and wooded district. Where it reaches the plain
of Rieti, it describes a long curve at the foot of the heights
(a shorter footpath, available in dry weather only, intersects the
plain in a straight direction), as far as the point where the moun¬
tains approach the river. Here the Velino is crossed by the Ponte
di Terria, where it is joined by the Turano to the 1., and the
road proceeds on the r. bank to Rieti, 3 M. distant.
Another road, somewhat longer, but far more picturesque, diverges from
the height, where the waterfalls are situated, to the 1. and crosses to the r.
bank of the river. It soon reaches the beautiful mountain-lake of Piedilugo
and skirts its spacious bays as far as the village of the same name, this
being the shorter half of the route. The lemaining portion traverses a tract
of mountain and forest till the plain of Rieti is attained, where the Fiuma-
rone, a tributary of the Velino, fed by several small lakes, is crossed. To
the r. the lake 'of Ripa Soltile, to the I. that of Capo d'Acqua.