504 Envir. of Borne. LAGOTSl F(5NDO. 6. Volscian Mts.
thence, in 1 hr., to the Semàforo or signal-station (1225 ft.). The view
hence is magnificent: to the S.E. Ischia, Capri, and Mt. Vesuvius are
distinctly visible; to the N.W. the dome or St. Peter's can be distin¬
guished ; to the E. and N.E. we see the mountains as far as Velletri ; to
the S. is the sea, with the Ponza Islands. — The summit of the mountain
(1775 ft.) may be reached from San Felice in about 21/2 hrs. (with guide;
11/2 fr.), the final ascent being steep and fatiguing. On the top, which
commands an extensive view including the dome of St. Peter's in clear
weather, are some remains erroneously attributed to a Tempie of Circe.
The hill is strewn with the remains of Roman buildings ; thus, about
halfway up the N. side, under a group of lofty trees to the left of the
path to the Lago di Paola, is a low parapet of Roman workmanship
enclosing a well called the Fontana ai Mezzo Monte. — Remains of
Roman palaces and water-works ('including the so-called Piscina di
Lucullo and, farther to the N.E., the Fonte della Bagnaia) have also
been found at Lago di Paola, a small lake at the N. base of the pro¬
montory, which served as a harbour for the town of Cercei. Cicero and
Atticus, Tiberius and Domitian frequently resorted to this spot. —- On
the seaward side of the promontory are several extensive grottoes, some
of them accessible only by boat. — Travellers pressed for time can visit
the Semaforo from Terracina and return on the same day.
The Lago di Fondi, originally a bay of the sea but now (owing
to alluvial deposits) a marshy lake, situated to the N.E. of Terracina
amidst dense woods, and connected with the sea by two channels, may
be visited by boat (about 6 fr.). We enter by the E. channel at the
Torre Sant' Anastasia and emerge by the W. channel at the Torre
Canneto. The ancient name of the lake was Lacus Fundanus or Amy-
clanus, from the now vanished town of Amyclae, said to have been
founded on this spot by Laconian refugees.
From Terracina to Formia and Gaeta, see Baedeker's Southern