Tor Tre Ponti
Archive and Library of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation
In the historical complex Tor Tre Ponti, along the Via Appia, are kept the archive and the library of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation with documents dating back to the early twentieth century, belonged to the Caetani Family, and other general administrative documentation.
The structure is also the headquarters of the Foundation's administrative offices.
Tor Tre Ponti houses the archive and the library of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation with documents dating back to the early twentieth century, belonging to the Caetani Family, and other general administrative documentation.
Tel: +39 0773 63 22 31
Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TOR TRE PONTI COACHING INN
The toponym of ancient origin Tre Ponti / Tripontium, preserves the memory of the coaching inn (the seventh from Rome) for the public postal service of Tripontium (three bridges), so named for the presence in the site of a three span bridge, reconstructed as part of the works started, in this stretch of the ancient Appian Way, by Emperor Nerva and concluded by Trajan (as reported by the milestone visible in front of the current church of S. Paolo in the hamlet of Tor Tre Ponti).
The toponym of medieval origins Torre Tre Ponti / Tor Tre Ponti is reported in the archive documentation of the Middle Ages and in the historical cartography relating to the reclamation of the Pontine marshes from the early modern age, and recalls a tower built on the ancient Via Appia.
The fortified structure was built in order to control and defend not only the passage on the Via Appia, but also the mill owned by the municipality, the lands and the fishery of the monastery of Santa Maria Tre Ponti.
In 1777, Pope Pius VI Braschi (1775-1799) started the works for the reclamation of the Pontine marshes.
The structures related to the postal service and the restaurant, active since 1784, were completed after 1790. They also included the house of engineers of the Pontine reclamation, the District of Cavalry, a stable and a chapel. The Church of St. Paul and the convent were built between 1790 and 1796.
An inscription preserved in the portico of the Church recalls that the entire complex was wanted by Pope Pius VI in memory of the passage of the Apostle Paul along the Via Appia.
From the end of the 18th century there was a rapid decline caused by the Napoleonic vicissitudes in Italy: the French army used the Church, the convent and the post as garrison district. In 1831 Pope Gregory XVI restored the Church. In 1934, a subsequent restoration took place, on the occasion of which Gelasio Caetani donated an altar from the 1572, until then located near the Church of Sant’Antonio in the nearby Cisterna di Latina.
TOR TRE PONTI TODAY
On the 23rd of November 2012, at the end of the restoration works,
the eighteenth-century historical complex of Tor Tre Ponti was open to the public
Restoration of the building
The recovery works began in 2011 with resources from the Roffredo and Camillo Foundations and a contribution from the Lazio Region. With the authorizations of the law, in particular of the Superintendency of the Monuments of Lazio, the architectonic frills have been demolished, the ancient rooms have been restored (in particular, the great hall, destined to meetings and conferences), the wide corridors have been reopened; the mechanical elements no longer usable were removed, the roof was restored, the façade was cleaned and the original architectural values restored.
The recovered part of the monumental complex constitutes a first element of the cultural pole that the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, in agreement with the territorial institutional subjects and with other cultural organizations, wants
to put at the service of the citizens, in particular of Latina (it is not a coincidence that this happened within the 80 years since the inauguration of Littoria) and of the Pontine and lepine territory: Tor Tre Ponti is situated in a position of connection and area of ancient cultural flows and exchange between plain and hill.
Some paintings by Lelia Caetani, who established the Foundation named after his father Roffredo, illustrating Ninfa, the Pontine plain and the villages of the lepine mountains, are permanently exposed.
The monumental complex Tor Tre Ponti is a heritage available to citizens who want to grow culturally, also following the initiatives of the Foundation.
Tor Tre Ponti Today
Historical complex Tor Tre Ponti
Fondazione Roffredo Caetani di Sermoneta onlus
Via Appia km 66,400
Località Tor Tre Ponti
04100 Latina (LT)