After the town of Itri, the Via Appia rejoins the Tyrrhenian coast at Formia, which until the late nineteenth century was known as Mola di Gaeta. This sketch depicts a view looking south from Formia to the distant headland of the Bay of Gaeta. Turner’s viewpoint here may be the Villa Rubina, the remains of a Roman residence popularly known as the Villa of Cicero, see folio 29 (D15611; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 28). The area had further associations with the Roman orator. A ruined monument believed to be his tomb can be found on the Via Appia just outside of Formia, see the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate D15160; Turner Bequest CLXXX 28a).
The landscape view of a town amidst mountains in the top left-hand corner is currently unidentified.
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