The Garden Guide

Book: Journey and Embassy to Samarkand
Chapter: Ruy Gonzalez De Clavijo

Ponza Island and Terracina

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On Tuesday she was off an island called Ponza, which is uninhabited, but in former times it was peopled, and there were two monasteries on it, and grand edifices erected by Virgil; and on the left of this island some high mountains were in sight which are on the main land, and are called Montecarzel, where there is a castle called St. Felice, in the dominions of King Lanzalago {Ladislaus}. A little further on she passed other mountains, also on the main land, and came in sight of a town which is called Taracena {Terracina}, in the Roman territory, and twelve leagues distant from Rome. Between the sea and the town there were fruit gardens and tall trees, and between these gardens and the town there was a monastery, which was once occupied by nuns, but they had all been carried off by the Moors of Barbary.