Pomezia, in the province of Roma, is less than a 100 years old and is the result of the draining of the Pontine marshes. It was built by order of the fascist dicatator Benito Mussolini and was inaugurated on October 29, 1939. The original population of the town consisted of poor peasants having arrived from the north of Italy.
Pomezia was first to be called Ausonia, but the name was changed before the work was even finished. The town took only 18 months to build, the first stone having been laid by Mossolini himself on April 25, 1938.
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Originally meant to be an agricultural village, after the war, during which it was bombed heavily as a result of the presence of the German army, Pomezia became an industrial center, also thanks to the money pumped into the south of Italy through the so-called Cassa per il Mezzogiorno.
In the 80′s when the money for the south dwindled many smaller businesses, and later bigger ones as well, were forced to close their doors. In the 2nd half of the 90′s Pomezia started growing again, since many Romans started moving there, but its lack of infrastructure (there is no train station in Pomezia itself, only in the frazione of S. Palombo) has never allowed it to really develop.
For tourists the “frazione” of Pomezia called Pratica di Mare is interesting because it is the location of the ancient port of Lavinium.
The Pratica di Mare Air Force Base is often a location for air shows.
The Zoomarine water amusement park is in Torvaianica, another frazione of Pomezia. There are free shuttle buses from Roma Termini (Bar Trombetta, right across from the Via Marsala Exit, 9AM and 10AM, full is full and precedence is given to those already in possession of a ticket for the amusement park.)
The frazioni of Pomezia, in alphabetical order:
Borgo Santa Rita – Campo Lemini – Cinque Poderi – Colle Santa Procula – Conforti – Guardapasso – La Macchiozza – Le Vittorie – Monachelle – Opera Bartolomasi – Pratica di Mare – Santa Palomba – Santa Procula – Sedici Pini-Colli di Enea – Spiaggia di Rio Torto – Stazione di Pomezia – Sughereto – Torvaianica – Torvaianica Alta – Vicerè – Zingarini – Zolforata
Similar towns reclaimed from the marshy land are Sabaudia, Aprilia and Pontinia.
Pomezia Practical Information
|Address||Pomezia (Postal Code: 00040)|
|District||Province of Roma, Lazio, Italy|
|Hotels nearby||Hotels in Pomezia near Rome|
|Telephone||Phone: +39 06....|
|Opening Hours||Not applicable|
|Public transport||Train from Roma Termini to S.Palomba; Cotral bus to Pomezia (see directions)|
|Special Holidays/Events||July 11, Feast of the Patron Saint of Pomezia, San Benedetto da Norcia.|
Directions to the Pomezia
By public transport
There is a CoTraL bus from the EUR Laurentina underground station. Alternatively you can take a train from Roma Termini (the price is 1,90 Euros for a singel trip and the travel time is, though every train is listed as R (regional), anything between 14 and 38 minutes. Supposedly the train station is in the frazione of S. Palombo, 7km from the center of Pomezia, which might be why the official Pomezia website only mentions the Cotral bus.
Drive along the Via Cristoforo Colombo in southern direction. Then follow the Via Pontina (SS148) to Pomezia. The distance from Rome is about 22km (14 miles).