In 1998 the area where once stood one of the largest factories for paper production of central Italy, the "Latina" paper mill, was granted to the Appia Antica's Regional Park, to establish their headquarters and build a multi-functional center of services and hospitality.
The former "Latina" paper mill, one of the few surviving industrial plant in the city of Rome, is a unique facility of its kind and exceptional for its strategic location near the Aurelian Walls, swept for its entire length by the Almone river, ideally ties together the ancient Appia with the modern via Cristoforo Colombo.
Actually the first evidence of the production history of this place dates back to 1061 when here there was a structure used to full woolen cloths, the valca, used since 1600 by the Capuccini Fathers for the making of woolen fabrics produced in their convent in Rome, at the beginning of '800 was converted into a mill for grinding natural substances for different uses. In 1912 the facility was modified and began the production of paper from linen rags and cotton and later by waste paper.
The factory closed in 1985.
Today the multi-functional complex of the former "Latina" Paper Mill has two exhibition halls (Nagasawa and Appia), a Conference Room, a library, an exhibition space with a Bookshop that hosts educational activities for schools and families.
A furnished garden which houses a didactic vegetable garden, an area dedicated to the traditions of the Roman countryside and a picnic area.
(Pictures from http://www.parcoappiaantica.it/home/il-parco/cartiera-latina)