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Arpino, the town of Cicero

The origins of Arpino go back at the beginning of time. Legend has it that the town together with other Ciociarian towns (Alatri, Ferentino, Atina, Anagni) was founded by Saturn, the patron god of harvesting. Its first inhabitants have been identified with the mythical Pelasgians, the pre-Hellenic people who are believed to be the builders of the huge fortifications called “cyclopean...

The abbey of Casamari

The abbey of Casamari is situated in the territory of Veroli (Frosinone), on the Via Maria, mid-way between Frosinone and Sora, and lies on a rocky hill sloping down to the torrent Amaseno, at about 300 metres above sea-level. It was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman municipium named Cereatae, being dedicated to the goddess Ceres, at...

The Abbey of Valvisciolo

The Abbey of Valvisciolo is situated in the territory of Sermoneta (Province of Latina in central Italy), at the foot of Mount Corvino. The history of this monastery is complex and the name also conceals part of a mystery. Valvisciolo might mean Valley of the Nightingale (vallis lusciniae) or Valley of the Wild Cherries. It is confirmed that the...

The Garden of Ninfa

Ninfa, declared a Natural Monument by Regional Law in 2000, is located in the municipalities of Cisterna di Latina and Sermoneta. It was a medieval city for which reminiscent evidence still exists, including part of the castle, the walls, the completely restored municipal building and relics of churches and city buildings. Above all, Ninfa, is a magnificent natural oasis, unique...

Ascoli Piceno, some pictures

Piazza del Popolo “People’s Square” assumed its current rectangular aspect in the first half of the 1500’s with the addition of graceful columned porticoes which served to keep the disorderly artisans’ workshops hidden from view. They formed an aesthetic link with the massive pre-existent medieval buildings, the Captains’ Palace and the Church of S. Francesco. The result is an asset...

Sermoneta medieval village and its castle

Sermoneta is a hill town and in the province of Latina in central Italy. Sermoneta's fortune dates back to the end of the 13th century when the Caetani family took up residence there, with said family's leading members including a pope, Pope Boniface VIII. A large and impressive castle was built immediately which also served to protect its inhabitants and was the...

Norma medieval town

Situated at 410 m. on a sheer rocky spur (la Rave), this dominates the Pontine plain (Province of Latina, central Italy). The origins of the present town date from the Middle Age but its name is derived from the ancient Norba, destroyed by the Romans in 82 b.C. and never reconstructed, which stood at Civitas, approximately a kilometre away....

Livorno in Tuscany

Founded by the Medici and given city status in 1606, Livorno became a haven for those persecuted for their religion, race or politics. The many Foreign Nations which settled in the city brought with them a wealth of entrepreneurship and customs . The original character of this lively and well-connected city can be experienced by walking through its streets and admiring testimonies...

Montecassiano medieval village

Montecassiano is located in the Italian region of Le Marche, in the Province of Macerata. This charming place is best known for its medieval buildings and architecture along with historic sights, which is the main tourist attraction. Founded in the 5th century, perhaps by people fleeing from the near Roman town Ricina, Montecassiano stands on the top of a hill at 215...

Some pictures of Spello medieval town

After the Ancient Umbrii who according to many historians founded Spello, came the Romans who called the colony Julia Hispellum (circa 41 BC) and gave impetus to the town's most important historical period. After the fall of the Roman Empire the town was destroyed by the Ostrogoths led by Totila and became part of the Longobard Duchy of Spoleto....

The Holy House of Loreto, outside the Basilica

An ancient tradition claims that the walls of the Shrine came from Nazareth, Galilee - the Holy House is the same House where Mary, Our Lady was born, grew, and received the angelic announcement. Loreto is a typical example of a Shrine that gave rise to a town; over the centuries, the vicissitudes of the city overlapped those of...

Serrapetrona medieval village in Marche Region

Famous in history for the bloody battles between the Goths and the Byzantines, Serrapetrona is little more than a village that spreads along the north-west bank of the Caccamo lake and the city of Tolentino. It is a charming small village nestled in the Monti Azzurri (Blue Mountains), in the heart of the Macerata area, on the right side...

Caldarola and Pallotta Castle – Region Marche

Caldarola owes its name to the latin term “CALIDARIUM” , which would mean the room with a “bath tub full of hot water” coming from thermal baths. Local tradition dates the town origins back to the 4th century A.D., when a group of Christian people, escaped to persecutions and reached the “colle del cuculo”-Colcù- (lit. cuckoo hill), would built...

Some pictures of Trevi medieval town

Founded by the Romans, it was an important town along the Via Flaminius. At the fall of the Roman Empire, having already been Christianised by Bishop Emiliano, it was occupied by the Longobards and included in the Duchy of Spoleto. During the Middle Ages Trevi was ruled by Foligno and Spoleto. Political and military instability continued until the 16th...

Montefalco, passion for falcon hunting…

Montefalco takes its name from the passion for falcon hunting of Frederic II who spent an entire year here in 1249. Montefalco was already an important municipality in Roman times due to its dominant position above the valley connecting Spoleto and Perugia. From the 11th century the town flourished in the culture of the free communes and the Renaissance. The...

Bevagna medieval town

An ancient Umbrian centre, the first documentation of it coincides with the Roman conquest of Umbria, when the Romans took over the area and built the western Via Flaminia (220 BCE) and other roads connecting to it. In the year 90 BCE, the town became an important Roman municipality by the name of Mevania. In 1439 it became part...

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