Archaeological and medieval itinerary 1
Archaeological and medieval itinerary: Roccasecca, Frosinone, archaeological museum of Fregellae in Ceprano, Aquino, Cassino, Arpino
“Wonder is the desire for knowledge”
Ceprano: The Ciociaria has a number of very interesting museums which illustrate the rich history of the area. The earliest evidence of human life in Ciocaria is housed in the Prehistoric Museum of Pofi, where the remains of the “Man of Ceprano”, the oldest Homo Erectus known in Europe, dating to about 900.000 years ago, are conserved.
The Archaeological Area “Casale” (23.000 sq.m) of Castro di Volsci with the remains of a Roman imperial villa with a bath complex and the Civic Museum is also very interesting.
Not far away, in the area of Isoletta (Arce), one can visit the Archaeological Park of Fregellae, a Latin colony founded in 328 BC on the Via Latina and then destroyed by the Romans in 125 BC. The remains of public monuments and houses can be seen. Many of the finds from Fregellae are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Ceprano. Cassino
Continuing along the Via Latina we find the important Roman city of “Casinum”, present day Cassino. In the National Archaeological Museum of Cassino pre Roman and Roman finds are on display. In the adjacent Archaeological Park one can admire the Theatre, the Amphitheatre and the impressive tomb of Ummidia Quadratilla.
Abbey of Montecassino;
Centre of the Comino valley, of very ancient origins, preserves the remains of the Cyclopean walls of the 5th-4th centuries BC, the Palazzo Ducale and the 18th century church of S. Maria. The most famous local dish is a sublime pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) with the precious cannellini beans of Attina accompanied by the excellent D.O.C. wine Cabernet of Atina. At the wine cellars of the producer Palombi it is possible to organize the tasting of local dishes accompanied by wines of exceptional quality.
Nature reserve of the lake of Posta Fibreno is one of the most beautiful naturalistic oases of central Italy. The Lake, with the area of the Piana del Fibreno (the river which supplies the lake) and the surrounding hills, was established as a Nature Reserve in 1983. In the freezing and limpid waters of the lake, coming from the nearby mountains of the National Park of the Abruzzo, one finds “the floating island” formed by an accumulation of roots, peat and algae. The island, cited by Pliny the Old 2000 years ago, can be seen from the nature path “Puzzillo”, one of the four paths which permit one to appreciate the lake in all its wild beauty.
Canneto valley, site of a famous sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna, destination of one of the most important pilgrimages of central Italy;
Sora cathedral and Republican temple; archaeological museum;
Cistercian church of San Domenico (on the site of the house where Cicero was born);
Arpino: Birthplace of three great personages of the Roman period, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Gaius Marius and perhaps Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, son-in law of Octavian and constructor of the Pantheon. – In the area of the old town (Civitavecchia) is the Acropolis with its impressive Cyclopean walls, the Arch (4th century BC) a striking megalithic gateway unique throughout the world, the Medieval Tower and the picturesque medieval borgo with the church of S. Vito Martire. In the centre of the town, the Piazza del Municipio, elegant salon of the 18th century with the church of S. Michele, the Palazzo Comunale and the Liceo Ginnasio Tulliano.