Alvito, Lazio

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Alvito
Comune
Comune di Alvito
Remains of the Alvito Castle.
Remains of the Alvito Castle.
Coat of arms of Alvito
Coat of arms
Alvito is located in Italy
Alvito
Alvito
Location of Alvito in Italy
Coordinates: 41°41′N 13°44′E / 41.683°N 13.733°E / 41.683; 13.733
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province Frosinone (FR)
Frazioni Sant'Onofrio
Government
 • Mayor Duilio Martini (since May 2006)
Area
 • Total 52 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation 475 m (1,558 ft)
Population (1 December 2009)
 • Total 2,897
 • Density 56/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym Alvitani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03041
Dialing code 0776
Patron saint St. Valerius Martyr
Saint day First Tuesday after Pentecost
Website Official website

Alvito is a town and comune in central Italy, in the province of Frosinone, south of Rome in the Lazio region. Its home to one of the oldest Italian castles.

History[edit]

Alvito was called in antiquity "Albitum", and was later a possession of the Abbey of Montecassino, and then of the Counts of Aquino and the Cantelmo family.

Alvito was the seat of a Duchy, created in 1454, on the boundary of the Kingdom of Naples (later, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies). Alvito, together with Sora, remained faithful to the Angevine line during the conquest of Alfonso V of Aragon, being conquered by the Aragonese only in 1496. Later it was a possession of the Gallio family.

Main sights[edit]

The village is articulated in three district urban nuclei that include: la Rocca (fortress), il Peschio, il Borgo Basso, contained in long town-walls still well preserved here and there. The Palazzo Ducale (or Palazzo Gallio, Ducal Palace), built in Renaissance style by Tolomeo Gallio in the late 16th-early 17th centuries, is located on the main road of the Basso Suburb, constituting the true nucleus of the present village. A little bit forward, on the left hand, a short small road goes uphill to the Church of S. Teresa. The Church is of baroque style, with a high portal.

The Parish of S. Simeone (16th century) has a Romanesque bell tower and an 18th-century interior. From the church, passing through a Gothic gate, is a stairway leading to the ex-monastery of S. Nicholas, destroyed by the earthquake in 1915, restored in 1934: it has maintained the chorus and the inlaid cupboards of the 18th century, ordered by Pope Clement XIV.

Historical Population[edit]

Year 1861 1881 1901 1921 1936 1951 1971 1991 2001
Population 3.822 5.041 6.290 6.809 5.391 4.934 3.289 3.151 3.031

Source: ISTAT

Notable Alvitani[edit]

Alvito is the place of birth of:

Twin towns[edit]