|Comune di Campodimele|
|• Mayor||Roberto Zannella|
|• Total||38 km2 (15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||647 m (2,123 ft)|
|Population (1 June 2009)|
|• Density||18/km2 (46/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St Onuphrius|
|Saint day||12 June|
The economy is mostly based on agriculture.
Campus Mellis rose probably over the ruins of Apiola, a very ancient Latin city, destroyed by Tarquinius Priscus, fifth king of Rome (579 BC); the ruins of Apiola are visible 6 km away from the present-day historic center of Campodimele. In the 6th century AD the Lombards established the first fortified settlement, while in the following century if was part of the possessions of the Monastery of Montecassino.
From 916 it was acquired by the Duchy of Gaeta. Campo de Melle is mentioned again in a donation by the Consul of Fondi in 1072. In 1087, Pope Victor III has a list of the abbey's property sculpted onto the bronze door of the Basilica of Montecassino. In 1384 it became a possession of the Caetani family of Fondi, but, in 1497, King Frederick IV of Naples gave the county of Fondi with the surrounding duchies, including Campodimele, to the Colonna family.
In 1534 Giulia Gonzaga fled her from the attempted capture by the Algerian pirate Hayreddin Barbarossa. In 1591 the fief was inherited by Luigi Carafa, Prince of Stigliano. Campodimele gained municipal rights in 1813.
- The walls (11th century AD).
- Monastery of Sant'Onofrio, founded by Desiderius of Montecassino in the 11th century.
- Parish church of San Michele Arcangelo, built in the 11th century over a pre-existing pagan temple.
- Church of Annunziata (13th century)
Campodimele can be reached through the Liri Valley State Road 82.
Longevity of residents
- Longevity Way of Life in Italy Mountain Hamlet : Research: Focus varies from lifestyle to blood pressure to genetic traits. The locale seems a near-ideal union of the classic Mediterranean diet and healthy bucolic living. Los Angeles Times, USA. Published February 05, 1995. Accessed 10 July 2011.
- The secrets to a long life. Daily Telegraph, UK. Published 10 July 2011. Accessed 10 July 2011.
- Lawson, Tracey (2011). A Year in the Village of Eternity: the Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy. Bloomsbury. ISBN 1-59691-502-1.
- Official website (Italian)