Sonnino

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Sonnino
Comune
Comune di Sonnino
Coat of arms of Sonnino
Coat of arms
Sonnino is located in Italy
Sonnino
Sonnino
Location of Sonnino in Italy
Coordinates: 41°25′N 13°14′E / 41.417°N 13.233°E / 41.417; 13.233
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province Latina (LT)
Frazioni Capocroce, Cerreto, Frasso, La Sassa, Sonnino Scalo
Government
 • Mayor Gino Cesare Gasbarrone
Area
 • Total 63 km2 (24 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (31 December 2009)
 • Total 7,258
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym Sonninesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 04010
Dialing code 0773
Patron saint St. Gaspar del Bufalo and St. Mark
Saint day October 21 and April 25
Website Official website

Sonnino is a town and comune in the province of Latina, in the Lazio region of central Italy.

It is the birthplace of Italian national team footballer Alessandro Altobelli, and Roman Catholic archbishop Velasio de Paolis.

History[edit]

Originating in the late Middle Ages (the name deriving perhaps from the Latin sommum, meaning "top"), Sonnino is mentioned for the firs time in a Papal bull from 999. It was held first by the De Sompnino, and was acquired by Onorato I Caetani in 1369. The castle was inhabited by the Caetani d'Aragona until they sold it in 1469 to the Colonna, who were later followed by the Antonelli and the Talani families.

In July 1819 Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, Secretary of State at the Vatican, ordered Sonnino to be razed to the ground as it had become a notorious haunt of the banditi in the Campagna di Roma.

Twin towns[edit]