Ausonia, Lazio

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Ausonia
Comune
Comune di Ausonia
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Coat of arms of Ausonia
Coat of arms
Ausonia is located in Italy
Ausonia
Ausonia
Location of Ausonia in Italy
Coordinates: 41°21′N 13°45′E / 41.350°N 13.750°E / 41.350; 13.750
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Frosinone (FR)
Frazioni Madonna del Piano, Selvacava
Government
 • Mayor Benedetto Cardillo
Area
 • Total 20 km2 (8 sq mi)
Elevation 178 m (584 ft)
Population (31 December 2014)
 • Total 2,644
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ausoniesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03040
Dialing code 0776
Patron saint St. Michael
Saint day September 29
Website Official website
Portal of the Santuario di Santa Maria del Piano.

Ausonia is a town and comune in southern Lazio, central Italy. It takes its name from the Ausones/Aurunci, whose ancient town Ausona (member of the Auruncan Pentapolis), located nearby, was destroyed by the Romans in 314 BC. In the Middle Ages it was known as Fratte.

Ausonia is located near the border between Lazio and Campania, in a valley between the Monti Aurunci and the Mainarde. Its names stems from Ausona, an ancient city of the Osci, whose location however has not been identified after it was destroyed by the Romans in 314 BC. The finding of Latin inscriptions devoted to Hercules suggest that a pilgrimage road could pass from here in ancient times.

The main attraction is the sanctuary of Santa Maria del Piano (15th century, although founded in 1100). Its sacristy has a maiolica pavement from the 17th-century Neapolitan school, and a polyptych by Giovanni Filippo Criscuolo (1531). The crypt has medieval frescoes with stories of the life of St Remicarda.

Other churches include the 12th-century San Michele Arcangelo and the church of Santa Maria di Correano.

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