Boville Ernica

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Boville Ernica
Comune di Boville Ernica
Location of Boville Ernica
Boville Ernica is located in Italy
Boville Ernica
Boville Ernica
Location of Boville Ernica in Italy
Boville Ernica is located in Lazio
Boville Ernica
Boville Ernica
Boville Ernica (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°39′N 13°28′E / 41.650°N 13.467°E / 41.650; 13.467Coordinates: 41°39′N 13°28′E / 41.650°N 13.467°E / 41.650; 13.467
ProvinceFrosinone (FR)
 • MayorEnzo Perciballi
 • Total28.19 km2 (10.88 sq mi)
450 m (1,480 ft)
 • Total8,525
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0775
Patron saintSt. Pietro Ispano and St. Rocco
Saint dayMarch 11
WebsiteOfficial website

Boville Ernica is a town and comune in the province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. It is located over the summit of a steep hill commanding the Liri, Cosa and Sacco valleys.


The town's history stretches back to pre-Roman times, which is testified by its numerous archaeological findings and prehistoric Pelasgic walls. Its primordial name, "Bauco", recalls the ancient agricultural worship of the god Bove, symbol of fertility. In the archaeological area of Monte Fico, where once stood a temple dedicated to this divinity, there have come to light votive statuettes featuring oxen.

Boville Ernica was once situated on the plains below its present site, but after the Saracen and Hungarian invasions (9th–10th centuries), its population moved to the higher levels of Monte Fico, where the ancient center was transformed into one of the most fortified towns in the region.

Main sights[edit]

In addition to the Pelasgic walls, sights include the castle and its Medieval walls having as many as 18 turrets and towers (alternating as round and square shapes), all standing completely intact.

Boville is also home to many Renaissance palaces and churches. Among them is the church of San Pietro Ispano, erected in the 12th century over the grotto in which for many years the Patron Saint lived. The church still conserves an early-Christian sarcophagus, two reliquaries, belonging to S. Pietro Ispano and S. Lucy, a chapel once belonging to the noble family of the Simoncelli, a Sansovino basrelief and a mosaic attributed to Giotto.



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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