|Comune di Filettino|
|• Mayor||Paolo de Meis|
|• Total||77.66 km2 (29.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,063 m (3,488 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2014)|
|• Density||7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Bernardino of Siena|
|Saint day||20 May|
Filettino is a village and comune located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of Rome and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Frosinone. Filettino borders the following municipalities: Canistro, Capistrello, Cappadocia, Castellafiume, Civitella Roveto, Guarcino, Morino, Trevi nel Lazio, Vallepietra.
Originally a place of the Aequi, and remaining a tiny hamlet until the 1st century AD, it became a refuge for people fleeing from Saracen invasions in 800 AD, due to its mountainous location. In 1297 it fell under the control of Pietro Caetani, nephew of Pope Boniface VIII, whose family became notorious as cruel and oppressive, crushing various uprisings until the last of the Filettino Caetanis was executed in 1602 at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. In the same year it was entered by Pope Clement VII into the Apostolic Chamber and was thus subsequently absorbed into the Papal States until the States themselves were annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1870.
Campaign for independence
In August 2011, following an Italian government announcement that all villages with under 1,000 residents would have to merge with nearby villages in order to cut administrative costs, forcing Filettino to merge with the neighbouring town of Trevi nel Lazio, the village's then mayor Luca Sellari started a campaign for Filettino to become an "independent state".
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Bridges, Peter. "Notes From Italy: Villains, Romance, and Views". California Literary Review. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Italian town Filettino declares independence". BBC News. 3 September 2011.
- "In an Italian Town, Dreams of Freedom On a Princely Scale". The New York Times. 29 August 2011.
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