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Comune di Patrica
Patrica panorama1.jpg
Patrica is located in Italy
Location of Patrica in Italy
Coordinates: 41°35′N 13°15′E / 41.583°N 13.250°E / 41.583; 13.250
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Frosinone (FR)
 • Mayor Lucio Fiordaliso
 • Total 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 450 m (1,480 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 3,147
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Patricani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03010
Dialing code 0775
Patron saint San Rocco
Saint day August 16
Website Official website

Patrica is an ancient hill-top comune (municipality) in the Province of Frosinone in the Italian region Lazio, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Rome and about 10 kilometres (6 mi) southwest of Frosinone. It is part of Ciociaria, not far from the Monti Lepini. It borders Ceccano, Frosinone, Giuliano di Roma, and Supino; and overlooks the Sacco and Liri valleys.

The origins of the town are not well-known. The Romans called it Patricum. Their presence is attested by aqueduct ruins in the area. Numerous patrician villas which were located below the town.[2]

During the 20th century, a large number of people emigrated from Patrica to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, in the United States, to work in the steel mills. The Italian community there continues to celebrate each August the Feast of San Rocco, patron saint of Patrica.[2]

Mount Cacume[edit]

Mount "Cacume" (derived from the Latin cacumen for top, or peak), is mentioned in Canto IV of Dante’s ’’Purgatory’’: Mondazi in Bismantova e iu Cacume, and lies just southwest of the town. In 1903, a 14-metre (46 ft) high, 400-tonne (400,000 kg) cross was erected on the top of the mountain.[2]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ a b c "San Rocco". San Rocco organization, Aliquippa PA. Retrieved 10 Oct 2015.