San Benedetto dei Marsi

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San Benedetto dei Marsi
Comune di San Benedetto dei Marsi
Portal of the church of Santa Sabina.
Portal of the church of Santa Sabina.
San Benedetto dei Marsi is located in Italy
San Benedetto dei Marsi
San Benedetto dei Marsi
Location of San Benedetto dei Marsi in Italy
Coordinates: 42°00′14.51″N 13°37′9.69″E / 42.0040306°N 13.6193583°E / 42.0040306; 13.6193583
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
 • Mayor Quirino D'Orazio
 • Total 25.25 km2 (9.75 sq mi)
Elevation 678 m (2,224 ft)
Population (31 July 2015)
 • Total 3,912
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sambenedettesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67058
Dialing code 0863
Saint day June 1

San Benedetto dei Marsi (Latin: Marruvium or Marrubium; Greek: Μαρούϊον) is a comune and town in the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It is on the eastern shore of the dried Lake Fucino, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the remains of another ancient site, Alba Fucens.

Near the town is the stream Giovenco, identified as the ancient stream known as Pitonius.


The ancient Marruvium was the chief city of the Italic tribe of the Marsi; Marruvii or Marrubii is another form of the name of the Marsi, and was used by Virgil as an ethnic appellation.[1]

In accordance with this, Silius Italicus also describes Marruvium as deriving its name from a certain Marrus, who is evidently only an eponymous hero of the Marsi.[2] There is no account of Marruvium, however, previous to the Roman conquest of the Marsic territory; but under the Roman Empire it was a flourishing municipal town; it is noticed as such both by Strabo and Pliny, and in inscriptions we find it called "splendidissima civitas Marsorum Marruvium".[3]

It was also called Civitas Marsorum, and, in the Middle Ages, Civitas Marsicana.[4] It is noticed in the Tabula Peutingeriana, which places it 13 Roman miles from Alba; but it was not situated on the Via Valeria, and must have communicated with that high-road by a branch from Cerfennia.[5]

The town was an episcopal see in the Middle Ages, being destroyed in 1340 during the Angevine wars for the conquest of the Kingdom of Naples. In 1580 the see was moved to the neighboring town of Pescina.

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Considerable ruins of the ancient city still remain, including portions of its walls and the remains of an amphitheatre, and numerous inscriptions, as well as statues, have been discovered on the site. These ruins are situated close to the margin of the lake, about 3 kilometres (2 mi) below Pescina.[6]


  • Andrea Zitolo, scientist. A native of the city from the maternal side.


  1. ^ "Marruvia de gente", Aen. vii. 750
  2. ^ Sil. Ital. viii. 505.
  3. ^ Strab. v. p. 241; Plin. iii. 12. s. 17; Mommsen, Inscr. R. N. 5491, 5499; Orell. Inscr. 3149.
  4. ^ Lib. Colon. pp. 229, 256.
  5. ^ Tab. Peut.
  6. ^ Holsten. ad Cluver. p. 151; Romanelli, vol. iii. p. 180-186; Kramer, Fuciner See, p. 55; Hoare's Class. Tour, vol. i. pp. 357–361. The inscriptions are collected by Mommsen, I. R. N. pp. 290–294.


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