Valle di Comino

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Valle di Comino
Val Comino
The Valle di Comino near Casalattico
Long-axis directioneast-west
Coordinates41°38′N 13°48′E / 41.63°N 13.8°E / 41.63; 13.8Coordinates: 41°38′N 13°48′E / 41.63°N 13.8°E / 41.63; 13.8
The Valle di Comino from Picinisco

The Valle di Comino is a valley in the province of Frosinone, in Lazio in central Italy. It runs from San Biagio Saracinisco to Vicalvi and is adjacent to the Abruzzi mountains. It grossly corresponds to the upper valley of the Melfa river, which runs through it before joining the Liri.

Its economy is based on the production of wine, olive oil, cheese and wheat, and on animal husbandry (sheep and bovinae).


According to tradition, the name of the valley can be traced to ancient Cominium, destroyed in 293 BC. In Livy's History of Rome, there are early references to Cominium as the site of a battle between the Samnites and the Romans. Some suggest that the town of San Donato is the ancient Cominium, others believe the battle site was at Vicalvi.

The area was however already settled in prehistoric times; later it was inhabited by Osco-Sabellian tribes. Its main center was Atina, mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. In the Middle Ages, numerous castles were built in the valley, which was part of the Lombard Duchy of Spoleto, the Principality of Capua and the county of Aquino, until it became part of the Norman unified Kingdom of Naples. For a period it was also contented between the monasteries of Monte Cassino and San Vincenzo al Volturno. Later it was a fief of families such as the Aquino, Cantelmo, Borgia and Gallio.


  • Livy's The History of Rome [1]
  • Valle di Comino website
  • Paolo Tullio's North of Naples, South of Rome (ISBN 0312243170)