24 Oct 2012

Hill towns in the Ciociaria Region, Italy (2)

It was late afternoon when we visited a hill town in Lazio region and many of the narrow streets were in shadow.  The shops had just opened and most residents were indoors, apart from school children and a group of men sitting in a cafe in the inner town piazza playing card games.
There are many caves in the area associated with the Ernici tribe who built the settlement well over two thousand years ago.  Sections of the megalithic walls are still present on the site.  However, the layout with its walls and towers is late medieval with buildings that once belonged to noble families such as the Castle - which has been a Benedictine monastery since 1912 when the sisters moved from the nearby palace complex.




The main Piazza Sant'Angelo was full of trucks and building material
so we didn't go to our usual cafe for a drink.  (I've included a couple of photos
of the piazza and the church from a previous visit).
Instead we went shopping for presents for our grandchildren and bought
 some art material for the younger ones, which has become something of a tradition.

Castello Filonardi
There are many art treasures in the churches and castle including a rare fresco by Giotto of an angel so next time we visit I shall be checking these out.

We took a final drive around the town walls before heading back home.


  1. even the streets are treasures which lead to treasures, love the balconies, the walls, the streets, the niches and the red gate. love it ALL

  2. This is probably a silly question but if it was late afternoon, why were the shops just opening?

  3. Lisa - businesses close in the afternoon following a system of rest during the hottest time of the day.

  4. Hi Linda,
    I'm so envious...of your day walking these streets of stone and doorways. I once took a Rick Steves' tour and we stopped at many towns to walk the streets and visit the cathedrals...so, at the very least, I can partially imagine your experience.

  5. Love the idea of buying art supplies for the grandchildren.
    What beautiful photos of the village. I always enjoy seeing the narrow roads that wind through a European village.