What to see in Alatri, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including acropolis, cyclopean walls and St. Paul's Cathedral.
The municipality of Alatri corresponds to a town in the province of Frosinone in Lazio, located on a hill on the first slopes of the Ernici mountains.
Of very ancient origins and with a medieval appearance, Alatri is known above all for the pre-Roman fortified acropolis and for monuments of particular artistic interest.
The Acropolis, which occupies the top of the hill, has a polygonal wall, called cyclopean, with a trapezoidal plan 2 km long and up to 3 meters high.
There are different opinions about the era of construction of these walls, although the dominant hypothesis dates them back to pre-Roman times, with important renovations carried out in the fourth century BC, or in Roman times.
The walls have 5 doors, 2 of which are well preserved, the Porta Maggiore is very suggestive, which is accessed via a staircase.
On the top of the acropolis stands the Cathedral of San Paolo, characterized by the majestic seventeenth-century facade, and the episcope, while the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its Romanesque-Gothic appearance and dating back to the fifth century, dominates the main square.
Other fine architectures are the church of San Francesco, from the end of the thirteenth century, with a Gothic portal and a beautiful rose window, the medieval church of San Silvestro, in Romanesque style, and the Gottifreddi palace, a Gothic-style building dating back to the thirteenth century.