Alatri (Lazio): what to see


What to see in Alatri, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including acropolis, cyclopean walls and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Tourist information

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.

What see

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.

Tags: Lazio