What to see in Ciociaria, attractions and places to visit in this large area of Southern Lazio, whose extension is interpreted in various ways.
To explain where Ciociaria is located, it must be assumed that it does not identify with a well-defined geographical region, its extension is interpreted in various ways.
To give you an idea, we can say that it starts south-east of Rome, beyond the Alban Hills, to reach up to Liri-Garigliano, a river that in the past has long marked the border between the Papal States and the Kingdom of Naples.
Ciociaria was the land of the Ausonic, Hernic, Volsche and Samnite populations, before the Romans took over and, after the fall of the Roman Empire, other peoples exercised their dominion, including Byzantines, Lombards, Normans and Swabians .
For many centuries it was a possession of the Papal States, to which the institution of the province of Marittima, along the Tyrrhenian coast, and Campagna, including the territory between the Garigliano and the Alban Hills, were owed in 1850.
The two realities were reunited in 1927 with the establishment of the province of Frosinone.
It is a territory full of charm, which offers enchanting landscapes, precious architectural and cultural testimonies, whose millennial history is revealed through the interesting archaeological remains, the fortified castles, the picturesque villages perched on top of the hill and the majestic abbeys.
The main city is Frosinone which, together with the municipalities of Anagni, Guarcino, Sora and Alatri, constitutes the fulcrum of this area, which takes its name from a type of shoe, called the ciocia, once used by farmers and shepherds, considered a derivation of the Roman legionnaires' shoes, consisting of a leather sole, with the tip raised in front, and a piece of cloth, supported by strings and tied around the legs, like that of the bagpipers that we see today at the folkloric events.
Do not miss the centers of Ferentino, Alatri, Veroli, Arpino, Atina, Anagni and the Abbey of Montecassino.