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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 15:25


The flat country between the Volsci (or Lepini) Mountains and the sea is actually an inclined surface where the coastal dunes are at a higher level than the ground at the foot of the mountains, thus causing the stagnation of several small rivers. In 312 BC the Romans dug a canal to protect Via Appia from being periodically inundated, but most of the plain remained an unhealthy marsh. Things got worse after the fall of the Roman empire and in the VIIIth century Via Appia was no longer practicable and it was replaced by a winding road which followed the ridge of the hills overlooking the plain and favoured the development of Sermoneta and other medieval towns.

View of Sermoneta and a watching tower

The marsh however was no protection against the raids of the Saracens, who took advantage of the coast being unpopulated. Between 700 and the year 1000 they could actually temporarily occupy the shores between S. Felice Circeo and Nettuno and from there move inland. This explains the fortified aspect of Sermoneta and the existence of watch towers built on high rocks.

The Walls and View towards Norma

The walls of Sermoneta were reinforced in the XVIth century when the risk of attacks from the sea increased again: the Ottomans had expanded their empire to the coasts of Tunisia and Algeria and from there they promoted corsair raids on the coasts of Italy. The walls were also necessary due to the fact that Italy was a battlefield for French and Spanish troops and their local supporters. Sermoneta is located on the top of an isolated hill not far from Norma.

Views of Castello Caetani

In the early XIVth century Sermoneta became a fief of the Caetani, the family of Pope Boniface VIII, who from their base in Anagni expanded their possessions towards Rome and the sea. Their castle was confiscated by Pope Alexander VI Borgia who improved its fortifications; shortly after the death of the pope in 1503 it returned to the Caetani to whom it still belongs.

Details of Castello Caetani

The castle shows details of different periods but its prevailing aspect is due to Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, who had designed for Pope Alexander VI the impressive fortress of Civita Castellana.

Medieval street; the synagogue; Renaissance palace

Sermoneta, because of its position along one of the two roads which for centuries linked Rome with Naples (the other one being through Palestrina and Anagni), provided services to merchants and travellers. In particular at the beginning of the XVIth century its Jewish population expanded because of the arrival of many Jews from the Kingdom of Naples. In 1492 King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabel of Castile decreed the expulsion of all Jews from their possessions which included Sicily. Many of them moved to the Kingdom of Naples, which, although ruled by a dynasty of Aragon origin, welcomed their arrival. In 1503 however it became a direct possession of the Crown of Spain and the Jews were on the move again: several families settled in the towns of southern Latium increasing the local communities. It was not the end of their journey: in 1555 Pope Paul IV ordered the Jews to live either in Rome or Ancona in a segregated area (the Ghetto). There the Jews, who had not a tradition of using surnames, but rather patronymics, had to live in a relatively large community and for practical reasons adopted as a surname the town they came from one of which was Sermoneta.


The Cathedral of Sermoneta is a sort of summary of the history of the town: built on an ancient Roman temple, it shows elements of all styles.

Paintings of a ruined church; S. Giuseppe

With the reclamation of the marsh in the 1920s and the opening of a new railway which runs at the foot of the hill next to the restored Via Appia, Sermoneta lost its role and its population decreased, attracted by the new towns built on the plain: several old houses were abandoned. Today it gives the impression of a partial recovery: its old churches and the memories of the past foster the feeling of belonging to a community which the new towns seem unable to create.

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The Castle of Sermoneta:

The 13th-century Caetani Castle was built by the Annibaldi family, to whom the papacy had granted the hill towns of Sermoneta, Bassiano and S. Donato along with other nearby estates.
This imposing fortress, with its 42-metre high keep known as the Maschio, and a lesser tower known as the Maschietto, became the heart of the medieval town of Sermoneta. The Church of S. Pietro in Corte was built in the courtyard, together with a vast rainwater cistern to compensate, at such a height, for lack of alternative water sources.
In 1297, during a period of economic hardship for the Annibaldi, the Caetani Pope, Boniface VIII acquired all their lands for 140,000 gold florins. He also bought Ninfa for 200,000 florins, a strategic move allowing his administration to control the important Via Pedemontana connecting Rome to Naples. From this point on, the Caetani family governed these properties for more than 700 years.
During the 14th and 15th centuries, thanks to the Caetani, the Castle reached a peak of prosperity. Enlarged and re-fortified it was put to cultural uses. The Camere Pinte(painted rooms) are decorated with frescoes representing mythological figures. They date back to this period. The unknown artist is probably of the school of Pinturicchio.
In 1499 the Borgia Pope Alexander VI issued a Bull excommunicating the Caetani, and in so doing confiscated their properties and turned the Castle into a military fortress, adding to the fortifications but destroying the church and so much of what the Caetani had accomplished in their time.
After the death of Alexander, just five years later, the Caetani were given back their properties by Pope Giulio II Della Rovere. In the 17th century, because the properties no longer had strategic relevance, the family moved to Rome and Cisterna, and the Castle was left abandoned only to be looted by French and Spanish solders in the 18th century. Eventually, because of its poor condition, it was rented out by the family for use as a depot and warehouse. Only at the end of the 19th century did Caetani family members, aware of the historical and artistic significance of the castle, begin once more to restore and transform it into a social and educational centre.
Today, the Roffredo Caetani Foundation owns the Castle, and is responsible for its conservation and for continuing the work of the Caetani family over previous centuries.


The Castle is open every day, except for Thursdays, no booking required from guided tours.
All visits are conducted in groups accompanied by a guide. The tour, which is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties, follows a single route and lasts approximately one hour. It is feasible to visit both the Castle and the Garden of Ninfa on the same day, allocating a half-day to each.

Spring and summer season timetable



April - May

10 a.m. / 11 a.m. / 12 noon

mondays and wednesdays:
2 p.m. / 3 p.m. / 4 p.m.
other days:
3 p.m. / 4 p.m. / 5 p.m. / 6 p.m.

June - September

10 a.m. / 11 a.m. / 12 noon

3 p.m. / 4 p.m. / 5 p.m. / 6 p.m.

During April and May, on Mondays and Wednesdays, both the garden of Ninfa and the Caetani Caetani are open for schools. The Caetani Castle will be open as follows: 10-12 and 14-16.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 13:37

Abbazia di Fossanova

The 'Fossanova Abbey, built at the dawn of theOrder of the Benedictines,expanded during the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the past to the Cistercian monkswho developed the reclamation of the nearby swampy allowing the spiritual rebirth, social and economic.

The church was built in the second half of 1100 with the help of FrederickBarbarossa "Fridericus Emperor Augustus always hoc opus fecit proud."

In the abbey, where he met his death St. Thomas Aquinasa Studium Artiumdeveloped for the training of monksmany of whom brought with the secrets of the influence of Fossanova sites in the surrounding area.

Official Site: http://www.abbaziadifossanova.it/

Even before the settlement of the Cistercian monks, the place was inhabited byBenedictine monks who had built a monastery with the title St. Stephen the First Martyr, where he also lived Gregory IV dell'827 first year of his election to thepapacy. Later, probably around the year one thousand, the monastery was therestructuring and expansion, of which still remain well preserved, the three sides of the Romanesque cloister.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 17:45

Sermoneta Apartments

The apartments, furnished with elegance, are composed of rooms with private bathrooms, full equipped kitchen, dining area and large living room with sofa and TV. For outdoor living, tables and chairs on the panoramic terraces make pleasant stay... aperitifs on the terrace at sunset like the Italian style

The apartments can accomodate families or working groups from 2 to 6 persons from medium to long periods for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

The Residence, despite being in the old town of Sermoneta, is easily accessible by car (you can park in front of the apartment in Via G. Matteotti 3) and it is near Restaurants, bar, supermarket and anything you need for a long time stay.

Also for the apartments, you can combine your stay with some relaxing moments of the PRIVATE SPA that is the new entry of this year. For the family, for friends and for a romantic stay... have a look of the section "Private Spa"...


- Set of towels for guest
- Bedding
- Soaps and shower kit
- internet wi fi – ethernet -  TV SAT
- Heating, gas, water, electricity
- Kitchen and its forniture: washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, stove.
- Final cleaning

- Air conditioning

- Infant bed


Do you need a special offer for your family or for your working group? Are you planning your holiday in Sermoneta and you need suggestions (restaurants, turistic informations)? Write us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone to 0039 3385265478 and we'll be happy to provide you a special offer

Friday, 08 April 2011 08:56

Sermoneta Rooms for Rent

Our rooms are all equipped with private bathroom and can accomodate up to 3 guests each.

Ideal for a short stay to discover the beauties of Sermoneta, Ninfa Gardens, the Caetani's Castle.

During their stay, in addition to the bright and spacious rooms, our guests have access to the living area of the Residence with sofas, table and TV and can enjoy the panoramic view of the equipped terrace.

Starting this year is the new PRIVATE SPA with the Turkish bath in Carrara marble, the Finnish Sauna of cedar wood, the spa tub with whirlpool and chromotherapy, the relaxation area with music therapy and chromotherapy, the outdoor solarium with panoramic views ... for a romantic stay of the couple, for the family or for a group of friends who want to spend a moment of relaxation in the splendid setting of Sermoneta

For any information, have a look of the section "Private Spa"



- Set of towels for guest
- Bedding
- Soaps and shower kit
- internet wi fi
- Heating

- Cot for babies: extra charge of 10 Euro per day

Write us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone to 0039 3385265478 and we'll give you any additional informations regarding your stay (things to do, places to visit, itineraries, Restaurants, monuments...) and if you want, we'll provide you a special quote.


Tuesday, 31 August 2010 12:32



Nel Lazio non c'è solo la capitale. Ci sono anche monti e colline, pianure coltivate e borghi dalla storia millenaria, spiagge assolate e splendide isole, laghi e vallate. E’ una terra che unisce i due volti così differenti della nostra penisola, terra da scoprire, da conoscere, da apprezzare. Il suo lembo più a sud, quello che si spinge fino alle soglie della Campania settentrionale, è la terra di Latina, zona di ampie campagne, spiagge e borghi arroccati sul mare. Gaeta e Sperlonga appartengono al meglio di questo angolo di Lazio, due dei gioielli di questa regione, baluardi sul mare. Da queste parti la parlata è già quella meridionale e tanto di meridione si respira per vicoli e strade. Napoli è infatti più vicina di quanto realmente la mappa indichi.

Sono le grandi distese coltivate ad accompagnarci alla volta dell’estremo sud del Lazio. E’ Terracina l’ultimo importante centro sulla strada che dal capoluogo, Latina, porta alla Riviera d’Ulisse, che unisce i borghi dell’estremo litorale meridionale laziale: Gaeta, Formia, Minturno e Sperlonga. Non si vede il mare in questo tratto della strada statale Flacca che taglia in due distese coltivate e che da Terracina porta fino a Formia. Lasciata la Flacca ci si addentra in Sperlonga.
Non può che essere il litorale la meta della serata. Mentre il sole abbraccia lentamente il mare si gusta una buona frittura di alici, calamari e gamberi bianchi da accompagnare con un buon vino bianco locale, magari un Cori oppure un Velletri bianco. Poi una passeggiata lungo le rive del Tirreno tra le luci di Sperlonga.

Può cominciare con pane, pomodoro, sale, olio e basilico la giornata a Sperlonga, questo gioiello della Riviera d’Ulisse dove si respira l’aria del sud. Colazione sostanziosa e anche un tantino insolita per meglio affrontare la passeggiata alla scoperta dell’antico borgo che, arroccato su uno sperone di roccia, domina le grandi distese pianeggiati della costa pontina.
Quella di Sperlonga è una storia di scorrerie ed aggressioni, luogo ambìto da Saraceni e Turchi ma anche apprezzato e valorizzato dai Romani, innamorati dal suo bellissimo litorale, dove Tiberio vi fece costruire una sua residenza. Nel suo cuore storico ci si deve lasciar trascinare dalla curiosità, dall’incanto dei suoi pittoreschi vicoli, dalle sue piazzette, dai suoi archi e dalle sue scalette. Dalla struttura tipicamente medioevale, Sperlonga è un susseguirsi di salite e discese, un continuo svelare panorami e scorci caratteristici, arricchiti dal contrasto dei colori del mare, dalla vegetazione e dalla luce, protagonista di questo angolo di Tirreno che si affaccia sull’arcipelago ponziano.

Un tempo castello chiuso, a Sperlonga si accede oggi da Porta Carrese e da Porta Marina, le principali vie d’accesso al borgo. Una volta entrativi è difficile non lasciarsi trascinare dalle emozioni e dalle caratteristiche botteghe che si mescolano agli scorci affrescati, alle tortuose straducole che si perdono nel borgo. Da vedere nel centro storico la chiesa di Santa Maria, già esistente nel XII secolo, con l’interno a due navate, che custodisce presso l’altare maggiore una tela raffigurante l’Assunta. Pranzo leggero, magari da godere con vista sul Tirreno, con insalata di mare con sedano bianco di Sperlonga, tipicità locale, e olive della vicina Gaeta, per proseguire con un’insalatina con tonno affumicato e ricotta di bufala.

Pomeriggio di cultura presso il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Sperlonga, che propone materiale proveniente dalla vicina grotta di Tiberio, tra cui la statua di Odisseo, del II secolo d.C., quella di Ganimede, anch’essa del II secolo d.C., il gruppo di Polifemo in marmo, una ricca collezione scultorea, tra cui ritratti di personaggi imperiali, statue, immagini di divinità, oggetti di bronzo, terrecotte, suppellettili in ceramica.
Tardo pomeriggio a passeggio al porticciolo, all’ombra del borgo antico, per respirare ancora il profumo del mare e alimentare l’appetito con i profumi dei ristorantini. Paccheri di Gragnano con cozze sperlongane e pecorino Itrano e un involtino di orata e melanzane ripieno di gambero rosso sono le prelibate pietanze da assaporare con lo sguardo appoggiato sull’orizzonte.


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