Situated in the province of Latina, the village of Castellonorato is present in the municipality of Formia that is part of Lazio in Italy. The municipality of Formia has a town called Formia that is located almost 6.99km from this village. The Mediterranean coast in this region is beautiful and attracts several tourists every year in Lazio. Formia is right in the middle of Rome and Naples where a route joins the three cities. The municipality has existed since ancient times once the Laconi people settled here and named the city after a Greek word that means “landing place”. Once there was more Latin influence in the area, it became known as Ormiae. Later on, the Roman Republic was founded in this region, the municipality’s name evolved to Formiae. With the advent of the Imperial era, it turned into a famous resort in Italy. One of the tourist attractions near this area is the tomb of Cicero who was killed on the Appian Way at the outskirts of Formia in 43B.C. Much later, in 303A.D. Saint Erasmus was martyred in the same city when Diocletian carried out terrible persecution against the early Christians. As time passed by, the name of this martyr was changed to Saint Elmo while becoming the Patron Saint of Sailors in Italy. The worst time came to Lazio when the Western Roman Empire fell and the municipality of Formia was raided by barbarians. This caused the residents to run away from the main settlement and adjust on the surrounding hills that were under the power of Gaeta. There are a number of historical and cultural places where you may enjoy with your friends and family. The Mola di Gaeta is a fortress that was established by Charles II of Anjou. The Count of Fondi, Onorato I Caetani, built a castle in Castellone in the middle of 14th century. The biggest Roman cistern in the world is also present here and dates back to the 1st century B.C. While the villages were brought together to establish Formia in 1863 but the area was bombed during the Battle of Anzio. In this region, you will come across the Villa of Mamurra, Roman aqueducts and Cryptoportici. This villa destroyed in part in 1943 but you may visit the remains of this building. Other tourist attractions include Church of San Giovanni Battista e Lorenzo, Church of San Michele, Church of San Luca, Church of Sant'Erasmo, Archaeological Museum, Regional Park of Gianola and Mount of Scauri.
Vacation rentals in Castellonorato
There are a number of excellent accommodation options in the village as well as other parts of Lazio. You may check out the villas in Castellonorato if you want to have a grand holiday with your friends and family. Visitors love to stay at the towns and villages in this area of Lazio because of the beautiful scenery and pleasant facilities. Apartments in Castellonorato may be found using our search filter. Depending on your needs there are many different sizes of houses in Castellonorato.
Tourist attractions in Castellonorato
Enjoy the large variety of historical places and natural sights that are present in Lazio. There is a rich history of these people who have seen many different rulers. Each era brought its own architectural and cultural wonders. You may walk around the village of Castellonorato and take guided tours of these buildings.
Tower of Mola
Carlo II D'Angiò commissioned the 13th century Tower of Mola that was constructed in the center of the fortress with a hexagonal base. The shape of the tower is conical and it rises around 27m high while its trunk has a diameter of 15m. There were buildings made by the Romans which are in ruins today. In the old days, there was a garrison below where goods are stored to prevent invaders from getting them. There were fortifications surrounding the Tower of Mola that were erected to protect the people from sea invaders. During the 1700s and 1800s the structure was a control post for reaching Naples from this area.
Mausoleum of Cicero
Cicero was against the politics of Mark Anthony and expressed his thoughts in speeches called the Philippics. This took place 6months after Julius Caesar was murdered in the famous incident. The opposition of Cicero led to Mark Anthony having him assassinated on 7th December in 43B.C. Cicero was leaving his villa in Formia to escape on a ship going to Macedonia when he was killed on the orders of Mark Anthony at the age of 64. Having a limestone base, the tomb stands 24 high and Archaeological Museum in Formia takes care of it. His daughter, Tulliola, is buried nearby in the tomb located in Acervara.
The Fountain of San Remigio
Situated in the LXXXVIII miliario, the Fountain of San Remigio is placed in Appia dating back to the end of the Roman Republic era. Close to the fountain, there stands the Archaeological Museum of Formia. At the base of the fountain, there is carved an inscription that attests to the curator aquarum being present. Placed on the maximum decumanus, the fountain’s structure was crafted of limestone with an isodomic nature. It stretches around 18m in length and stands 3m high with 2 wings extending 1.6m wings on either side. The basin is rectangular and created of 5 slabs of stone while water rushed out of a design celebrating spring.
Altar of the Fatherland
The Altar of the Fatherland was a structure constructed in honor of Victor Emmanuel II who was the first king of the United Italy. This monument is situated in the middle of Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill. The Altar of the Fatherland was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi and it was foundation was established in 1885. Its details were completed by 1935 flaunting neoclassical architecture. The inspiration for its design was taken from the Roman Forum and showcases stairways, columns and fountains. There is also a sculpture of the old king as well as those of the goddess Victoria.