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Relais Chalon d’Orange 

Alatri

Aletrium (Alatri) was a town of the Hernici. A part of the traditional region of Ciociaria, it is famous for its megalithic acropolis dating back to the VI century B.C, one of the best preserved example of embankment wall constructions in Italy.

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Boncompagni Castle

Private guided tours. Erected in the Dark Ages, the imposing Boncompagni-Viscogliosi Castle is idyllically set just in the heart of the old town of Isola del Liri, and rises a very short distance from the famous Cascata Grande. Situated on the top of an impressive rock spur that divides the river Liri into two branches, the castle boasts several different architectural styles. The famous stuccoes, frescoes and paintings of the inner halls celebrate the vicissitudes experienced by the members of Boncompagni Family.

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"Casinum" Archaeological Park

The most interesting area is the monumental one, that includes a theatre, an amphitheatre, the tomb of Ummidia Quadratilla and an ancient Roman road.

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Arpino, city of Cicero and Cyclopes

Idyllically set on the top of a beautiful hilly landscape, it was awarded the famous Orange Flag recognition by the Touring Club for the beauty of its old town that still retains precious vestiges of the past. Surrounded by ancient olive groves and mysterious caves, its centre cherishes beautiful churches, splendid artworks and magnificent palaces and buildings. Not to be missed is the local acropolis, one of the oldest Volscian settlements in Italy. Its megalithic walls contain the only round arch in Europe (4 metres high), that dates back to the V century B.C.

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Fumone Castle and medieval village

Fumone – Olympus of Ciociaria rises on the top of a 800-metre-high hill that overlooks 40 beautiful villages and towns. In the past, a smoke column was used to warn the coming of attacks. The castle, that was erected in the Dark Ages, was used as a prison for the Pontifical States since the XI-XII centuries. Not to be missed are the great medieval halls, whose walls still cherish the mortal remains of Pope Gregory VIII, the roof garden encircling communication trenches, bulwarks and towers, and the house-museum of the noble Marchetti-Longhi Family, that is home to an interesting collection gathering nineteenth-century tin soldiers, cashmere tapestry and a wedding dress dating back to1830.

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Carthusian monastery of Trisulti and Collepardo

It was erected in the XIII century near the monastic complex founded by Saint Dominic, and was then repeatedly remodelled and enlarged over the course of the centuries. Not to be missed inside the monastery are the old pharmacy gathering eighteenth-century frescoes, the cloister and the well-preserved cells of the monks, who still produce herbal infusions according to ancient recipes.

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