Arce, founded on a hill and overlooked by the once powerful fortress of Rocca d'Arce, strategically dominates the entrance into the Liri Valley. Whilst the old part retains an attractive medieval aspect with steep narrow streets, the greater part of the town is a thriving commercial centre that has developed on a lower level along the busy via Casilina. Cicero exactingly refers to Arce in letters to his brother Quintus and friend Atticus, detailing the territory of Arcanum and Villa Arcana. We must not forget though, that on a site within Arce's ancient territorial limits was the colony of Fregellae, founded by Romans in 328 BC.
Currently an important archaeological exploration of the site is being undertaken at university level, the results of which are gradually bringing ancient Fregellae back into the light. In the Middle Ages, Arce experienced traumatic historical events; the occupation of the town by Totila the Hun in the 6th century during his campaigns against the Byzantines, was followed by its destruction at the hands of Saracens.
It was throughout history a strategically important town, straddling the border of the Papal States and the Kingdom of Naples. Amongst Arce's churches, we name S. Pietro e Paolo (17th cent.) with its two impressive bell-towers and the Greek cross plan; S. Maria which keeps a valuable wooden cross said to be "miraculous", and S. Antonio, which displays a magnificent 12th century portal.
Mayor: Luigi Germani
Town hall: tel. (+39) 0776.524103
Population: 6.026 ca
Altitudine: 250 m
Altitude: 30 km
Police: tel. (+39) 0776.524124
Municipal Police: tel. (+39) 0776.523487
Patrons Saints: Sant'Eleuterio
Market day: Venerdì
Zip Code: 03032