Arpino, of mythical Saturn origins, has been a very important town fortified by the Volscians, Samnites and Romans. As evidence of its importance, there are the imposing megalithic walls, also called Cyclopean because of the size of the boulders with whom these walls are built. They contain an original door with a pointed arch, the most ancient of this genre.
In 188 AD, Arpino received the Roman citizenship and its inhabitants were entitled all the rights of Roman citizens; the city extended its territory northwestward to Casamari and southward to Arce. With Gaius Marius, the ager Arpinas became rich, acquiring properties in Gaul.
Ever since the early Middle Ages, Arpino was the dominion of numerous lords before belonging finally to the kingdom of Naples, after numerous quarrels with the Papacy. Arpino flourished till the unity of Italy for its wool industry. Among the churches worth remembering there is the church of S. Michael the Archangel (10th cent.) preserving the Cavalier d'Arpino's works and some of the Caravaggio’s School.
The Church of S. Maria di Civita (11th cent.) preserves the wooden statue of Assunta (10-11th cent.). The statue by Stoltz, particularly venerated by the inhabitants of Arpino, is taken in procession in the morning of the 15th of August, on a monumental and gold wooden "float" (18th cent.). The Monastery of S. Andrea Apostolo, one of the most ancient monasteries of Benedictine seclusion in our area, houses an ancient oil painted Crucifix (17th cent.), under which was discovered a medieval example of a painted cross portraying the Christus triumphans, that is Christ triumphing over death (13th cent.).
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• VALLE REALE
Via Montenero (Sp139) Tel. (+39) 0776.848127
• IL CAVALIER d'ARPINO
Via V. Colonna, 21 - Arpino Tel. (+39) 0776.849348
How to get here
Train Roma-Napoli via Cassino to Roccasecca. Train Roccasecca-Avezzano to Arpino.
From Rome: A1(Milano-Napoli) exit Frosinone. S.S. "dei Monti Lepini" towards Sora. Superstrada (Highway) Frosinone-Sora towards Sora - exit Castelliri. At Isola del Liri crossroads for Arpino.From Naples: A1(Napoli-Milano) exit Pontecorvo. S.S. 6 Casilina towards Frosinone. S.P. 82 towards Isola del Liri Sora. Crossroads for Arpino.