Atina in the Val di Comino

From its elevated hilltop position Atina has a wonderful outlook over the beautiful Val di Comino and the rivers Melfa and Mollinaro that flow through the natural basin. In addition, across the valley there are panoramic scenic views of the peaks of the Monti della Meta. This mountain chain forms part of the central Appenines of Italy and is located within the protected National Park of Abruzzo. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Atina is situated in the province of Frosinone in the region of Lazio Italy.

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo © Mirko Macari

photo © Louise Shapcott

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The Town

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The town consists of three main areas. First of all there is the old historic Medieval centre of the town. This is known as il centro storico.  In addition there is the district of Il Colle and finally at a lower level on the valley floor is Ponte Melfa ….. read more

photo © Louise Shapcott

photo © Louise Shapcott

photo © Louise Shapcott

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History

Atina has experienced an eventful history. According to ancient myths and legend this town had links to the mythological Roman god Saturn.  It was was claimed by the Samnites in 337 BC. During three violent wars the Romans battled against the Samnites until in a final confrontation the Romans took control of the area in 293 BC. As a result Atinam was incorporated into the Roman state. Consequently the town’s status was reduced to a prefecture,  which was a district strictly controlled by the government of Rome. As the town grew it developed into a colony.  Cicero, the Roman orator writer and statesman frequently visited the area and spoke of Atinam as being a prosperous country town. Furthermore the renowned poet  Virgil described it as being  potens, meaning strong and powerful ….. learn more

Samnite Warriors

* Samnite Warriors

Roman Armour

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A Roman Helmet

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Roman Statue in Atina Italy

photo © Louise Shapcott

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Ciociaria

This region is also known as Ciociaria. The name is derived from an ancient rudimentary type of footware le ciocie – a type of open sandal with a curiously shaped curved toe. Furthermore this form of footware it is thought to date way back to Etruscan times. It was typically worn by the local peasants and shepherds of the area and was strapped to the foot and calf by a criss-cross of leather straps …. Local crafts and traditions

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photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

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My maternal grandparents originated from this beautiful mountain community in Italy. They departed their beloved home town in 1911 in search of a new life in London. They settled here in Little Saffron Hill in Clerkenwell’s Little Italy. This was just a stone’s throw from St Peters Italian Church ….. read more

If you share my passion about ATINA, the VAL DI COMINO and the CIOCIARIA region, or if you have family that originated from this beautiful area of Italy please feel free to  Get in Touch

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A  Note  of  Thanks

My sincere thanks to all the people who have kindly given me permission to use their photos on this website.

Thank you to ……..Accordingly photos have been accredited to the photographer / owner.

Furthermore I would like to give my special thanks to Luciano Caira of the Local Studies section of Atina’s library for his time, help and encouragement and for kindly providing me with many interesting photos that are held in the library’s achives. 

(Please note that images marked with * are in the public domain)

Thank you also to Damien Morgan-Smith for his patience and help.

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