View of Atina and the Val Di Comino Italy

photo © Tiziano Caira

The Town of Atina in The Val di Comino

The beautiful town of Atina is situated in the Val di Comino. It is located in central Italy within the province of Frosinone, and the region of Lazio. It is perched on the slopes of the Hill of Santo Stefano, a spur of Monte Prato, which forms part of the mountain range known as the Monti Bianchi that lines the eastern side of the valley. The mountains surrounding the valley belong to the Mainarde group.

The town consists of three main areas. At the highest point, Monte Massico, there is the old historic centre or centro storico of the Medieval town, with the fortified palace  Palazzo Ducale, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo della Prepositura.

San Nicola

Outside of  the walls of the medieval centre extends the district of San Nicola.

Atina District of San Nicola © Louise Shapcott
Atina District of San Nicola © Louise Shapcott

Il Colle

Outside of the old town, to the east and a little downhill,  there is the district known as Il Colle. This was built on the hill of Santa Croce.  More about The District of Il Colle

Ponte Melfa

View of Ponte Melfa Atina & Val di Comino © Louise Shapcott
View of Ponte Melfa Atina & Val di Comino © Louise Shapcott

Lower down on the valley floor is the newer sprawling community which is known as Ponte Melfa or Atina Inferiore. It takes its name from the bridge that crosses the rivers Melfa and Mollarino.  This area began to develop in the post-war years.  It steadily has grown in size and is now the commercial centre of the Val di Comino and hosts the important political and administrative headquarters of the Valley. It is home to many businesses, small and medium industries, and has a good range of shops and supermarkets. 

There are various sports facilities at the University of Cassino & Southern Lazio’s sport centre. These include  athletics, volleyball basketball, football, tennis, climbing and swimming.

There is also the equestrian centre of the Associazione Ippica Atina which hosts the Fieracavalli Summer Tour festival, competitions and events such horse jumping and dressage.

Ponte Melfa is also home to the art museum – Museo Académie Vitti

There are two churches, the ancient church of San Marciano and the newer Church of Santa Scolastica in Via Munanzio Planco.

 

Atina’s Other Villages and Hamlets

The territory of Atina also includes the villages of:

Agnerone, Cancello, Capo di China, Case di Melfa, Casino Pica, Colle Alto, Duca, I Caira, Le Sode, Mola di Capitolo, Nardelli, Pie’ della Piagge, Pozzello, Residence Valcomino, Rosanisco, Sabina, San Lorenzo, San Michele, Sangalione, Settignano, Sode and Spineto.

Currently Atina has a population of approximately 4500 people and the local inhabitants are known as Atinati. Many local people still speak in the Atinese dialect. The local economy is mainly based on agriculture however in recent years the new industry of culture and tourism is developing in the area.

Other Information

Postcode: 03042

Province: Frosinone

Region: Lazio

Comune or Town Hall: Piazza Saturno 1 03042 Atina FR – Comune Website

Mayor: Adolfo Valente

Altitude: 481 m (1,578 ft)

Area: 490 km2 (190 sq mi)

Twin Towns:  Veroli (FR), Basel in Switzerland, Newton Massachussets in the USA

How to Get to Atina

Coordinates: 41°37′N 13°48′E

Distance From Airports to Atina

From Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci): 147 km

From Rome Ciampino: 116 km

From Naples Capodichino: 112 km

Directions When Arriving By Car

From Rome:

Take the A1 Autostrada to Ferrentino, then the Superstrada to Sora and then join the Superstrada that takes you to Atina (approx 135 km)

From Naples:

Take the A1 Autostrada to Cassino, then join the Superstrada to Atina (approx 110 km)

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Last Updated Oct 2018