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.
Outside of the walls of the medieval centre extends the district of San Nicola.
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.
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
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
Take the A1 Autostrada to Ferrentino, then the Superstrada to Sora and then join the Superstrada that takes you to Atina (approx 135 km)
Take the A1 Autostrada to Cassino, then join the Superstrada to Atina (approx 110 km)
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