The Val Di Comino

The beautiful Valle di Comino is located within the province of Frosinone, which once formed part of the ancient territory of the Terra di Lavoro. The name of the valley is derived from the ancient fortified settlemeny of Cominium. This was finally destroyed by the Romans during the third Samnite War in 293 BC.  This territory is scattered with many ancient monuments such as sections of megalithic walls, Roman villas, temples, aqueducts and water cisterns. These have withstood the test of time and bear testimony of long forgotten eras.

This picturesque tranquil area encompasses a broad valley enclosed by the Appenine mountain ranges of the regions of Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania and Molise. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, however it remains undiscovered by many potential visitors.   The Val di Comino is the perfect place to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life, somewhere to find some tranquility, a slower pace of life and to enjoy nature at its best.

It’s scenic rural landscape is forever changing throughout the seasons: It offers rocky snow-clad mountain peaks, verdant mountain pastures and thick forests. There are fresh water streams, waterfalls and cascades. The Rivers Melfa and Mollarino meander flow through the valley. These are fed by the melting snow from the higher peaks, fresh water springs, waterfalls and cascades that carve their way through the rocky gorges. There is a crystal clear lake at Posta Fibreno with an unusual floating island and the man-made reservoir of Lago Cardito. Closeby, is the boundless wilderness of the National Park of Abruzzo. All of these natural environments are ideal for wildlife, and have a diverse range of both fauna and flora.

The centre of the valley is a plain made up of a rich patchwork of fields and vineyards, dotted with small hamlets and old stone farmhouses. There is a central ridge, upon which sits the village of Gallinaro. The other characteristic towns and villages, that form part of the community of the Val di Comino, hug the foothills of the mountain slopes, forming a circle around the valley. Each has their own individual interesting history and hidden treasures.  During the Middle Ages many of these towns were ruled by noble and feudal lords who constructed mighty castles to defend their territories from repeated attacks by invaders. Characteristic ancient houses, palaces and churches cluster around these medieval fortresses. From their elevated hilltop positions each township has its own spectacular panorama of the Val di Comino.

Many families of emigrants who left during times of great hardship during the 19th and 20th centuries are now returning to find and rediscover the beloved homeland of their ancestors. The main industry for the area has for centuries been agriculture. Today, however, the community of the Val di Comino is working together to develop the new industry of tourism to help boost the local economy.

The valley is rich in history, art, culture and tradition with so many places of interest to visit such as ancient places of worship and pilgrimage, archaeological remains and museums of art and culture and tradition. In addition there are an array of festivals and celebrations held throughout the year, these are particularly popular during the summer months.
For those keen on gastronomy there are a host of delicious local products to taste such as Picinisco’s Peccorino and Marzolina cheeses made from sheep and goats milk, Cannellini beans grown in Atina and Villa Latina, mushrooms and truffles from Campoli Appenino, Saffron from Casalvieri, together with locally produced honey and olive oil. The area is also known for its local sausages made from the black Casertano pig, Ciambelli (bread rings) from Veroli and Torroni (chocolate covered nougat) from Alvito. There are a selection of good agrituristi, restaurants and trattorias throughout the valley, where you can sample some of the area’s local authentic dishes.

There are also several wineries that produce some excellent fine wines such as the Atina Cabernet DOC. This is created from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. In the 19th century Pasquale Visocchi, the industrialist and notable agronomist, experimented by planting vines of French grape varieties in the Val di Comino. Thus the Stabilmento Enologico Fratelli Visocchi was founded in 1868.

The Val di Comino is a perfect place to take in the fresh mountain air and to explore the great outdoors.  Indeed there are a host of outdoor activities on offer to the fitness enthusiast which include: rambling, trekking on foot or on horseback, cycling, mountain biking, trail running, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hang-gliding, paragliding, ski-ing, snow walking and archery.

So Come and Discover This Beautiful Area – the Val di Comino awaits  you.