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The Val Di Comino
History and Archaeology
The beautiful valley of the Val di Comino is located within the province of Frosinone, and once formed part of the ancient territory of the Terra di Lavoro. The name of the Valle di Comino is derived from the ancient Samnite fortified settlement of Cominium. This was destroyed by the Romans during the third Samnite War in 293 BC. Indeed, this territory is scattered with many ancient remains such as sections of megalithic polygonal 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 relatively undiscovered – a hidden treasure. 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.
Its scenic landscape is forever changing: It offers rocky snow-clad mountain peaks, verdant mountain pastures and thick forests. that carve their way through the rocky gorges.There are fresh water springs, streams, cascades and waterfalls, fed by the rain and the melting snow from the higher peaks, which carve their way through rocky limestone gorges. These join the rivers Melfa and Mollarino which flow through the valley before joining the Liri. 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 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 ancient farmsteads.
The Community of the Val di Comino
The characteristic little towns that make up the Comunità Montana Valle di Comino hug the mountain slopes and foothills, forming a circuit around the valley. Each town has its individual interesting history and hidden treasures. During the Middle Ages many of these towns were ruled by Montecassino and feudal lords, who constructed mighty castles to defend their territories from repeated attacks by invaders. Ancient houses, palaces and churches cluster around these medieval centres. From their elevated hilltop positions each township has its own spectacular panoramic views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Art Culture and Tradition
The Val di Comino 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 sites, old noble palaces, and museums of art and country life. Also there are an array of festivals, celebrations and events held throughout the year, these are particularly popular during the summer months.
Local Produce and Gastronomy
For food lovers 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) are typical of Veroli and Torroni (chocolate covered nougat) from Alvito. There is a selection of good farm agriturismi, restaurants and trattorias throughout the valley, where you can sample some of the area’s authentic dishes.
There are also several wineries that produce 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. Wine festivals are held each summer in Atina (CantinAtina) and in Gallinaro.
Sport and Outdoor Activities
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 Is Waiting For You
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Last Updated Dec 2018