photo © Domenico Capodanno

Villa Latina in The Val Di Comino

Villa Latina is a sprawling township within the Val di Comino. It is made up a cluster of small hamlets that have overtime become merged into one. These include Colle Cavicchio,  Colle Santo, Palombi, Panetta, Santa Lucia, Carletti, Ponte Sant’Anna, Pelino, Franchitti, Fontana Cocozza, Panara, Villaggio Peschiera, La Forma, Bianchi, Palazzo Franchi, Serra del Cavaliere, Saccocci, Gargaro, Dragonetti, Valenti, Pacitti, Fusco, Tosti, Colozzi, Marrocchio, Colle Santo, Riverenne, Carl’Annunzio and Valle Grande.

View of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Louise Shapcott
View of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Louise Shapcott
Centre of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Louise Shapcott
Centre of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Louise Shapcott

Surrounded by natural beauty and greenery it is overlooked by the forest-clad slopes of Monte Bianco and the Mainarde mountains which form part of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo.  In the locality of Fontana di Bagni there are several fresh water springs. One of these, named Fontana Carletti, is known for its fresh spring water which has diuretic properties. At Rocca Malacucchiara there are the remains of the medieval fortress and the settlement of Agnone Vecchio.

Villa Latina was originally known as Agnone, and formed a part of the comune of Atina. However in 1862 it took on its present name when it became an independent township in its own right.
Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy © Domenico Capodanno

The Town Hall or Comune

The town hall of Villa Latina is situated in Piazza Umberto I.

The Comune of Villa Latina Val di Comino Italy © Louise Shapcott
Doorway in Piazza Umberto in Villa Latina © Louise Shapcott
Coat of Arms of the town of Villa Latina Frosinone Italy © Louise Shapcott
Stone Carving on Doorway in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Piazza Umberto I Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
House in Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott

Nearby is the War Memorial which commemorates the fallen of Villa Latina. It is a curious design of a series of tall pipes adorned with swooping swallows.

Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Statue of San Padre Pio in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott

Beside the Town Hall stands the Church of La Santissima Annunziata

Church of the Santissima Annunziata in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Church of the Santissima Annunziata in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott

The Surrounding Countryside

View of Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
View of Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Fontana Fredda in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Fontana Fredda in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Quarry in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Quarry in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno

Local Produce

Agriculture continues to be an important industry in the area: this includes the cultivation of olive trees, fruit trees, vines, and legumes. Cannellini beans grow particularly well here, the soil being rich in Manganese.    Read More About the Cannellini Beans of Atina

Countryside of Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Cannellini Beans from Villa Latina Atina Italy © Posta Vecchia B&B 13
Cannellini Beans from Villa Latina Atina Italy © Posta Vecchia B&B 13

The rearing of  sheep and goats  provides a selection of fine cheeses, such as Pecorino, Ricotta and Marzonlina.

Herd of Sheep in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Friendly Goat in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno

Mountain Trails

Villa Latina has several mountains trails to explore. One leads to the ruined Medieval fortress of Rocca Malcucchiara and up to the archaeological remains of a Roman aqueduct.

Roman Acqeduct in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Roman Acqeduct in Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno

Another trail follows a route along the German Gustav Line, of the Second World War where several bunkers are visible that were hollowed out of the rock sides by the Germans and artillery placements.

Gustav Line German Bunker near Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Gustav Line German Bunker near Villa Latina Italy © Domenico Capodanno
Mountain Views Near Villa Latina © Domenico Capodanno
View of Villa Latina and the Val di Comino © Domenico Capodanno

The Museum of the Zampogna

The Villa Latina area is particularly renowned for the production of the traditional Ciociaria instrument  La Zampogna.  There is a Museum located in Contrada Pacitti which is dedicated to this craft, but sadly it is not always open to visitors.

Zampogna Museum in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Zampogna Museum in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Zampogna Player in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Zampogna Festival in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott
Zampogna Festival in Villa Latina Italy © Louise Shapcott