Zampogna of Villa Latina Italy

Villa Latina or Agnone

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.

Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy
Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy

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.

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.

View of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy
View of Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy

The Town Hall or Comune

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

The town Hall or Comune in Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy
Doorway in Piazza Umberto in Villa Latina Italy
Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy
House in Piazza Umberto I in Villa Latina in the Val di Comino Italy

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.

War Memorial in Villa Latina Frosinone Italy
Piazza Umberto in Villa Latina Italy
War Memorial in Villa Latina Frosinone Italy
War Memorial in Villa Latina Frosinone Italy
Coat of Arms of the town of Villa Latina Frosinone Italy
Stone Carving on Doorway in Villa Latina Frosinone Italy
Statue of San Padre Pio in Villa Latina Italy

Beside the Town Hall stands the Church of La Santissima Annunziata

Church of the Santissima Annunziata in Villa Latina Italy
Church of the Santissima Annunziata in Villa Latina Italy

Local Produce of Villa Latina

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

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

Treking 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. Another follows a route along the German Gustav Line, of the Second World War.

A Video about the Roman Aqueduct

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 near Atina Italy
Zampogna Museum in Villa Latina near Atina Italy

Feast Days and Events in Villa Latina

February – Carnevale

25th March  –  Festa della Santissima Annunziata

May – Il Fuoco di San Michele – Bonfires and Food Tasting of Local Dishes

13th June  –  Festa di Sant’Antonio    

August – Festival delle Storie

Mid August  –  La Festa dell’ Emigrante held in the Pacitti district

Late September  –  La Festa della Zampogna held in the Pacitti district

December – Candelara – when the town is lit up solely by candlelight.  Christmas Market, Nativity Scenes, exhibition of local produce