This destination is all about castles and ancient villages , archaeological areas, abbeys,, caves and nature reserves, but also relaxation in the thermal spas and great food along the so-called “vie del gusto” (taste trails).
The Ciociaria area, with its 91 municipalities, is a little world unto itself, encapsulating a wide array of artistic, cultural and gastronomic attractions, along with options for fitness and sport – perfect for making the most of your holiday. There’s something for everyone: from delightful villages, such as Boville Ernica, Castro dei Volsci, Monte San Giovanni Campano, Veroli, Anagni and Ferentino, to the jewel of the island of Liri. Then there are the municipalities that boast the Touring Club Italiano’s Orange Flag (Arpino and Collepardo), as well as numerous abbeys, such as Montecassino and Casamari, and archaeological areas.
The Ciociaria is also a land awash with sources of water, the therapeutic properties of which have been known since antiquity. Fiuggi is famed for its thermal spas and their regenerative qualities.
Not forgetting the Strada del vino Cesanese, which is a series of wine routes that all revolve around the famous local grape type. Sports fanatics can indulge in a range of sporting activities, from skiing and horse-riding to trekking and mountainbiking, all the way to clay-pigeon shooting.
Admire the majestic Abbey of Montecassino, which sits atop the mountain that overlooks the town of Cassino
Be reinvigorated at the Fiuggi spas, which are famous for the purifying properties of the water
Discover the waterfall on the island of Liri, the only cascade in Italy to be located within an urban environment
Visit Anagni, the town of Popes, with its attractive Mediaeval heart and its cathedral, complete with a crypt and stunning frescoes
Look out from the acropolis of Arpino, the village where Cicero was born
Explore the caves of Falvaterra and Rio Obaco, a natural monument within Mount Lamia
Hear all about the mysteries of Castle Longhi in Fumone, a major fortress of the Papal States, where Pope Celestine V was imprisoned until his death
Listen to the mysteries of Longhi Castle at Fumone, an important fortress of the Papal States, in which Pope Celestine V was imprisoned until his death
Visit Alatri, surrounded by immensely evocative and well-preserved walls
Sample the many gourmet specialities made in the area, from Guarcino amaretti biscuits, coppiette ciociare (flavoured pork) and ricotta moscia cheese