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Rocca d'Arce, Province of Frosinone, Lazio

Rocca d'Arce, known as the balcony on the Liri valley, has very ancient origins. Nowadays its cool weather and wholesome air offers tourists a wonderfully refreshing vacation in summer.

Info

  • Altitude: 650m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 03030
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0776
  • Patron Saint: St. Bernardo
  • How to reach it: A1 (Milano-Napoli) exit Ceprano.

History

Archeological findings show that it was inhabited already in the iron age, then in later times on the high rock a fortress, protected by megalithic walls was built by the Volsci, a pre-Roman people. Ancient historians tell of the old Volsci citadel of Fregellae, to be identified with this settlement, which was destroyed in a war against the Samnites, another pre-Roman people. The citadel had a paramount strategic importance in the centuries, thanks to its key positions in the valley of the Liri river.

What to see

  • The church of San Bernardo with frescos by painters of the Neapolitan School
  • The church of San Rocco
  • Archway of the Lancia family
  • Medieval castle, mostly ruins
  • The Pilella waterfalls in the area called Valle Cautara
  • Pinewood at Montenero.

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