is a town and comune
in central Italy
, in the province of Frosinone
, south of Rome in the Lazio region
. Its home to one of the oldest Italian castles.
Alvito was called in antiquity "Albitum", and was later a possession of the Abbey of Montecassino
, and then of the Counts of Aquino and the Cantelmo family.
Alvito was the seat of a Duchy
, created in 1454, on the boundary of the Kingdom of Naples
(later, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
). Alvito, together with Sora
, remained faithful to the Angevine
line during the conquest of Alfonso V of Aragon
, being conquered by the Aragonese only in 1496. Later it was a possession of the Gallio family
.<!--NO TRACE OF THIS IN MY SOURCECesare Borgia
acqured it 1496, and following a rebellion the inhabitants were punished with the village pillage. -->
The village is articulated in three district urban nuclei: la Rocca (fortress), il Peschio, il Borgo Basso, contained in long town-walls still well preserved here and there. The Palazzo Ducale (or Palazzo Gallio, Ducal Palace), built in Renaissance style by Tolomeo Gallio
in the late 16th-early 17th centuries, is located on the main road of the Basso Suburb, constituting the true nucleus of the present village. A little bit forward, on the left hand, a short small road goes uphill to the Church of S. Teresa. The Church is of baroque style, with a high portal.
The Parish of S. Simeone (16th century) has a Romanesque bell-tower and a 18th century interior.... Read More