On the Saturday morning we all met up by the new fountain in Piazza Garibaldi.
Eugenio Cannatà, born in Atina, but a resident of New York in the USA, had donated some money to create a new monument for the centre of the square, to replace the fountain that was destroyed in the bombing of Atina during WWII. The new fountain bears the inscription “In memoria dei coniugi Guglielmo e Ofelia Cannatà”.
Piazza Garibaldi and the Porta dell’Assunta or San Rocco – an ancient gateway into the historic centre of Atina.
We were met by Dottoressa lenia Carnevale, the Director of the Archaeological Museum of Atina, who was to give us a guided tour of the town.
The “Posterula” dates back to around the II Century and allowed access to the Roman town from the surrounding countryside. Its round arch opens into the original boundary walls. The Visocchi family’s wine factory was founded in 1868 on the premises opposite this gate. In 2003 the factory was turned into a museum and seat of the “Associazione Enogastronomica” named “Le Cannardizie”. This restaurant is highly recommended in Atina. Website: http://www.lecannardizie.it
La Porta dell’ Assunta or La Porta di San Rocco.
Outside the Palazzo Ducale there is a Roman statue, the head of which, it is said, was changed with the proclamation of each new Emperor. The epigraph inscribed on the base records Marco Aurelio Antonio (161-180) who owned a holiday villa in Atina.
The entrance to the Palazzo Ducale – A Roman Memorial Epitaph – a large block of stone or marble with a memorial inscription dedicated to a respected citizen.
Inside the Palazzo Ducale there is an ancient mosaic depicting Samnite warriors.
In the Palazzo Ducale there was a private chapel which is under restoration. There are some beautiful frescoes.
Some frescoes were rescued from the ruined church of Santa Maria.
The following two paintings depict life at Court.
In the great hall of the Palazzo Ducale stands a large table with beautifully carved legs.
In the Palazzo Ducale there is now a room with three modern multi-media interactive units depicting Atina and the Val di Comino during the Medieval period.
Stairway inside the Courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale.
An ancient doorway
A tiny alleyway
Via Grotti, where my ancestors lived.
Next Illenia gave us a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Atina.
Another Roman inscription.
An ancient Cyclopean piece of stone.
Ancient sculpture of a Lion
All of us at Archaeological Museum of Atina
Thank you so much Illenia from us all !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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