245 – My New Website about Atina and the Val di Comino.

I am really passionate about this little hidden gem of a town that has panoramic views over the valley of the Val di Comino – an area of outstanding natural beauty. My maternal grandparents originated from this beautiful mountain community, so it is part of my ancestral heritage and my roots.

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However, I used to find it somewhat frustrating that I couldn’t manage to find much information in English about this area, so I came up with the idea of creating a website in English all about Atina and the Val di Comino.  For over a year now I have been working on setting up a new site about the town of my Italian ancestral heritage – Atina.

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Atina is situated in the province of Frosinone in the region of Lazio Italy, conveniently situated approximately midway between Rome and Naples. It is also only a short drive from the Abbey of Montecassino and the beautiful coastline of South Lazio.

Over the centuries Atina has experienced such an interesting history.  It was an important town even back in the times of the Romans and Samnites and it has been destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt several times over the centuries.

 

Within the historic centre there are many places to explore such as the medieval fortified palace of the Cantelmo family, the beautiful cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the nearby Palazzo Prepositurale.

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Atina also has several other churches of interest,  archaeological sites to visit and local museums.

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During the summer months there are many popular events held in the area such as the Feast of Santa Maria Assunta, the Atina Jazz Festival, the International Folklore Festival and the CantinAtina wine festival to name but a few.

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There are many interesting local products to sample, notably the Cannellini beans of Atina and the local wine Atina Cabernet Doc and as well as other traditional gastronomic delights.

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It is also a great region for exploring the great outdoors and partaking in various sport activities such as treking, mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, canoeing and paragliding. Indeed this area has so much to offer.

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I am hoping to translate the website into Italian and French and to add a blog which could be a supply interesting articles and publicise local facilities, festivals and events. I hope that my website may encourage more people, with connections with Atina and the Val di Comino in Ciociaria to come and discover more about this wonderful area.  

My new Atina website:  Atina Italy

I have also created a Facebook Group named “We Love Atina”. It is a great meeting place for people who have family with origins from this town, and who share my interest and passion. If you have a connection with Atina please do feel welcome to come and join us.

Facebook Group We Love Atina

All photos except where stated by me © Louise Shapcott

 

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244 – Atina Feast of Corpus Domini

The feast of Corpus Domini falls on the 9th Sunday following Easter. This festival is a real cultural community event where local people come together to create colourful decorative carpets to adorn the streets and squares of Atina. These designs are made using brightly coloured wood chippings and flowers.

A metal template is used to form the designs.

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Piazza Marconi, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Bishops Palace.

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Several special altars are set up in various neighbourhood along the route of the planned procession, the main one being sited in the doorway of the old cathedral.

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Also, along the way, apartment dwellers drape silk banners and beautiful lace trimmed linens from their windows and balconies.

For the solemn religious procession of the blessed sacrament, the parish priest wears an ornately embroidered wrap around  his shoulders. This he then uses this to hold the “monstrance” displaying the holy consecrated sacrament of the host which represents the blessed body of Christ.  Four proud staff bearers support a decorative canopy aloft, flanked by several dignitaries and cassocked youths carrying a crucifix and lanterns. The town band follows behind and many townsfolk join in the religious parade along the way. The procession slowly winds its way through various quarters of Atina.  At each of the special altars the priest offers prayers and blesses each of the districts.

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When the procession arrives back to the piazza in front of the old cathedral, more prayers are offered and then the cathedral bells begin to joyfully ring out.  Finally a Benediction takes place in the cathedral to conclude the day’s celebrations.

All photos are by me © Louise Shapcott

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243 – The Lake of Posta Fibreno

During our grandson’s April visit to Italy we took time to explore the Lake of Posta Fibreno, which is located in the beautiful area of the Val di Comino in Italy. The village, of the same name, is perched on on a rocky ledge and has a splendid view of the valley and lake below.

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The lake is in the shape of an elongated curve. It is a protected Nature Reserve measuring about 400 hectares.

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The lake is fed by thawing snow and rainwater that has flowed down from the slopes of the mountains of the Abruzzi. As the rock is limestone much of the rainwater is channeled underground.  Where a pool of water collects the water becomes dispersed through springs into the lake.  Thus the water in the lake is icy cold and crystal clear, and remains at a constant temperature all year round.  Scuba divers enjoy exploring the lake due to crystal clearness of the water.

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The lake has a curious “floating island” known as “la Rota” which has developed over the course of thousands of years due to an accumulation of peat, rhizomes, tree roots, plants and algae.  The thick mat of vegetation is not rooted to the bottom of the lake, so it drifts according the undercurrents  and the strength of the wind.  

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Local fishermen use flat-bottomed boats, known as “nàue”, traditionally made of oak and propelled by the use of a pole or an oar.  It is thought that this type of boat was designed and first utilised thousands of years ago by the Samnite people. The lake contains an abundance of fish such as trout, carp, eels and freshwater crayfish. The lake is lined by weeping willow trees, by rushes and reeds and other aquatic plants.

It is a popular haunt of nature lovers and bird watchers.  Several nature trails have been created through the park and there is also restored watermill and a museum of local culture and tradition to visit. 

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On the shoreline there are several bars and restaurants set beside the lake. There are also lovely spots to have a family picnic. It is a favourite place to visit on a Sunday afternoon by the locals.

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We hired a pedal boat to further explore the lake. 

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We saw numerous birds such as coots, ducks and herons. There were also some eager beavers who were busily collecting sticks to build their dams. Together with its unique natural beauty and eco-system the lake provides an ideal environment for many species of flora and fauna. 

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194 – 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – Summary and Plans For 2015

Well, sadly all good things must come to an end. 

All the members of the “We Love Atina !!!” Group seemed to really enjoy their long weekend in Atina.  They were a great bunch of people and everyone got on so well.  The weather was so kind to us, lovely warm sunny days, perfect for all our little trips around Atina and it environs.

We enjoyed several lovely evening meals together at …

The Villa Fortuna’s restaurant in lower Atina / Ponte Melfa.  We found it to be very friendly, the food was very good, tasty and reasonably priced.

We Love Atina Group at Villa Fortuna Restaurant Atina Italy

We also used the Villa Fortuna’s bar as our meeting point and were made so welcome by Marcello and Christiane, the Italian / American owners who also share our passion for Atina and genealogy. We were also able to use their Wifi network which was very useful.  Thanks guys !!!

We Love Atina Group at Villa Fortuna Atina Italy

Paul and Trevor, Paula and Brigida

We Love Atina Group at Villa Fortuna Atina Italy

Gina and Mary

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Brigida, Gina and Mary

We Love Atina Facebook Group at the Villa Fortuna Atina Italy

Ernesto and Mark

The group also had a lovely meal one evening at the well known restaurant named “Il Vicolo” in Upper Historic Centre of Atina, which was also very enjoyable. 

We Love Atina Group at Il Vicolo Restaurant Atina Italy

Brigida, Trevor, Gina, Enrico, Paul, me Louise, Mary, Delfa

We Love Atina Facebook Group at Il Vicolo Restaurant Atina Italy

Trevor, Gina, Enrico, Paul

We Love Atina Facebook Group at Il Vicolo Restaurant Atina Italy

Gina and her father Enrico

We Love Atina Facebook Group at Il Vicolo Restaurant Atina Italy

Delfa and her daughter Paula

We Love Atina Facebook Group at Il Vicolo Restaurant Atina Italy

Brigida and Trevor

You can read more about “Il Vicolo” here:

Il Ristorante Il Vicolo on TripAdvisor

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One lunch time we went for a spot of lunch at “La Botola” (opposite the Museum) and had the typical Atina dish of “pasta e fagioli“.

Osteria-Enoteca La Botola on TripAdvisor

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During their stay in Atina Brigida and Trevor, and Gina and Enrico chose to stay at the Fontana Vecchia, which is situated a little outside Atina, so a car would be useful.  They found the owners to be very friendly and helpful and would have no hesitation in recommending it to future visitors of Atina.

Fontana Vecchia Website

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Mary stayed at the “Hotel Virginia” near the centre of Atina.  Here are some photos she took of the view from her room:

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Atina Frosinone Italy Val di Comino

Atina Frosinone Italy Val di Comino

Atina Frosinone Italy Val di Comino

She said: “It was very clean and quite retro … A mix of old and new, the owner’s husband is a French architect and he designed it. The owner also took me to the train station in Cassino when i left and would have picked me up too if I had called her … I spent a week there and I was the only one in the hotel so a bit scarey.   It was very central for Atina, if like me, you are without transport.”

Hotel Virginia Website

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The Bed & Breakfast Posta Vecchia is also well recommended.  It is situated in the heart of the old town of Atina. However it only has 2 rooms

The Bed & Breakfast Posta Vecchia on TripAdvisor

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We’d also like to recommend the Hotel Villa Fortuna (who also have the bar and restaurant above) to anyone looking for accommodation in and around Atina.  This is situated in lower Atina, in Ponte Melfa.

Villa Fortuna Website

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Well, we are soon  to plan next year’s “We Love Atina” Group’s next gathering in 2015.  We hope it may become an annual event. 

The date is still to be decided, however some have asked if it could be held during the summer months. 

Any further feedback would be much appreciated.

If you would like to join us, please feel free to join our

“We Love Atina !!!” Facebook Group

or get in touch with me. The more the merrier !!!

Ciao for now !!!

Louise

My Atina Website:  http://atinaitaly.com

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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191 – 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – Visit to the Casa Museo Académie Vitti

Francesco Massa also organised for us to visit a local museum by the name of Casa Museo Académie Vitti.  We did not know of its existence prior to this, and from the outside it just looked like an ordinary house, but once inside what a treasure trove it proved to be.

Museo Académie Vitti Atina Frosinone Italy

The museum is dedicated to the Academie Vitti, a private art school, founded by Cesare Vitti in the Boulevard de Montparnasse, Paris in 1894. During this period the Montparnasse quartier was a centre of art and bohemian culture which attracted artists from all over the world.

Museum of Académie Vitti of Montparnasse Paris

Casa Museo Académie Vitti, Atina *

Museum of Académie Vitti of Montparnasse Paris

There were three beautiful Caira sisters, namely Maria, Anna and Jacinta, who worked as professional models posing for artists, sculptors and photographers. They came from Gallinaro, a small town in the centre of the Val di Comino, quite near to Atina. On display are many nude sketches in pencil, charcoal and chalk and paintings and drawings by Jacinta Caira.

Anna Caira Museum of Académie Vitti of Paris

Anna Caira Casa Museo Académie Vitti

Giacinta Caira Museo Académie Vitti Atina Italy

Giacinta Caira

Museum Museo Académie Vitti Atina Frosinone Italy

There are also many postcards and photographs of models in costume taken by the greatest photographers of the time, such as Nadar and Naudet.

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Studio of Académie Vitti in Paris

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Maria Caira married Cesare Vitti.

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Maria Caira

Photos of Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

The Academie Vitti became one of the most respected schools of Art in Paris and operated without interruption for about 25 years, until the beginning of the First Word War in 1914 when the Vitti’s and Caira’s decided to return to Italy.  They lived in the very same house where the Museum is now situated.

Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

Cesare Erario is a direct descendant of the family and decided to open a museum to exhibit the family’s treasured private collection of authentic works and memorabilia.

Cesare Erario Museum Museo Académie Vitti in Atina Italy

Thank you to Cesare and Francesco Massa

for organising this really interesting visit.

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190 – 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – Visit to the Winery of La Ferriera

Our Visit to the Winery of La Ferraria. 

La Ferriera is an establishment run by a family that has a long tradition in the production of wine, specializing in the production of quality red wines with the designation of origin ‘Atina Cabernet DOC’.  It is located in the Rosanisco district of Atina and is housed in the buildings of an old Iron Foundry.

La Ferraria Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

La Ferraria Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

The Iron works were founded by the Bourbon king Ferdinand II  in 1858 to extract iron from the ore mined in the nearby area of Monte Meta.  There have been mines situated here since Samnite / Roman times, and it was this that historically gave Atina much of its wealth and accordingly the name of “Atina Potens”.

The plant had a huge blast furnace with a large air pump or bellows to ventilated it.  Today it is draped with a curtain of vines and creepers.

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

There is a spacious courtyard surrounded with other buildings which were utilised as warehouses in which to store the raw materials, workshops, administrative offices and accommodation for the some of the workers.  Unfortunately the life of the Ironworks was to be short lived as it shut down in 1860 and was left abandoned.

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

In the centre of the courtyard stands an ancient poplar tree.

Below – Lucio Mancini giving us the guided tour.

Visit to La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

Some of the old building are now used for the production of wine. The Cabernet and Syrah varieties of grape are cultivated in the vineyards of the estate of Colle Alto in lower Atina, in the beautiful Val di Comino. 

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Modern equipment has been installed for the production of wine with controlled temperature and inert atmosphere in order to obtain a good extraction.

La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

The wine is aged in barrels make of French Oak, with maturing on the lees and finally in the bottle. 

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La Ferriera specializes in the production of quality red wines with the designation of origin’ Atina Cabernet DOC ‘.

The Realmagona DOC, is produced with Cabernet and Syrah grapes, We also tasted the Dorato derived from Pinot Bianco and Malvasia varieties.

Below Lucio Mancini  overlooking the wine tasting.

Wine Tasting La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Lucio Mancini  overlooking the wine tasting

Wine Tasting La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

On the left – Francesco Massa

We were also kindly invited to taste of some other local delicacies.

Tasting Local Delicacies of Atina Italy

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Mark and Jan Waldron

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Brigida Varley and Paul

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Mary Gilmour, Trevor and Brigida Varley and Paul

 Delicious !!!

Thank you to Lucio Mancini – Sales Executive of La Ferriera and Francesco Massa – Consigliere Comunale of Atina for organising this interesting tour for us.

Thank you very much to Mary (shown on the left)

for treating us to a lovely bottle of

La Ferriera’s Realmagona Atina Cabernet.

So very kind of you !!!

La Ferriera’s Website

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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189 – September 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – Tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

La Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta stands in Piazza Marconi, in the centre of the historic old town.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Marconi Atina Italy

The Church was decorated in preparation for the up and coming celebrations of the Feast Day of San Marco (1st October), Atina’s patron saint.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Marconi Atina Italy

We Love Atina Group at Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Some of us chose to attend Mass at the Cathedral.

Me, Louise, lighting a candle for my mother in the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Atina.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina ItalyAfter Mass Monsignor Domenico very kindly agreed to give us a guided tour of the Cattedrale.

Guided Tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The church was founded in the 11th century on the site of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the god Saturn.  At this time the church was dedicated to St John The Baptist, you can see a statue of St John on the exterior facade of the church, located in a niche flanked by the bell towers.

Statue of St John the Baptist Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The remains of the martyr San Marco were deposited there.  In 1280 the church was enlarged  In 1349 the town of Atina and the church were destroyed in a devastating earthquake.  In 1405 a bell tower with four bells was erected. By the 16th century it had three chapels dedicated to SS Rosario, St John the Baptist and St Joseph and later more were added to SS Crocifisso and the Madonna of Loreto.

In 1743 the remains of the martyr San Fortunato were deposited there and in 1725 it was decided to totally renovate and expand the the structure including the construction of the dome,  the renovation works took approximately 20 years.  1746 the new church was reconsecrated and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and given her name, In 1798 the church was further adorned with the noble facade with two bell towers and in the first half of the 19th century the artist Teodoro Mancini of Atina painted the interior of the dome and the vault of the central nave. In 1873 the building was struck once again by an earthquake which caused the need for major reparations and further enhancements to the structure were included and then on the 3 May 1878 it was deemed to grant the church the higher status of a cathedral.

Since then the Cathedral has withstood the further serious earthquakes of 1915 and 1984.

The church we see today is decorated in an ornate Baroque style.  Monsignor Domenico Simeone showed us the beautiful altar intricately inlaid with multi-coloured pieces of marble in the Napolitan style, similar to work in the Abbey of Montecassino.

Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Marble Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Inlaid Marble in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Marble Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Inlaid Marble Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The main Altar of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.

Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The painting of the Assumption above the main altar

Painting of the Assumption in  Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The beautifully carved wooden Choir Stalls

Choir Stalls of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Carved Choir Stalls of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The Statue of Atina’s main patron saint, San Marco, and the Altar of the Cattedrale

San Marco in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The Pulpit and the Confessional

Pulpit of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The Baptismal Font –

Many of our Atina ancestors may well have been baptised here.

Font of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Some of the beautiful side Altars and Chapels

Chapel of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Side Chapel of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Side Chapel of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Painting of the Last Supper

Side Chapel of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

I would just like to add that it was here in this chapel in October 2005 that my parents, Tina and Hugh, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.  It was a very touching experience and a very special occasion.

Renewal of Wedding Vows in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Sadly they have  since both passed away.  How I miss them so.

Renewal of Wedding Vows in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Returning to the Cathedral – The ornate gilded dome and ceiling.

Ceiling of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Ceiling of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Looking towards the rear of the church and the organ.

Ceiling and Pipe Organ of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

A Fresco of St John the Baptist.

Fresco of St John the Baptist in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Ornate Baroque Plasterwork and Gold Leaf.

Baroque Plasterwork in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

The organ which was built in 1737 by the Catarinozzi family.

Pipe Organ of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

An ornate sarcophagus.

Sarcophagus in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Painting in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Statue in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Statue in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

During WWII and the heavy bombing of Atina by the Allies in 1943, the Cathedral was seriously damaged, the dome was destroyed and several works of art were also lost. In addition, sadly some paintings by the artist Luigi Velpi were stolen from the Cathedral in recent years.

Guided tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

Priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy

A big thank you to Monsignor Domenico Simeone who gave us a wonderful tour of the beautiful Cathedral, in perfect English.

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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188 – 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – A Walk Around The Cemetery

The Church of Santa Maria – the first church was built in 1044 on the site of the Roman temple of Saturn.  This was destroyed in the earthquake of 1231, however was soon rebuilt and was enlarged over the years. In November 1943 it was destroyed during the bombing of Atina.  This is the entrance to the Cemetery.

Ruined Church Near the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Atina’s Cemetery – The Visocchi Chapel

Vissochi Chapel in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Vissochi Chapel in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Vissochi Chapel in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Stained Glass Window in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Gravestone in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Grave in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Grave in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Vissochi Grave in  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

Looking down at the lower section of  Cemetery at the church of San Pietro and in the distance the district known as “Il Colle” and the small octagonal church of Santa Croce.

Church of Santa Croce Il Colle in Atina in Frosinone Italy

From Atina’s Cemetery

A view of the Val di Comino and the mountains beyond.

Val di Comino from  the Cemetery of Atina in Frosinone Italy

A section of ancient Cyclopean wall dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC, situated near the Cemetery.

Cyclopean wall in Atina Frosinone Italy

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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174 – Atina Get Together The Weekend of 26th / 27th / 28th September 2014

A while back I created a Group on Facebook called

“WE LOVE ATINA !!!”.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/62618687824/

Atina Frosinone Italy in the Val di Comino

This is an English speaking Group for people who share my passion for beautiful Atina and the Val di Comino and who have family roots firmly planted in this beautiful little town in Frosinone, Italy.  We now have over 275 members.

Cathedral in Atina Frosinone Italy

Brigida and I are currently organising a “Get Together” in Atina over the weekend of the 26th / 27th / 28th September 2014. 

Anyone with family connections with Atina is very welcome to take part.

For anyone who would might like to stay a few extra days – the Feast of Atina’s patron saint, San Marco, is held on 1 October.

Here are some ideas that Brigida and I have come up with

for the Get Together ….

The Friday Evening

Meet and Greet – to meet up with We Love Atina members of the group at a Bar in Atina. It would be great if we could find somewhere with a side room where we could all get to know each other, chat, show photos etc etc. and generally use as a base.

Saturday Evening:

All meet for drinks at a bar and on to Restaurant for dinner.

Sunday Morning:

Attend Mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.

Some other ideas ……

A Guided Tour around Atina, discovering the different districts, houses and palaces, learning about the history of the town.

A Visit to the local Museum and Library.

A Visit to the local Graveyard.

A Visit to the ruins of the old Paper Factory

A Wine Tasting at a local Vineyard and Tasting of local delicacies

If people want to stay on for a few days they could also …….

See the Monday morning Market held in Atina

For anyone who would might like to stay on for a few extra days – the Feast of Atina’s patron saint, San Marco, is held on 1 October.

San Marco Atina Frosinone Italy

Well these are a few ideas, perhaps you can come up

with some new or better ones.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like

to join We Love Atina !!! on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/62618687824/

and / or if you would like to attend this event in Atina.

This is my website about Bella Atina:

http://atinaitaly.com

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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