History & Culture Outside the Valley
Anagni Cathedral (1 hour from Picinisco)
The former Papal summer residence, Anagni Cathedral is a beautiful Romanesque edifice and contains stunning medieval frescoes. Don't miss the Crypt of St. Magnus - known as "the Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages. Anagni is famous for being the ‘Citta’ dei Papi’ - the town in which many Popes were born.
Aquino (1 hour from Picinisco)
The important and relatively recently discovered Archaeological site and Museum at Aquino are well worth a visit. Combine it with a visit to the House of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Castello Ladislao & Umberto Mastroianni Museum, Arpino (2 hours from Picinisco)
In Arpino (the city of Cicero), you will find the former Royal Court, Castello Ladislao now also hosts the Mastroianni museum which contains many of his abstract sculptures and artwork, but also hosts temporary exhibitions.
National Archaeological Museum, Cassino (40 mins from Picinisco)
The National Archaeological Museum comprises of items found from the Samnite and Roman periods in the Ciociaria region of Italy. It also comprises an Amphitheatre and the Mausoleaum di Ummida Quadratila, a wealthy noblewoman during the Roman Empire, whose grandson was a friend of Pliny the Younger.
Boville Ernica (1 hour from Picinisco)
Visit what is reckoned to be the first representation of the Nativity scene from the 4th Century to be carved in a sarcophagus in the Cathedral of San Pietro Ispano
Belvedere di San Leucio, Caserta (1 hour from Picinisco)
Discover the silk factory and community established as part of avant-garde social thinking of the 18th Century - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This became the model for New Lanark in Scotland, Saltaire in England and other historic and important factory towns.
Casamari, Veroli (40 mins from Picinisco)
The Abbey of Casamari
La Reggia di Caserta (1 hour from Picinisco)
Montecassino Abbey (40 mins from Picinisco)
Museo Nazionale del Paleolitico di Isernia (2 hours from Picinisco)
Nola (1.5 hours from Picinisco)
Not the New Orleans Museum of Art, but the town of Nola between Naples and Avellino. Here in the Convento di Sant'Angelo in Palco can be found a mediaeval fresco of the Last Supper painted by an unknown artist in 1503 and compared to that by Leonardo di Vinci in Milan. Unfortunately this is not always open to the public to avoid further degradation.