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) 

Built to rival Versailles in the 18th C, visit this exquisite example of Bourbon majesty and the surrounding water features and botanic gardens.
Marinelli Bell Factory, Agnone (2 hours from Picinisco)

Visit Europe’s longest running family business and with a trip to the museum displaying ancient bells, followed by a tour of the foundry and a demonstration of their musical notes. This same foundry cast the bell for San Lorenzo, Picinisco and for St. Peter's in the Vatican.

Montecassino Abbey (40 mins from Picinisco)

Destroyed and rebuilt 4 times in its lifetime, Montecassino Abbey is a place of both religious and historical importance in Central Italy. Visit the Benedictine Abbey, museum and dis- cover the effects of WWII of this religious site.

Museo Nazionale del Paleolitico di Isernia  (2 hours from Picinisco)

The palaeolithic fields of Isernia are one of the most complete examples of European human existence & the museum offers the chance to discover the world as it was 700,000 years ago!

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.

Pozzuoli Amphitheatre (2 hours from Picinisco)

The third largest amphitheatre in Italy, that of Pozzuoli was partially buried by the eruption of the nearby volcano at Solfatara thus was abandoned, but still the remains of which are well worth visiting.

Parco della Memoria Storica, San Pietro Infini 

Walk in the footsteps of history in this un- touched WWII battle site.

Prehistoric Museum, Pofi

The Prehistoric Museum in Pofi contains the remains of Europe’s oldest Man, dating back 800,000 years, as well as examples from Anagni from 458,000 and Pofi from 350,000, offer- ing an important insight into human existence.
Roman & Samnite Archaeological sites, Venafro
Go back in time by visiting the ruins and excavations of Roman and Samnite sights in Venafro with a dedicated, expert guide.
Royal Palace of Carditello, San Tammaro
This 18th C Bourbon palace is located close to Caser ta and was used by Bourbon nobility of the Kingdom of theTwo Sicilies as a hunting lodge and agricultural site. It also houses the Museum of Peasant Civilisation.
San Domenico Abbey, Sora
Built in 1011, San Domenico Abbey was built on the remains of Cicero’s family countr y villa.It contains the remains of St.Domenic of Foligno who died in 1031 after establishing important Benedictine monasteries in the area.
Underwater Archaeological Park, Baia (2 hours from Picinisco)
This Ancient Roman resort town is now en- tirely submerged under water due to volcanic activity, but the remains & wonders of the time can be discovered by a glass-bottomed boat, snorkelling or scuba-diving. 
Winter Line Museum, Venafro  (1.5 hours from Picinisco)
An independent museum containing genuine German, Italian and Allied artefacts from WWII found in the mountains of Central Italy, displaying the everyday conditions of WWII for soldiers.
Trisulti - the Carthusian Monastery
Founded in 1204 in dense woodland, the Carthusian Monastery of Trisulti not only is a site of religious and historical importance, but also culturally as it contains prestigious pieces of art and an ancient pharmacy.
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