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Itineraries in Lazio: the most beautiful stops of the Cammino di Canneto in the province of Frosinone
Image credits: Settefrati, Schioppaturo waterfall, © Tonino Bernardelli
After Umbria with the Via Francescana and Campania with the Via Francigena del Sannio, this month Borghi Magazine and Waidy WOW take us to Lazio. We present the Cammino di Canneto, discovering five municipalities: here are the things to see in Lazio and, in particular, in the province of Frosinone.
The Aurunci aqueduct
The Aurunci aqueduct, also known as the Canneto aqueduct, was intended to bring water to an area, stretching from the Abruzzo National Park to the sea, of about 5,000 square kilometers. The Aurunci aqueduct is considered to be one of the most technically complex and important aqueducts built after the war.
Settefrati: from the waterfall to the Sanctuary
Image credits: Settefrati, Piazza artistic fountain, © Tonino Bernardelli
- The first of the five stops leads us to discover Settefrati, starting from the Schioppaturo waterfall, dedicated to Pope John Paul II since 2008.
- A well-marked trail one kilometer long, leads to the Sanctuary of Madonna di Canneto, the destination of an ancient pilgrimage.
- In the center of Settefrati, in piazza Municipio, you can admire an artistic fountain and a washhouse, inaugurated in the summer of 1900 to celebrate the construction of the aqueduct which distributed water here and in the neighboring municipalities.
Roccasecca, the land of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Image credits: Roccasecca, Saint Thomas’ Church, © Adriano Di Meo
Roccasecca, rises on the bank of the Melfa River.
- We are in the land of one of the most important theologians and philosophers of the Middle Ages, Saint Thomas Aquinas, who was born in 1225 in his family’s castle, built on top of the hill of the village.
- From Roccasecca we find ourselves in a magical landscape represented by the gorges of Melfa - a spectacle of rocks, woods, Mediterranean bush and emerald waters.
- Halfway between Roccasecca and the Municipality of Castrocielo, stands the charming village of Caprile with its characteristic alleys of white cobblestones that rise towards Mount Asprano and lead to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the church of Sant'Angelo in Asprano, that is built into the rock.
- Near the evocative Lago di Capo d’Acqua is the Church of the Madonna dei Setti Dolori.
Cassino and its Abbey
Image credits: Montecassino, Abbey, © Adriano Di Meo
- In Cassino, third stop of our route, we are welcomed by the Roman Amphitheater and the Roman Theater.
- Restoration works also involved the Rocca Janula, erected during the 10th century, demolished and then rebuilt by Frederick II.
- The road continues towards Montecassino, which we reach to discover one of the most famous monasteries of Christianity, the Abbey founded in 529 AD by Saint Benedict of Norcia, who wrote the famous "Rule" right here.
Arpino, from history to nature
Image credits: Arpino, Acropolis, ©Giacomo Rocchi
History and legend intertwine in the events of Arpino, but even more so in those of the Civitas Vetus, the Acropolis, which still suggests and bears witness of its ancient life. Here the Waidy WOW app takes us to the discovery of a circular route about five kilometers long - with four fountains along the way - in the places where Marco Tullio Cicerone was born.
Isola del Liri: a waterfall in the historic center
Image credits: Isola del Liri, Waterfall, © Denise Compagnone
With Waidy WOW guiding us, we arrive at Isola del Liri.
- Here we find the Abbey of San Domenico, in the Municipality of Sora, founded in 1011 where Cicerone's family villa was located.
- Once in the town, we can admire the Grande Cascata that, with a height of about twenty-seven meters, is the only waterfall in Italy located in the center of a town.
- In Isola del Liri, it is also worth visiting the Castello Boncompagni Viscogliosi, one of the most impressive and best-preserved castles in the province of Frosinone.
Discover the Cammino di Canneto and the most beautiful places to see in Lazio and in the province of Frosinone using the Waidy WOW map!
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