Italian Village Walks: Civitavecchia di Arpino

A walking tour in 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗰𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗮 𝗱𝗶 𝗔𝗿𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗼, region 𝗟𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗼, center Italy, province of Frosinone, a small town of about 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟮𝟯 𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀 The birth of the first settlement on today’s Arpinian territory can be traced back to the Volsci. However, dating is difficult. Some scholars fix its birth around the 7th-6th century. BC, others, however, around the middle of the 4th century. B.C. Beyond Arpino there are several cities founded in the Ciociaria area by this ancient population. That of the Volsci was a population that lived above all on agriculture and pastoralism, but it was also very warlike. The wars with Rome are proof of this. The choice to build the first settlement on such high ground was due to defensive objectives. In fact, that of the Volsci was not the only population in central Italy and Marsi and Sanniti were among the most dangerous. It is for this reason that huge cyclopean (or polygonal) walls were erected to defend what would become Civitavecchia di Arpino, still visible today.

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