Frosinone is the capital of the province of the same name. The city has 46000 inhabitants and is located about 90 kilometers southeast of Rome in a part of the country known as Ciociaria.
Frosinone city guide
The address of the city hall is Piazza VI Dicembre – 03100 Frosinone. The ZIP code is 03100 and the area code is 0775. Suburbs are: Capo Barile Nicolia, Cerreto, Colle Cannuccio, Colle Cottorino, Colle Martuccio, Fontana Grande, Impratessa, La Cervona, La Pescara, Le Pignatelle, Le Rase, Madonna della Neve, Le Noci, Pratillo, San Liberatore, Selva dei Muli, Stazione, Valle Contessa, Vetiche I. The Tourist Office for the Province of Frosinone is located at Via Aldo Moro, 465 (Tel.: +39 077583381).
By car/public transportation
From Rome by car: Follow the A1 motorway in southern direction. The distance is about 90 kilometers. The A1 is a toll road. Alternatively, you can take the SS6.
From Rome by public transport: There are direct trains from the central station Termini to Frosinone.
Public transport from Naples: The cheapest way is to take a train to Cassino or Caserta and then change trains.
A brief history of Frosinone
Of the ancient history of the city, few traces can be found, due to the many earthquakes that affected the city. Bombings during the second world war have also left their traces. The old part of the city is located on the hilltop, while the more modern parts are below.
In Roman times, Frosinone was still called Frusino Ernica. It was then a small settlement, formerly inhabited by the Volsci, a tribe feared by the Romans. The name Ernica probably derives from another tribe, the Ernici. Frosinone was conquered by the Romans in 386 BC.
During the Punic Wars Frosinone was destroyed by Hannibal.
The Middle Ages have left few traces in present day Frosinone. This is partly due to natural phenomena, including a terrible earthquake in 1350, and partly to the domination of neighboring Alatri, which was a lot more powerful at the time.
After the Middle Ages
Towards the end of the Middle Ages, after a period of devastation by the German landsknechts (mercenaries of the Holy Roman Empire), the French, the Spanish and others, on top of which came a plague epidemic, Frosinone finally experienced a calmer era (16th and 17th centuries). Most of the interesting buildings in Frosinone are therefore from the Baroque period.
In the second world war the city underwent several bombings.
What to see
The Piazzale Vittorio Veneto offers a magnificent view of the surrounding valley. The main church of the city is the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral. The most famous buildings are the Palazzo Pietro Tiravanti, the Palazzo della Provincia and the Palazzo del Governo. The latter building is graced by pieces of furniture originating from the famous Reggio di Caserta.
Festivals and events
The Festa della Ràdeca is the highlight of the city’s carnival celebrations and takes place on Shrove Tuesday.