Alatri, thanks to its many Roman and medieval monuments, is one of the most interesting and popular destinations for day trips from Rome.
Top 10 tourist attractions Alatri
01. City wall and gates
One of the most unique attractions of Alatri is the old brick city wall. It has 5 large gates and was built around the old city center. During the Middle Ages, parts of the wall were restored and also new towers were added.
The Acropolis of Alatri is made of the same type of wall and is accessible through two gates, which are called Porta Minore and Porta Maggiore. The construction started in the 7th century BC.
03. Santa Maria Maggiore Church
The Santa Maria Maggiore Church was originally built in the 5th century. Highlights are the wooden sculpture group “Madonna of Constantinople” and the “Triptych of the Redeemer” by Antonio di Alatri. The church has both Romanesque and Gothic influences.
04. Palazzo Gottifredo
The Palazzo Gottifredo was built in the 13th century. The Museo Civico is located in one of the two towers of the building, which is named after the cardinal who ordered its construction. The nickname of the palace is Case Grandi.
05. Fontana Pia
Consecrated in 1870, Fontana Pia is one of three monumental fountains in the city. It is named after Pope Pius IX, in gratitude for the new aqueduct he had built. The architekt Giuseppe Olivieri designed a large square basin with a variety of small fountains above it.
06. San Francesco Church
The Church of San Francesco and its cloister were built in the second half of the 13th century. Among other things, this church keeps a habit donated to the city by the saint himself. The rose window is a small copy of that of the Santa Maria Maggiore Church.
07. Chiesa della Maddalena
In the Chiesa della Maddalena the frescoes painted in the 14th century stand out.
08. Archaeological Museum
The Museo Civico Archeologico di Alatri is housed in a tower of the Palazzo Gottifredi. The collection includes finds covering a period beginning in the 2nd century BC.
The Cathedral of Alatri (Cathedral of Saint Paul) dates from the 10th century and was built on an ancient pagan temple. It houses a relic from 1228 (Ostia Incarnata) in the form of a host turned into a piece of bleeding human flesh.
10. Chiesa dei Scolopi
The Chiesa dei Scolopi was built later (18th century). It stands opposite the Santa Maria Maggiore Church and its façade has a Borromini-like appearance.
More Tourist attractions Alatri
Santo Stefano Church
Most churches are enlarged when a reconstruction takes place, but the Santo Stefano Church built in the 10th century was reduced in size 6 centuries later because part of it had to make way for a monastery. There is a very old bell on display.
San Silvestro Church
The San Silvestro Church is located in the middle of the Piagge district. This church was built in the 10th century and has hardly undergone any changes since then. The paintings in the church itself date back to the 13th and 14th centuries, while the crypt contains even older frescoes.
The town hall of Alatri was built in the 12th century and is located in Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore. It was restored first in 1395 and then in 1559. Its present neo-classical appearance is the result of a radical reconstruction carried out between 1863 and 1870 under the direction of the architect Raffaele Boretti. The clock that decorated the building did not survive the Second World War.
- Chiesa della XII Marie
- Grancia di Tecchiena
- Cappuccine Monastery
- Fountain of Porta San Pietro
- “Le Piagge”
- San Sebastiano Church