Campodimele in Latina South Lazio Italy

The Village of Campodimele

The picturesque medieval village of Campodimele is perched high on a hilltop at an altitude of 645 metres. It is situated a little inland from the town of Itri in South Lazio, between the two mountain ranges of the Aurunci and Ausoni.  The head of the Aurunci Natural Regional Park is located in Campodimele. In Italy the village  has been classified as being one of the most beautiful in the country.

Longevity

The village of Campodimele has been awarded the European title of The Village of Eternal Youth as it is noted for the longevity of its citizens. It seems that they are a particularly hardy breed, who seldom have the need to visit a doctor.  In 1985 the World Health Organization sent researchers to the village to discover its secret. It seems that many of the villagers possess a dominant gene which keeps their blood pressure low and cholesterol levels minimal.  Other contributing factors may be the healthy mountain air, the less stressful pace of life, and consuming olive oil as an integral part of a healthy Mediterranean diet made of good fresh wholesome local ingredients. The elderly also keep themselves active and are not left to grow old alone.  Perhaps we should all take a leaf out of their books

The Main Square and Theatre

From the main square, outside of the town walls, there are beautiful views of the verdant valley, which has a wonderful patchwork of fields intermittently dotted with traditional old farmhouses. Just off this square  an outdoor theatre has been built into the hillside, similar in style to that of a Roman amphitheatre, which has seating for up to 1000 people.

Valley in Campodimele Latina Italy
View from Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Main Square of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Theatre in Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Theatre in Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Campodimele in Latina South Lazio Italy
Campodimele in South Lazio Italy

The Medieval Town Wall

The medieval village is encircled by sturdy stone walls with twelve turrets. Ancient houses have been built, embedded into the defensive structure. There is also a path, known Locally as Lovers Lane, which winds its way around the village. From here, once again, there are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, countryside and of the Liri Valley.

Town Walls of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Tower in Town Walls of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Tower in Town Walls of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Town Walls of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy
Tower in Town Wall in Campodimele Italy
Tower in Town Walls of Campodimele in South Lazio Italy

The Town Hall and Piazza Municipio

Within the town walls, in Piazza Municipio, stands the Town Hall. The square was created around a centrepiece. Here there is an ancient elm tree that was planted on this spot around the time of the French Revolution.

Town Hall of Campodimele Italy
Clock & Bell Tower Town Hall of Campodimele Italy
Old Elm Tree in Campodimele Italy

The Historic Centre of the Village

Access to the medieval centre is only possible on foot. It is a delight to wander around the narrow twisting cobbled alleyways. Here there are little piazzettas, covered passageways, pretty gardens with ancient mill stones, balconies with geraniums, murals and many interesting doorways.

Village of Campodimele in Latina South Lazio Italy
Garden in Village of Campodimele in Italy
Olive Mill Stones Campodimele in Italy
Piazza in Campodimele in Italy
House in Campodimele in Italy
Mural in Campodimele in Italy
Garden in Village of Campodimele in Italy
Little Squarein Campodimele Latina Italy
Alley in Campodimele Latina South Lazio Italy
Alley in Campodimele in Italy
Alleyway in Campodimele in Italy
Doorway in Campodimele in Italy
Old Door in Campodimele in Italy
Old Doorway in Campodimele in Italy
Old Doorway in Campodimele in Italy
Old Door in Campodimele in Italy
Window with Geraniums in Campodimele in Italy
Old Doorway in Campodimele in Italy
Old Doorway in Campodimele in Italy
Old Door in Campodimele in Italy
Angel Mural in Campodimele Italy

At the highest part of the town is the Church of San Michele Arcangelo.

Monuments

In one area of the village there is a small childrens park and play area. Close-by there is a beautiful mosaic by Giovanni Repossi, known as the Monumento all’Emigrante. It is dedicated to all the emigrants of Campodimele.

Nearby is the town’s War Memorial. There is also a bronze bell commemorating members of the Caribinieri who fought and were killed during the fight against viscous brigands and outlaws who troubled this area during the 19th century. In addition there are two statues, the first is the Monumento del Pastore and the second is a religious statue of Santo Pio.

Mosaic Monumento to the emigrants of Campodimele Italy
Mosaic Monumento to the emigrants of Campodimele Italy by Giovanni Repossi
Childrens Park in Campodimele Italy
War Memorial in Campodimele Italy
War Memorial in Campodimele Italy
War Memorial in Campodimele Italy
War Memorial in Campodimele Italy
War Memorial in Campodimele Italy
Statue of San Padre Pio in Campodimele Italy
Monument in Campodimele Italy