Ausonia, Lazio

Ausonia is a town and comune in southern Lazio, central Italy. It takes its name from the Ausones/Aurunci, whose ancient town Ausona (member of the Auruncan Pentapolis), located nearby, was destroyed by the Romans in 314 BC. In the Middle Ages it was known as Fratte.

Ausonia
Comune di Ausonia
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Coat of arms of Ausonia
Location of Ausonia
Ausonia is located in Italy
Ausonia
Ausonia
Location of Ausonia in Italy
Ausonia is located in Lazio
Ausonia
Ausonia
Ausonia (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°21′N 13°45′E / 41.350°N 13.750°E / 41.350; 13.750
CountryItaly
RegionLazio
ProvinceFrosinone (FR)
FrazioniMadonna del Piano, Selvacava
Government
 • MayorBenedetto Cardillo
Area
 • Total20 km2 (8 sq mi)
Elevation
178 m (584 ft)
Population
 (28 February 2017)[3]
 • Total2,593
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ausoniesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03040
Dialing code0776
Patron saintSt. Michael
Saint daySeptember 29
WebsiteOfficial website
Portal of the Santuario di Santa Maria del Piano.

Ausonia is located near the border between Lazio and Campania, in a valley between the Monti Aurunci and the Mainarde. Its names stems from Ausona, an ancient city of the Osci, whose location, however, has not been identified after it was destroyed by the Romans in 314 BC. The finding of Latin inscriptions devoted to Hercules suggest that a pilgrimage road could pass from here in ancient times.

Main sightsEdit

The main attraction is the sanctuary of Santa Maria del Piano (15th century, although founded in 1100). Its sacristy has a maiolica pavement from the 17th-century Neapolitan school, and a polyptych by Giovanni Filippo Criscuolo (1531). The crypt has medieval frescoes with stories of the life of St Remicarda.

Other churches include the 12th-century San Michele Arcangelo and the church of Santa Maria di Correano.

Ausonia is home to a medieval castle built by the Princes of Capua in the 11th century. Remains include two towers around the keep and the walls.

DialectEdit

Southern Latian dialect is spoken in the city.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Population data from ISTAT
  4. ^ See: Pellegrini G. B, Carta dei dialetti d'Italia, Pacini ed., Pisa 1977.

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