Sermoneta is a hill town and comune in the province of Latina (Lazio), central Italy.

Comune di Sermoneta
Sermoneta from above in October 2007
Sermoneta from above in October 2007
Coat of arms of Sermoneta
Location of Sermoneta
Sermoneta is located in Italy
Location of Sermoneta in Italy
Sermoneta is located in Lazio
Sermoneta (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°33′N 12°59′E / 41.550°N 12.983°E / 41.550; 12.983
ProvinceLatina (LT)
FrazioniCarrara, Doganella, Monticchio, Pontenuovo, Sermoneta Scalo, Tufette
 • MayorGiuseppina Giovannoli (Civic list)
 • Total44 km2 (17 sq mi)
257 m (843 ft)
 (31 July 2015[2])[3]
 • Total9,836
 • Density220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0773
Patron saintSt. Joseph
Saint dayMarch 19
WebsiteOfficial website

It is a walled hill town, with a 13th-century Romanesque cathedral called Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and a massive castle, built by the Caetani family. The Cistercian Valvisciolo Abbey is located nearby. The churches of San Giuseppe (mainly 16th century) and San Michele (mainly 12th century) still stand.

A Jewish community engaged in the commerce of fish and lending is attested there from the 13th to the 16th centuries, when the community was removed following Pope Pius V's papal bull of expulsion, Hebraeorum gens sola (1569), which restricted Jewish residency to Rome and Ancona.[4]

Sermoneta is the hometown of the humanist Aldo Manuzio and eighteenth-century painter Antonio Cavallucci.[citation needed]

Scenes of the 2007 film Silk featuring Keira Knightley were filmed in Sermoneta.[citation needed]

The 2015 short film Italian Miracle was filmed in the town.[citation needed]

In 1978, an episode of Return of the Saint was filmed there: the town was known as Santa Maria.[citation needed]

Notable residentsEdit

Twin townsEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Data from ISTAT
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Sermoneta, Italia Judaica