Pontecorvo
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Pontecorvo, on the river Liri, derives its name from Pons curvus, though it could also be derived from "corvo" (raven), the Benedictine symbol, stemming from the period of its administration by the monastery of Montecassino. The origin of the town dates back to the 9th century, when the count of Aquino, Rodoaldo, built, on a rocky reef near the town bridge, a castle and a wall belt which included a tower (currently the belfry, belonging to the Cathedral of St. Bartolomeo, erected over the remains of the feudal castle). From 1463 Pontecorvo was a Papal enclave within the Kingdom of Naples and in 1805 it became a Napoleonic principality awarded to Gen. Bernadotte, future King of Sweden. With the restauration it went back to the Holy See, in whose possession it remained until 1860. In the Cathedral of S. Bartolomeo are precious frescoes, some attributed to Giuseppe Cesari "il Cavalier d'Arpino", others to Mazzaroppi, precious paintings (10th and 17th cent.) and a museum of religious items and hangings (17th and 18th cent.).
 
Pontecorvo lies near the traditional area for the cultivation of "peperoni" (chillies) and "fagioli di S. Oliva" (beans); during the French domination black tobacco growing was introduced in Pontecorvo. The inhabitants of Pontecorvo have been renowned through the centuries for their  terracotta crafts, notably  "cannate" (amphoras with two handles and a drinking spout), all sun-baked, a technique deployed nowhere else in Italy. The town was destroyed during World War Two but for the exception of the area of  S. Stefano, where a  Medieval gate was spared together with the Medieval Church of S. Giovannello.
Information
{mosimage} Mayor: Riccardo Roscia
{mosimage} Trown hall: tel. 0776380013
{mosimage} Population: 13.280 ca
{mosimage} Altitude: 50 m
{mosimage} Distance from Frosinone 45 km
{mosimage} Police: tel. 0776760163
{mosimage} Traffic police
tel. 0776743442
{mosimage} Tourist information tel. 0776760168
{mosimage} Patron Saint
S. Giovanni Battista
{mosimage} market day:
Lunedì
{mosimage} Zip code
03037
{mosimage} City Hospital
tel.0776.7691
     
Events
• Carnevale pontecorvese
• Rito della Palma Sacra (vigilia delle Palme)
• Sagra della "casata" Loc. Ravano (Pasqua)
• Passione Vivente
• Madonna di Monte Leucio (I domenica di maggio)
• Festa di S. Giovanni Battista (II dom. di maggio)
• Festa di S. Antonio (13 giugno)
• Ferragosto pontecorvese: sagra dei
  peperoni, tornei, gare e spettacoli vari
• Sagra delle sagnette e fagioli, loc. Melfi
  (fine luglio) 
• Festa di S.Ermete, loc. Ravano (fine agosto)
• Festa dei SS. Cosma e Damiano,
  loc. S. Cosma (26/27 settembre)
• Concerto di Natale nella Cattedrale
 
Museum
 
What to see
• Chiesa di SS. Cosma e Damiano (Loc. S. Cosma )
• Chiesa di S. Giovanni a Gaudio (loc. Melfi) 
• Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie 
• Casa nativa del Beato Grimoaldo Santamaria 
• Canonica e affresco dell' Immacolata ( sec. XVI) 
• Monte Leucio (ruderi dell'antico Santuario
  della Madonna)
Basilica Cattedrale di S. Bartolomeo con Torre
  di Rodoaldo ( sec.IX) 
• Porta S. Stefano 
• Porta Romana 
• Mura Longobarde di "S. Andrea" 
• Ponte Curvo 
• Kartodromo 
• Tiro a piattello, a volo, a segno nazionale
   
Famous people
• Gaetano Aloisi Masella
• Benedetto Aloisi Masella 
 
Special dish
• Cucina Tipica Ciociara
• La "casata" (dolce pasquale)
• Sagnette e Fagioli
• Peperoni Fritti
 
Fairs
• Fiera del Bestiame: 20 gennaio, 25 marzo, 20 maggio, 2 agosto, 25 agosto, 8 settembre, 27 dicembre
 
Where to eat and sleep

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Consult the list of Hotels and Restaurants 

 
How to get there:

By train: Train Roma-Napoli via Cassino to Roccasecca. Bus CO.TRA.L. to Pontecorvo.
By Motorway:  A1(Milano-Napoli) exit Pontecorvo; right S.S 628 "Leuciana" to Pontecorvo.

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