Itri is certainly one of the villages worth a mention among the southern area of the Province of Latina.
It is located strategically, under the Aurunci mountains yet just a few kilometers away from great beach towns such as Sperlonga and Gaeta. That’s why Itri is among the most interesting destinations of the Pontine area, attracting tourists from all countries.
Itri and its history
This is the typical medieval village built around a huge castle. The castle is in fact the main attraction of the town – located right in the centre of Itri – and is still perfectly preserved, in spite of the World War II bombardments.
During Roman times, Itri was a crossing point along the Appian Way, which is still up and running and is part of the Via Francigena. Along the way, you can see old pieces of architecture, such as post houses and watchtowers. The dangerous brigant Fra’ Diavolo took shelter here to oppose resistance to the French Army along with his gang.
The historical centre and the main attractions
Itri was hit by World War II bombardments and many of its monuments destroyed. Nonetheless, the alleys around the castle are still perfectly preserved and maintain their medieval allurement. Walking through Itri old town means experiencing history.
The castle of Itri dominates the town from the top of the medieval village – to get here, you must walk through the old alleys.
Itri main attraction is nowadays an event and ceremony location, but you can also visit its halls, its towers and the original communication trench that have remained in perfect conditions up to present.
Itri, the country… and the sea
Despite its small dimensions, the territory of Itri is truly diverse and varies from mountains to country and coasts.
Few people know that the local olive groves actually produce an internationally-known delicacy, the Gaeta olives.
In Itri you can even go to the beach – at the very end of the village, you can find a rocky jagged coastline named Punta Cetarola. Here, there’s a pebbly beach, a true hidden gem between Sperlonga and Gaeta also known as the “Beach of the Dolls”.