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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the captivating charm of Cassino in the picturesque region of Lazio: – Cassino is a town in the Lazio region of central Italy, famous for its historical and cultural heritage. It is located at the foot of Monte Cassino, a hill that was the site of a Roman town, a Benedictine abbey, and a series of battles during World War II. Cassino has a population of about 36,000 and is the second largest town in the province of Frosinone. Cassino’s history dates to ancient times, when it was a settlement of the Volsci, a people of Umbrian or Venetic origin. It later became part of the Roman Republic and Empire and was known as Casinum. It was here that the philosopher and statesman Marcus Terentius Varro had his villa. After the fall of Rome, Cassino was sacked by various invaders, including the Lombards, the Saracens, and the Normans. The most important event in Cassino’s history was the foundation of the Abbey of Montecassino by Saint Benedict of Nursia in 529 AD. The abbey became a centre of learning and culture, and the birthplace of the Benedictine Order. The abbey also produced three popes: Stephen IX, Victor III, and Gelasius II. The abbey was destroyed and rebuilt several times, most notably in 1349 by an earthquake and in 1944 by Allied bombing during the Battle of Monte Cassino. Today, Cassino is a modern and lively town that offers many attractions for visitors. It is home to the University of Cassino, founded in 1979, and several museums, such as the Historical Museum of the Polish Soldiers and the Archaeological Museum. It also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Carnival, the Feast of Saint Benedict, and the International Festival of Folklore. Cassino is also a good base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area, such as the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, and the Melfa Gorges.

Parco Lord Baden Powell is a park in Cassino, Italy, named after the founder of the Scout movement. It is located on Via Verdi, near the city center. It is a popular place for locals and visitors to relax, play, and enjoy nature. The park also has a Little Free Library, where you can leave or take books for free. The park is surrounded by a Saturday market, where you can find various goods and products. The park is also close to the Cassino Memorial, which commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II.

Abbazia di Montecassino is a Benedictine monastery located on the top of Monte Cassino, in the Lazio region of Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Europe, and it has a long and rich history. It was founded by St. Benedict of Nursia in 529 AD, on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. He wrote his Rule for Monks there, which became the basis for Western monasticism. The abbey was destroyed and rebuilt several times, due to earthquakes, invasions, and wars. The most recent destruction was in 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino, when Allied bombing reduced it to rubble. The abbey was reconstructed after the war, following the original medieval plan. Today, it is a working monastery and a pilgrimage site, where the relics of St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica are venerated. The abbey also has a museum, a library, and several cloisters. The Abbazia di Montecassino Museum is part of the Monte Cassino Abbey, a historic and religious site that dates back to the 6th century. The museum displays various artworks, manuscripts, relics, and objects related to the history and culture of the abbey and the Benedictine order. The museum also has a section dedicated to the World War II events that destroyed the abbey and the surrounding area. The Polish military field of honor is a cemetery and a monument that commemorates the Polish soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. The cemetery is located on the slopes between Point 445 and the abbey on the mountain of Monte Cassino, where the Polish flag was raised after the capture of the abbey. The cemetery contains 1052 graves of Polish soldiers, including the grave of Lieutenant General Wladyslaw Anders, the commander of the Polish II Corps. The monument on top of hill 593, also known as Monte Calvario, is a large cross with a bronze eagle and the inscription “For our freedom and yours – we soldiers of Poland – gave our soul to God, our life to the soil of Italy, and our hearts to Poland”. The cemetery and the monument were unveiled on September 1st, 1945, the sixth anniversary of the German invasion of Poland.

Cassino Cusine – Cassino has a cuisine that reflects its history and geography, influenced by the Benedictine monks, the Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Naples, and the French and German occupations. Some of the special dishes that you can find in Cassino are: Pollo alla cacciatora:- A hearty stew of chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and wine. This dish is said to have originated from the hunters who cooked their game with whatever ingredients they had on hand. Gnocchi alla cassinese:- A type of pasta made from potatoes, flour, and eggs, shaped into small dumplings and boiled. They are then tossed with butter, cheese, and black pepper. This dish is typical of the mountainous areas of Cassino, where potatoes are a staple crop. Sagne e fagioli: – A rustic soup of flat noodles (sagne) and beans (fagioli), flavored with garlic, rosemary, and chili. This dish is a common peasant food in Cassino, as it is cheap, filling, and nutritious. Pizza di Pasqua: – A savory bread that is baked for Easter, similar to a quiche. It is made with flour, eggs, cheese, salami, and spices. It is usually eaten with boiled eggs and ham on Easter morning. Ciambellone:- A sweet ring-shaped cake that is soft and moist, flavored with lemon zest and vanilla. It is often served for breakfast or as a snack, dipped in coffee or milk.

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Photo Gallery of Abbazia di Montecassino

Photo Gallery of Abbazia di Montecassino Museum & Polish military field of honor.