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Villa Latina is one of 91 municipalities of Province of Frosinone.
Inhabitants: includes approximately 1260 inhabitants.
Elevation: approximately 415 meters above sea level.
Border municipalities: Villa Latina borders : Atina, Belmonte Castello, Picinisco, Sant'Elia Fiumerapido.
Postal code: 03040
Phone code: 0776
ISTAT code: 60088
Italian name of the inhabitants: Agnonesi o Villalatinesi
VILLA LATINA APROX 412 METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL, 17KMQ IN SIZE AND IS PART OF THE VALLE DI COMINO TILL1833 IT WAS STILL PART OF THE TOWN OF ATINA UNDER THE NAME OF AGNONE IT FORMED ITS OWN COMUNE AND IN 1862 and CHANGED THE NAME TO VILLA LATINA.
IN ROMAN TIMES IT WAS USED BY THE ROMAN LEGIONS TO REST SOLDIERS WHO HAD BEEN ON MILITARY CAMPAIGNS .THE AREA WAS KNOWN AS BAGNI IMPERIALE DUE TO THE MANY NATURAL SPRINGS.THE LOCAL CHURCH S.S,ANNUNZIATA WAS FONDED BY BERNARDO MANCINI AND DATES BACK TO 1619 .
SINCE THE EARLY 1800s THERE HAS BEEN LIKE MOST PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN ITALY MASS EMIGRATION TO ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE, THE UNITED STATES, GREAT BRITAIN, SOUTH AMERICA
. IN THE SUMMER PERIOD EVERY YEAR THERE IS A LARGE INFLUX OF VISITORS MOSTLY DECENDENTS OF THE EMIGRANTS, NOWDAYS A CHANGE HAS TAKEN PLACE AS BUYERS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM HAVE BEEN MOVING INTO THE AREA AS IT IS POSITIONED IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU ARE ONE HOUR TO ROME AND APROX ONE HOUR TO NAPLES .
VILLA LATINA IS FAMOUS FOR ITS ZAMPOGNARE Italian bagpipes WHICH ALSO DATE BACK TO ROMAN TIMES.THIS INSTRUMENT WAS USED BY THE LOCAL SHEPHERDS WHO AT CHRISTMAS TIME WENT TO NAPLES AND ROME AND PLAYED THE TRADITIONAL TUNES FOR THE LOCAL POPULATION AND FOR A LONG TIME WAS ONE OF THE ONLY WAYS OF EARNING A LIVING.
NOWDAYS WE HAVE MAESTRO GIANNI PERILLI WHO TRAVELS WORLD WIDE PROMOTING OUR ETHNIC MUSIC
See www.valcomino.org for further information.
COMUNE DI VILLA LATINA 0776 688015
www.villalatinanews.it LOCAL NEWS ONLINE
www.valcomino.org tourist information in english
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The cannellino bean is produced in the Atina, Villa Latina area on land next to the river mollarino and river melfa, as the terrain is rich in manganese which is important in the cultivation of the beans .
The cannellIno bean has been saved by the COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA DEL MOLLARINO.
This cooperative was formed to save the original
Seed as it was nearly extinct due to the introduction of new imported strains.
The seed was used by a handfull of the older generation of local farmers producing small quantities for personal use. Thankfully now the cooperative has avoided the loss of a local product which goes back to ancient times .The cannellino bean was a favorite in the kitchens of the 17 century King Ferdinando 11 di Borbone.
THE COPERATIVA AGRICOLA DEL MOLLARINO.
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