A Trip to Amazeno in Lazio Region in Italy

Looking for great places to visit in Italy in Lazio region, near Rome? Amaseno is a real gem of the world’s historical heritage and an example of rare medieval beauty. The artistic, religious and civil heritage of this village belongs mostly to medieval periods of history (especially 12th and 13th century). It is particularly famous for the reliquary vial of St. Lawrence. The tranquility and nature of Amaseno makes it a perfect destination for those who want to escape the stress and chaos of everyday life and enjoy the charms of medieval architecture.

Amaseno, Italy, 2011
Amaseno, Italy, 2011 | Source

Main info about Amaseno

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Status  
Municipality  
   
Population
cca. 4,500 inhabitants
 
Area
77 square km (29.8 sq mi)
 
Elevation
112 m (the center)
 
Table 1. Location and main demographic data for Amaseno

About Amaseno

Amaseno is a small Italian village located in the Lazio region (central Italy). It is one of the largest among the 91 municipalities in the Province of Frosinone. The village lies in a valley once called "The valley of San Lorenzo," surrounded by the Lepini and Ausoni mountains.The highest mountain peak of the surrounding Amaseno mountains is Monte delle Fate (Eng. Mount Fairy).


Amaseno, Italy - Map

Modified - November, 2011
Modified - November, 2011 | Source

If you want to access the village from the motorway or through Vallecorsa, you can drive in these directions:

  • from Pianura Pontina, going through Priverno (17 km),
  • from Castro dei Volsci going through Vallefratta (8,4 km)
  • from Fondi through Vallecorsa (???).

Nearby villages and municipalities with a history dating to periods before the Romans are: Priverno, Roccasecca dei Volsci, Ceccano.


Big cities and distances from Amaseno

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Frosinone  
19,2 km  
   
Terracina
22,3 km
 
Latina
36,6 km
 
Rome
86,4 km
 
Neaples
103,6 km
 
Table 1. The nearest big cities and distances expressed in kilometers
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Amaseno in the Lazio region, Province of Frosinone, Italy

History of Amaseno in a nutshell

Why you should think of Amaseno as one of the best places to visit in Italy? A short walk through the history of Amaseno may help you understand the reasons why Amaseno is an increasingly interesting Italian tourist destination.

Historians and researchers agree that Amaseno doesn’t originate from the Roman period; the position of the village wasn’t safe or typical for the strategies employed during the Roman period. Most of them agree that the village was set up around 800 AD near a monk abbey, which was typical in medieval times. At the time, barbaric invasions were a great threat to people and monasteries were seen as the safest places to be around.

Amaseno was called San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) and the valley was known as the Valley of San lorenzo until 1870, when the name was changed to Amaseno after the Amaseno river.

The first documented data says that Amaseno (St. Lawrence at the time) was the property of the Earls of Ceccano (Conti di Ceccano), and then of the pope.

After 1165, the village was burned during the war between Barbarossa and the pope. The 17th and 18th century were characterized by progress and prosperity, but the next century brought instability with the conquer of Italy by the French.


Churches in Amaseno

The inhabitants of Amaseno have always been of Roman-Catholic religion, and the village is rich with churches and sacral traditions.

  • The interior of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption has three naves (approaches to altars) which are divided by eight rectangular pilasters. The last four are reinforced by leaning pillars. The capitals (the topmost members of the columns or pilasters) are adorned with leaves, pointed arches and cross vaults. The ceiling is truss covered above the part where the first four simple pilasters are located. The light comes inside through 18 narrow long windows and two rose windows. The main nave ends with an added circular apse - a semi-circular or polygonal termination of the main building at the liturgical east end. The church aisles end with two rectangular chapels.

La Collegiata di S. Maria Assunta in Amaseno

(Eng. The Church of St. Mary of the Assumption )


An example of typical primitive Gothic art,the basilica-like shaped church of St. Maria was built with local squared limestone and using the technique of chiselwork. It is considered the first Gothic-Cistercian monument in Lazioand the first national monument of that primitive ogival architecture (particularly curves that form Gothic arches) introduced in Italy by French Cistercians (also called the Bernardines or the White Monks, a Catholic religious order of enclosed monks and nuns).

Year
Event
 
1165
The year when they began to build the church. The imperial soldiers burned it the same year.
 
1170
The front of the church was built this year, but the part near the apse, which draws on models of school Fossanova, dates from the 13th century.
 
1177
The consacration of the church and dedication to the Virgin Mary.
 
1291
The church was completed by Pietro Gulimari of Priverno.
 
1759-1766
The masters Alessandro Gonzales and Andrea De Santis added the circular apse and the hall-capitular with the external corridor.
 
Table 3. The building of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption and related events in a chronological order

The Church of St. Mary of Assumption, Amaseno, Italy - Photo Gallery

The bell tower of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy
The bell tower of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy | Source
The right entrance door of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy
The right entrance door of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy | Source
The main aisle in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption leading to the main altar;  Amaseno, Italy
The main aisle in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption leading to the main altar; Amaseno, Italy | Source
The wooden sculpture of the dead Jesus in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy
The wooden sculpture of the dead Jesus in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy | Source
One of the altars in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy
One of the altars in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy | Source
One of the three altars in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy
One of the three altars in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Amaseno, Italy | Source
The ceiling in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy
The ceiling in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy | Source
Gothic arch inside the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy
Gothic arch inside the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy | Source
The capitals - the topmost members of the columns or pilasters - in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy
The capitals - the topmost members of the columns or pilasters - in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy | Source
A wooden sculpture of a Saint in the church of st. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy
A wooden sculpture of a Saint in the church of st. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy | Source

This church is a must see place in Italy because it houses interesting wall paintings from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, stone and wooden sculptures, paintings, frescoes, statues and shrines, for example, rural tabernacles, the dead Jesus carved in wood, The Madonna between Saints Ambrogio and Nicola, The large canvas depicting S. Lorenzo.


The Blood of San Lorenzo

One of the most interesting tourist attractions in Italy takes places on St.Lawrence’s Day on August 10th in Amaseno, and the church of Saint Mary is well known because it houses the precious relic of the blood of San Lorenzo.The relic is a mixture of 50g of St. Lawrence’s blood, fat, cinders and a fragment of skin. The blood, which is coagulated during the year, melts becoming liquid every year on August 10th and this miraculous event has been scientifically proved and verified.


The statue of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy
The statue of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) in the church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Amaseno, Italy | Source

The Church of St.Peter the Apostle


The church dates from the 14th century, but it was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times until the present day. Only the bell tower preserved its original shape. The church was also mentioned in historical documents regarding tax payments. Some parts of the church are built in Gothic style, but it also has three naves and an apse dating from the 18th century.

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Year  
Event  
   
1328
The construction of the church was mentioned for the first time.
 
1749
Primitive Gothic structures had already been altered, and this year the baroque elements were in the remake. The remains of the primitive Gothic form of acute arches are still visible.,
 
1976
The painter Edmund Bell worked on decoration and paintings inside the church. He also worked on the facade and roof renovation.
 
Table 4. The building of the church of St. Peter the Apostle and related events in a chronological order
The church of St. Peter the Apostle in Amaseno, Italy
The church of St. Peter the Apostle in Amaseno, Italy | Source

The nativity scene in Amaseno, the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation

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The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. The window opens and the Angel Gabriel spaeks to the Virgin Mary.The apparition of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.The Nativity scene in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. After the apparition of the Angel Gabriel, the lights turn on, the music starts and the river starts flowing (followed by the sound of water).The Nativity scene (the central part ). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, ItalyThe Nativity scene (the right side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy
The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy.
The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. | Source
 The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. The window opens and the Angel Gabriel spaeks to the Virgin Mary.
The Nativity scene (left side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. The window opens and the Angel Gabriel spaeks to the Virgin Mary. | Source
The apparition of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.
The apparition of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. | Source
The Nativity scene in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. After the apparition of the Angel Gabriel, the lights turn on, the music starts and the river starts flowing (followed by the sound of water).
The Nativity scene in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy. After the apparition of the Angel Gabriel, the lights turn on, the music starts and the river starts flowing (followed by the sound of water). | Source
The Nativity scene (the central part ). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy
The Nativity scene (the central part ). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy | Source
The Nativity scene (the right side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy
The Nativity scene (the right side). Exhibited in the Church of St. Mary of Annunciation - Amaseno, Italy | Source

The Crib in the Church of La Madonna dell’Annunziata


(Eng. The Church of the Lady of Annunciation)

The structures of the church are of a Gothic-primitive style. The nave built in 1871 was destroyed in 1944 when Amaseno was occupied by the war oponents. The church houses an antique wooden statue representing the Virgin holding the Child in her lap.

The church became the home of Neapolitan presepio (nativity scene, manger scene, crib) in 1985. A group of young people from Amaseno make a new nativity scene every year; the group known as the "youth of the crib" (i ragazzi di presebe) won a prize for their remarkable work in 1998 and in 1999. They make great reconstructions of streets, stairs, balconies, squares and houses, and inhale the life into the scene by using taped sounds, conversations, songs and beautiful lights. I saw the 2011 crib – it was the best crib I’ve ever seen!

There’s more to Amaseno…

The Old Town is characterized by a wall with towers and five gates to the city center. The village is merged around the Piazza della Vittoria, which can be accessed through Porta Santa Maria. Besides other churches, monuments and places to visit and see, walking the streets of Amaseno is a wonderful experience to itself!

Walking the streets of Amaseno - photo gallery

Piazza della Vittoria, Amaseno, Italy (2011)
Piazza della Vittoria, Amaseno, Italy (2011) | Source
View to the north from Piazza della Vittoria, Amaseno, Italy.
View to the north from Piazza della Vittoria, Amaseno, Italy. | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy (in front of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption).
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy (in front of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption). | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Wooden door - the main entrance to one of the old buildings in the center. Amaseno, Italy
Wooden door - the main entrance to one of the old buildings in the center. Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
"Castrum" dating from 800 A.D. The remains of the fortress (near the Church of St. Peter, the Apostle), Amaseno, Italy
"Castrum" dating from 800 A.D. The remains of the fortress (near the Church of St. Peter, the Apostle), Amaseno, Italy | Source
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy
Album: The Streets of Amaseno, Italy | Source
Houses and buildings in the center of Amaseno, Italy.
Houses and buildings in the center of Amaseno, Italy. | Source
The pavement in the "Old Town" - the center of Amaseno, Italy.
The pavement in the "Old Town" - the center of Amaseno, Italy. | Source

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cavallo 5 years ago from Newmarket,UK

Mi piace tanto.


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vox vocis 5 years ago Author

@cavallo: Anche a me :) I took these photos about a month ago. Can't wait to go back :)


PWalker281 5 years ago

Wonderful, wonderful photos of Amaseno, steeped in so much history! I'm assuming this is where you spent part of your vacation. The information you provide, along with the photos, makes this little town come to life! Rated up useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting!!

P.S. Used Google to translate the Italian - I loved it (i.e., your hub), too!


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vox vocis 5 years ago Author

@PatriceWalker: Thanks, Patrice! Yes, Amaseno is one of the places in Italy where we spent most of our vacation. The village is so charming!


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europewalker 5 years ago

Interesting hub, beautiful photos! Looks like a place I would love to visit.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

What a beautiful place, one day I would sure like to pay a visit and walk down those streets of stone. Great pics and hub, voted Up!


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vox vocis 5 years ago Author

@europewalker & carcro: If you visit Amaseno one day, you won't regret it :) Thanks for commenting!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Vox, voted up and all across but funny. Well deserved I may add. Such a great informative article here. Absolutely stunning photos. I wish I could leave right now! I always consider that this article may be my only visit there in a sense. I can appreciate all the research and work put in on this class "A" article. I have always wanted to go to Italy. The landscapes and buildings are so interesting and beautiful. You really have did a wonderful job. Glad to be a fan of such a great writer. I look forward to more. Have a wonderful day/night and see you soon.


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vox vocis 4 years ago Author

@thelyricwriter: I'm so glad that this hub helped you feel as if you were there, at least for a couple of minutes :) I live in Europe and have family there so I'm lucky to be able to travel to Italy a few times during the year (hopefully, I'm travelling to Amaseno in May this year, again. I can't wait!). Italy is really beautiful. After my homeland, the most beautiful country in the world LOL

Thank you very much for engaging yourself on my hubs. I appreciate it!


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birdslover 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice hub!! Italy is such a beautiful place to visit.


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vox vocis 4 years ago Author

@birdslover: Yes, it is! Can't wait to go back :) Thank you for the comment!


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Jasmine. What a wonderful article on this quaint village of Amaseno. Your photos are just stunning. This just goes to prove your point about the entire country being a museum. I had never heard of Amaseno yet it looks beautiful and full of history. We'll have to add it to our list.

When I looked at your map and I panned it out a little I noticed that Amaseno is very close to Teano. Are you at all familiar with Teano? My grand parents were born there. My wife and I have always wanted to visit Teano but have not made it there yet. My parents went a few years and did locate and old cousin.

Great job. Sharing, voting and the other stuff as well.


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vox vocis 4 years ago Author

Thank you for the compliments. I supposed you had Italian blood in you because of your last name. Teano is in the Campania region, direction south, towards Neaples. It's famous because that's where Garibaldi and Victor Emanuel II shook hands for the sake of Italian unity. This event (1860) inspired the creation of many patriotic statues and paintings in Italy. However, I've never visited the place. Hope you have the time to go back to your roots and visit Teano. I'm sure it would be a wonderful experience.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Jasmine,

I am really enjoying your travel hubs. This one about Amaseno, Italy was really lovely. I almost felt as though I was inside of those churches and walking on those historic and pretty streets. Great photography and descriptions! Many up votes and also sharing.


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vox vocis 4 years ago Author

Thanks again, Peggy! I can't wait to visit Amaseno again. I could even happily live there.

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