Sant’Apollinare overlooks the Garigliano, the river that marks the border between Lazio and Campania, from a small hill. Behind it are the Ausoni mountains; in front, higher up, the Abbey of Montecassino.
Sant’Apollinare has origins in the ninth century, when the Abbot of Montecassino had a small convent built, permanent residence of a few Benedictine monks of Montecassino.
The castle was erected later, though few traces of it remain.
Until 1806, the village remained under the aegis of the Monastery.
From the terraces of Sant’Apollinare the view takes in the hills where all the other villages in the land of Saint Benedict are located, together forming the Valley of the Saints.
The valley near the river is green and fertile countryside, with trees and cultivated fields, very restful and colourful when the sunflowers blossom.
There are events throughout the year dedicated to agricultural activities and typical Ciociaria gastronomy, from the livestock fair, Fiera del bestiame, July 22, starting from dawn, to pasta and gnocchi festivals in August, and the farmer’s feast, Festa del Contadino, also in August. Not to be missed is Carnival and the Saturday evening representations preceding Palm Sunday and Good Friday.
The town was crossed by the Gustav Line and was bombed in 1943-44. The residents, tenacious and attached to their land, rolled up their sleeves and made it into a positive place.