Located a few kilometres from the Abbey of Montecassino, it preserves polygonal walls from the 6th century BC, sections of a Roman aqueduct, medieval, renaissance and baroque churches with a wealth of art works; and the Monti Bianchi mountains. one of the wildest areas in Italy.
Founded around the year 1000, it was a fiefdom of the Abbey for over 800 years. The historic centre, despite being bombed in World War II, retains long sections of its walls, some medieval towers, and remains of the city gates.
The polygonal 7th-6th BC century walls also tell the great story of Sant’Elia, also 5 meters high; long stretches of the Roman aqueduct, epigraphs, remains of buildings and two bridges; and then the medieval church of Santa Maria Maggiore, a little outside the centre with frescoes and a mosaic floor, magnificent for its view of the valley.
Well worth seeing are the Romanesque churches and chapels in the historic centre’s maze of alleys and arcades: above all Santa Maria la Nova, 13th century, with an inlaid 17th-century organ and choir.
Not only history and art. The town boasts a wild protected area, the Monti Bianchi: in this spot, the white dolomites make the landscape unique and the flowers that grow there rare.
Excellent traditional Ciociara gastronomy, but with other specialties worth a taste, like the canascione santeliano, a special filled bread, the pane ammollo, a soup of bread and vegetables with its own festival in August, and the bistecca santeliana, a stuffed, fried bell pepper; all accompanied by the excellent Atina DOC, a wine of the highest quality produced from French grapevines that grow perfectly in this area of Frosinone.