The 4-star Best Western Rocca Hotel in Cassino is the ideal starting point to explore Ciociaria: parks for cycling or trekking routes with stops in wineries and farms to taste local products and wines.
Atina is a town rich in churches, buildings and history: the remains of numerous ancient Roman villas and other Roman remnants such as the aqueduct with its cisterns, remains of the Forum and thermal baths have, in fact, been discovered in the area.
The most interesting finding, however, is the large mosaic floor made of black and white tiles, dating back to the second century AD, exhibited in the hall of Palazzo Ducale.
On the mountain which overlooks the beautiful valley of the Rapido and Liri rivers stands MonteCassino Abbey, the world epicentre of the Benedictine order and a national monument since 1866.
Within the walls, the monks transcribed works of classical antiquity. Today, precious documents are preserved such as "Placito Cassinese", the first legal document in the vernacular, famous illuminated manuscripts and rare incunables.
The Abbey is situated in the green valley of the Amaseno river, founded by Benedictine monks around 1000.
Even today, the monks make excellent flavoured honey, jam, liqueurs and herbal medicinal preparations including 'Gocce Imperiali' (imperial drops), distilled spirits, the stomatic mandarin Rosolio, coffee Rosolio, aniseed Sambuca, Gran Casamari flower liqueur.
Collepardo - Certosa di TrisultiIts
construction dates back to 1200, within its walls you can visit St. Bartholomew church, the garden, the old pharmacy (which has now become a museum) where the monks processed the herbs and spices of the surrounding mountains, extracting essences and flavours for infusions and distillates such as Amaro Centerbe (one hundred herbs), Trisulti brandy, Sambuca anisette.