A (quite 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈!) 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒚 sunday walk in 𝗜𝘁𝗿𝗶, province of 𝐋𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚 , region 𝗟𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗼, center Italy, a town of about 10.000 inhabitants.
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The site was frequented in prehistoric times: remains of the Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts have been found.
It was part of the Aurunci territory, then conquered by the Romans, who built the Appian Way in 312 BC. The site acquired importance as a strategic place, however a very substantial inhabited nucleus was not formed, even if it is probable the presence of a small town, if only as a post station.
An ancient road layout, of which remains of paving stones was found, connected the place to the current Sperlonga.
The presence of a snake on the city coat of arms gave rise to the legend, devoid of archaeological evidence, that the foundation of the city was derived from the inhabitants of the city of Amyclae, who fled inland for an invasion of snakes. According to this legend, the name of the city derives from the mythological figure of the Hydra of Lerna.
The first news of Itri dates back to 914 (in a deed of sale a “Stefano, itrano” is mentioned). Between the 9th and 11th centuries the castle was built on a hill overlooking the passage of the Via Appia.
Itri was part of the duchy of Gaeta and then passed under the Dell’Aquila, lords of Fondi and then to the Caetani. It always belonged to the diocese of Gaeta. There the knight dynasty of Itri arose, occasionally lords of the city of the same name over the centuries.
The inhabited area first arose around the castle and only later expanded along the Via Appia.
Fra ‘Diavolo (Michele Pezza) was born there in 1771, who was first an outlaw and then a colonel in the Bourbon army of Ferdinand IV, fighting against the occupation of the French, who took him and hanged him in Naples in 1806. The personality of Fra Diavolo was the inspiration for various literary, theater and cinema works
From the 13th century until 1861 it was part of the Kingdom of Naples (later Kingdom of the Two Sicilies).
In 1911 there were 500 of the approximately 1000 Sardinian emigrants who had arrived in the municipality to work on the fifth lot of the Rome-Naples roads.
During the Second World War, in May 1944, bombing destroyed the town and its monuments by 75%.
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0:00 – [Drone intro]
2:05 – [Walking tour begins / Quite a Strong Windy day!]
3:40 – [☀️Via S.Martino / Gate S.Martino]
5:50 – [Casa Sferra – Birthplace of Pope Urban VI , born in 1318]
10:17 – [☀️St.Mary’s Collegiate Church]
15:53 – [Climbing Via S.Martino]
16:25 – [St. Michael Archangel’s Square]
18:20 – [☀️Statue of Fra’ Diavolo (“Brother/Don Devil”)]
20:16 – [Entering the old town of Itri]
21:20 – [Square and Church of St.Michel Archangel]
22:11 – [☀️Church of St.Michel Archangel]
28:00 – […Tour continues…]
34:40 – [☀️Castle]
37:05 – […Tour continues…]
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