Arpino was the birthplace of the Roman philosopher and orator, Cicero. The remains of his house can still be seen today. Ancient gateways and watch towers still stand as testimony of the town's history. It was the seat of both the Colonna and Boncompagni families, important Roman nobility.
It became part of the Kingdom of Naples in 1796, until the unification of Italy. Don't miss the Arco a Sesto, a unique ancient pointed archway that dates to the sixth century BC. The Castello Ladislao is a 15th century stronghold that dominates the town, sitting prominently on its peak. The Piazza Municipio is an elegant enclosed gathering spot lined with interesting buildings and sidewalk cafes. The Renaissance style Palazzo Boncampagni shows the city's wealthy side.
The area is known for its culinary traditions, which derives from the bounty of the surrounding mountains. Fresh ricotta cheese is wrapped up in fig leaves; pungent Pecorino, made from sheep's milk, is eaten fresh as well as aged. Truffles and mushrooms from the abundant forests find their way into many dishes.
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