Anagni

Anagni is a city in the south of Lazio in Italy. Close to the Autostrada del Sole between Rome and Naples, it is normally ignored by people hurrying along the highway. However, it well rewards a visit.

Understand

Anagni has an important history. In Imperial times, many emperors used to spend their summers there to escape the heat of Rome. In the ninth century the first Cathedral was built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Goddess Ceres. During the tenth and the eleventh centuries popes also began to consider it a healthier spot than Rome. In the thirteenth century Anagni gave the world four popes who were all members of the same family (the Conti family).

Fresco from the cathedral crypt

In 1302 Pope Boniface VIII, the last of the Anagni popes, issued the Bull Unam Sanctam, which claimed the Pope's absolute supremacy. Philip, King of France organized an expedition to arrest the Pope, who was captured in his palace at Anagni in September 1303. That event effectively marked the end of Anagni’s importance, as the seat of the Popes was soon transferred to Avignon in France.

Get in

Anagni is about 60km south of Rome on the A1 highway. There is a train station, however, it is some distance from the town. There is a bus stop at this station, but the bus does not run on Sundays and no timetable information for other days is provided.

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Eat

Anagni is the center of the area known as Ciociara. Try Spaghetti alla Ciociara, which has a sauce made from meat, ham, mushrooms and peas.

Go next

Anagni is 20km from the Spa town of Fiuggi.


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