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The Castellone District of Formia

Castellone is situated in the higher section of the town of Formia. As you approach the lower part of the Castellone district, along Via Mamurra, you will pass under an arch and the remains of a roman construction.

Castellone is situated in the higher section of the town of Formia.  This district takes its name from the Torre di Castellone, whuch stands in Piazza Sant’Erasmo. The octagonal tower was part of the fortress which was built on the remains of a former Roman colony. In the mid 1400’s Onorato I Caetani, Count of  Fondi, built a fortress here in Castellone to protect against Saracen invasions. The town was surrounded by a strong defence system with fortified walls and was guarded by 12 watchtowers. A section of megalithic wall, made from huge polygonal blocks of stone, forms the base of the Torre di Castellone.

Tower at Castellone in Formia Italy
Tower of Castellone in Formia Italy
Tower of Castellone in Formia Italy
Gateway of the Tower of Castellone Formia Italy
Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Balcony in the old Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italia
Tower of Castellone in Formia Italy
Tower of Castellone in Piazza Sant'Erasmo in Formia Italy
An Ancient Polygonal Wall in Castellone in Formia Italy
Ancient Polygonal and Roman Wall in Castellone Formia Italy
Drinking Fountain Piazza Sant'Erasmo in Castellone Formia Italy
Narrow Street in Castellone in Formia Italy
Crucifix in Piazza Sant'Erasmo in Castellone in Formia Italy
Balcony in Castellone in Formia Italy
Narrow Alley in Castellone in Formia Italy
Piazza Sant'Erasmo in Castellone Formia Italy
Piazza Sant'Erasmo in Castellone Formia Italy
View of Formia and the Aurunci Mountains in Italy
View of Formia and the Aurunci Mountains in Italy
Sunflowers in Castellone in Formia Italy

Close to Piazza di Sant’Erasmo stand the churches of Sant’Erasmo and San Probo in Via Olivetani.

Church of Sant'Erasmo in Formia Italy
Church of Sant'Erasmo in Formia Italy
Churches of St Erasmo and San Probo in Formia Italy

From the Tower of Castellone the narrow street of Via del Castello leads downhill into the Medieval centre where there is a fascinating maze of narrow little vicoli.

Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Piazza with colourful flowers in Castellone Formia Italy
Historic Centre Castellone Formia Italy
Shrine in Castellone in Formia Italy
Shrine in Castellone in Formia Italy
Castellone in Formia Italy
Old Door Bell in Castellone in Formia Italy
Old Door in Castellone Formia Italy
Old Doorway and Narrow Alley in Castellone in Formia Italy
Stone Family Crest of a Doorway in Castellone Formia Italy
Stone Family Crest of a Doorway in Castellone Formia Italy
Narrow Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alleyway in Castellone Formia Italy
Old Door in Castellone Formia Italy
Narrow Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Lantern in a street in Castellone Formia Italy

In Piazzetta Sant’Anna stands the church of the same name.

Piazza Sant'Anna in Castellone Formia Italy
Piazza Sant'Anna in Castellone Formia Italy
Piazza Sant'Anna in Castellone Formia Italy
Church of Sant'Anna in Castellone Formia Italy

Nearby is the entrance to an ancient Roman water cistern known as the Cisternone. It was built in  the 1st century BC to supply the Roman town of Formiae with fresh water. It is possible to visit the Cisternone, see below.

Roman Water Cistern in Castellone Formia Italy

The narrow street of Via del Castello continues heading downhill.

Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Shrine of Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italy
Gateway of Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italy
Castellone Formia Italia
Archway in Castellone Formia Italy
Religious Shrine in Castellone Formia Italy
Religious Shrine in Castellone Formia Italy
Shrine in Castellone Formia Italy

Eventually you will arrive at an old gateway and Torre dell’ Orologio, also known as the Porta dei Spagnoli. It has an 18th century majolica clock and a single bell.

Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italia
Gateway of Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italy
Gateway of Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italy
Gateway of Torre dell’Orologio in Castellone Formia Italy
Maiolica Clock Tower in Castellone Formia Italy
Maiolica Clock in Castellone Formia Italy

Close-by is the 15th century Church of San Rocco which is situated just outside the walls of the medieval village of Castellone.

Church of San Rocco in Castellone Formia Italy
Fresco Above Door of the Church of San Rocco in Formia Italy
Balcony in Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
House in Via Capo Castello in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Steps in Castellone in Formia Italy
Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley near the old Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Alley near the old Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Apartment in the old Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Arches of Old Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy
Apartment in the Roman Theatre of Castello in Formia Italy
Roman Theatre in Castellone Formia Italy

Here also is the the Piazzetta di Don Antonio Forcino with a colourful garden.

Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italy
Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italy
Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina in Castellone Formia Italy
Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italia
Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italia
Roman Brick Work in Castellone District of Formia Italy
Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina in Castellone Formia Italy
Castellone Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italy
Shrine in Piazzetta Don Antonio Forcina Formia Italy

Also in this vicinity is the street Via Mamurra, where there is arch and the remains of a roman construction.

Also in this area in Vico del Teatro the remains of a Roman theatre can be seen, which dates back to the 1st century BC. Legend has it that this was the site of the death of Sant’Erasmo in 303 AD. Over the centuries apartments were constructed into the building.

Roman Archway in Via Mamurra in Formia Italy
Roman Building in Via Mammura Formia Italy
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