The Castle and the Palace of the Caetani

The Castle

The Castle of Fondi stands in the centre of the town. The ancient Roman Appian Way runs alongside it. The imposing baronial castle has cylindrical towers and formidable defencive walls.  The first fortress was built in 1140 by the Norman Dell’Aquila family on top of the existing Roman Walls. During the 13th century a castle was built. The structure was remodelled many times over the centuries by its owners, the Caetani and Colonna families. Several stages of construction can be seen today.  In the early 14th century Roffredo Gaetani oversaw a building phase which included the construction of the square tower. The large cylindrical tower and the two smaller ones date from the next construction era of the second half of the 15th century. In the 19th century the battlement of the keep was demolished and for a time the structure was utilised as a prison.

Castle of Fondi in Latina Italy
Castle of Fondi in Latina Lazio Italy
Towers of the Castle of Fondi in Latina Lazio Italy
Tower of the Castle of Fondi in Latina Lazio Italy
Castle of Fondi in Latina Lazio Italy
Castello Baronale in Fondi Latina Lazio Italia
Circular Main Tower of the Castle in Fondi Latina Italy
Facade of the Castle in Fondi Latina Italy

In recent years the building has been thoroughly restored. Today it houses the Civic Museum of Fondi which holds some interesting artefacts relating to the town’s history. The castle is also a venue for many cultural events and exhibitions.

The Caetani Palace

Closeby is the elegant Caetani Palazzo del Principe or Prince’s Palace which was constructed between 1466 and 1477 by Matteo Forcimanya. It was commissioned by the Duke of Fondi, Onorato Caetani II, and later was the home of the beautiful countess Giulia Gonzaga Colonna. The building has some ornately carved stone windows and the gateway that leads into the historic centre also has a passageway which connects the palace with the castle.

The Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Caetani Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Caetani Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Arch of the Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Gateway into the Medieval Centre of Fondi Italy
Gate and Passageway To The Princes Palace on Appian Way in Fondi Italy
Window of the Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Window of the Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Princes Palace in Fondi Latina Italy
Within the historic centre are several churches: the Church of San Pietro Apostolo, the Church of Santa Maria in Piazza, the ex Church and Convent of San Domenico and the Church of San Martino. Within the maze of narrow streets and alleyways there is an old Jewish quarter.