Fondi Town Centre
The Historic Centre
The historic centre of town is a fascinating place to visit. The main buildings of interest are the Castle and the Caetani Palace and there are several churches to visit. These include the the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of Santa Maria in Piazza. Betweem them runs the original route of the original Appian Way – known as the Corso Claudio Appio. A fascinating warren of little streets and alleys lead off of this ancient thoroughfare.
The Jewish Quarter
In the north east section of the old town there was once a Jewish quarter, known as La Giudea. There had been a Jewish presence in the town since Roman times. Many of the Jews were weavers and dyers of silk and hemp. Some were textile merchants, however there some who were bankers, judges and administrators. These people made an important contribution to the town’s economic and cultural growth. In Piazza dell’Olmo Perino, there is a building now known as the House of Spirits. This served as a place of worship – a synagogue. During the Malaria epidemic of 1633 it was used as a hospital and as a place to store the corpses of the deceased.
Photos of the Narrow Streets and Doorways
Much of Fondi’s town centre is now pedestrianised where numerous inviting bars and cafes sprawl out onto the pavements, where you can sit and watch the world go by. Next to the Castle and Caetani Palace is the large square of Piazza Unità d’Italia. Here there is a fountain, a statue of San Rocco and the remains of some Roman Baths. Leading off the square is the Viale Vittorio Emanuele III which takes you towards the Church of San Francesco. Here there is a statue of St Francis. Closeby is Piazza Alcide de Gasperi there is a war memorial in the form of a large mosaic, the work of Maestro Domenico Purificato.