Ceprano is a well-established community in Southern Central Italy, approximately an hour's journey from the two iconic cities of Rome and Naples. Since 330BC, there has been a settlement at the main crossing point of the River Liri, which marked the frontier of the Papal state during medieval times. There is even a short mention of Ceprano in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, naming it as the place where Manfred, King of Sicily was betrayed by his allies and as a consequence defeated at the Battle of Benevento by the Count of Anjou in the thirteenth century. Although destroyed by both the German and Allied Forces during World War II, it has become an important social and economic centre for the area. The town's archaeological museum also attests the finding of Argil (Homo cepranensis), which is the oldest human skull found anywhere in Europe to date.
With regards to present day life, the town is still important for the area both economically and culturally (having an industrial estate on the other side of the town from La Vignola and its own exit on the A1 Motorway). The pace of life here is relatively relaxed, especially during the summer when the hot Italian sun makes the swimming pool and lounger a very tempting alternative to everyday life! But at sunset, when the local townsfolk search for that cool breeze, Ceprano offers a host of events almost every evening that bring the community together in the central piazza. Events from Live Music to traditional religious festivals, where the streets are closed to traffic and the whole town meanders from popcorn stalls to local craftsmen selling their wares on the street. You could even be lucky enough to stay during one of the town's patron saints' days - those of St. Edwin (28th July), St. Roque (16th August) and St. Anthony the Great (17th January).
Although not regularly on the beaten tourist path, there are many undiscovered attractions nearby such as the Caves of Pastena, the templar abbeys at Casamari, Trisulti and Montecassino, the ancient Papal city of Anagni, the impressive medieval towns of Alatri and Ferentino, and many natural wonders from the mountainous Abruzzo National Park to the North, all the way to the breathtaking seaside town of Sperlonga and the Pontine Islands to the South.