San Donato Val di Comino is a commune and town located in Lazio region of Italy in the province of Frosinone. The town is located close to Rome and Frosinone. San Donato Val di Comino is spread out over an area of 35 sq km and has a population of close to 2167.
According to scholars, the history of San Donato Val Di Comino dates back to the Romans and the region had been dominated by the Romans, Lombards and various other families and royalties over the centuries. The town is known for its ancient houses and monuments that are built on the slopes of the surrounding mountains.
Getting to San Donato Val di Comino
San Donato Val di Comino is located quite close to Rome and Frosinone. Visitors can get a bus to the town from either of these cities from the main bus stations. Buses generally leave for San Donato Val di Comino every few hours and the tickets are available at the station. The town is also connected to the other smaller towns in the province through the state buses. The easiest way is to drive down to the town from Rome or from Frosinone, the A1 MI-NA expressway Sora-Alvito-San Donato is the easiest route to reach the town. Those coming from Forca d'Acero can take the State road 509.
Moving Around San Donato Val di Comino
San Donato Val di Comino is a very small town; there are only a few places to visit in the town which are all concentrated close to the historic center of the town. Those who have their own cars can easily drive around the town since parking is not much of a problem. Exploring the town on foot is also quite convenient and easy since the streets here are not very crowded. The local buses in San Donato Val di Comino cover the main parts of the town. These buses are mainly used by the locals and visitors can travel through them quite easily.
Attractions in San Donato Val di Comino
Porta Dell Orologio
Porto Dell Orologio is the ancient gate that was once the main entry point for the town. The gate was a part of the extensive fortifications that were built around the town for defense purpose. The gate was built around the 13th century and has been restored a few times since then. There are three crosses located under the gate, according to legends these crosses represent the three bandits that were hung at the gate during the 16th century.
Sanctuary of San Donato
The sanctuary of San Donato is the most important place to visit in San Donato Val di Comino. The origin of the sanctuary dates back to the little Benedictine Abbey which had been mentioned in an ancient document in 778 AD. The sanctuary had later been renovated and expanded over the years in the 17th and the 18th centuries. Inside the building is a single nave with two aisles and a vault that has been decorated and gilded. The sanctuary had beautiful paintings and frescoes that depict the scenes from the life of the martyrs in Reiti.
The ancient Torre of San Donato had been built in the town in the 13th century. The tower is located close to the sanctuary and had been built by the counts of Acquino. The shape of the tower is square and it has been relatively well maintained over the centuries.
Duomo of San Donato Val di Comino
The Duomo of San Donato was originally built in the 14th century and had later been expanded and renovated in the 18th century. The large cathedral now has a baroque style of architecture. Inside the cathedral is a beautiful pipe organ and the large altar has the remains of Saint Costanza.
The Palazzo Quadrari is located close to the Duomo and was built in the 18th century. The large palace has a beautiful architecture designed by the masters of the Vanvitelli School with Roman epigraphs located close to the "stairs of honor". San Donato has several such beautiful palaces that had once been built by the wealthy residents of the town before centuries.
Stay and Accommodation
San Donato Val di Comino is a very small town, so there are only a few hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Because of its proximity to Frosinone and Rome, most people prefer to stay there and come to San Donato only as a day excursion. There are a few hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in town and a few old villas and mansions which now offer accommodation to tourists. Some of the most well known hotels in San Donato Val di Comino are Hotel La Grotte, Hotel Villa Grancassa and II Bruco B&B. Other than these, there are quite a lot of hotels located in the nearby towns.
Eating in San Donato Val di Comino
There are very few restaurants and pizzerias in San Donato Val di Comino, most of which are family run. The restaurants in town are quite small and have a casual and laid back atmosphere. The food served is mostly Italian and regional dishes that have been typical to this region. Some of the well known places in San Donato Val di Comino that are popular among the locals are Trattoria Capolavalle Di Tammelleo Aquilino, La Grotte Di Cence Silvana and Ristorante La Pieja. Other than these, there are a few taverns in town where light lunch dishes are available.
Shopping in San Donato Val di Comino
There are only a few places in San Donato Val di Comino where visitors can shop. The old section of the town has some shops and old markets that sell products for daily use to the locals. The weekly markets in town are colorful and lively and a good place to find some inexpensive souvenirs. Other than there are a few shopping streets in town that are lined with small shops selling clothes, jewelry, bags and hand made products.