Maranola is a suburb of the municipality of Formia and is situated at an altitude of  275 metres above sea level

overlooking the splendid Gulf of Gaeta.









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Village of  Maranola Formia in Latina Italy Maranola Formia Italy View from Maranola Formia in Latina Italy

During the time when there were many Saracen invasions along the coastline, the local people fled inland to higher ground and small fortified towns were formed at Maranola, Trivio and Castellonorato.

Maranola was first documented in 1029 and was described as a Castrum, a fortification with walls and towers.

Village of  Maranola Formia in Latina Italy

photo © Maurizio Aprea


photo © Maurizio Aprea


The Medieval tower,  which still stands today, was built by the Caetani family during the second half of the 1300’s, along with the nearby towers of  Castellonorato and Castellone which guarded the area against invaders. The tower is 30 meters high and is located in the upper part of the town.  There are three other towers but these are now covered in dense undergrowth.

Medievali Tower of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy Caetani Tower of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy

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Close to the tower is the Chiesa di San Luca Evangelista, who is the town’s patron saint.  The church is decorated with a number of ancient frescoes and houses a statue of Saint Luke of circa 1700. The church has a bronze door, of 16 panels, which is called the “Gate of Peace”.  It was created by a local sculptor, Gerardo De Meo, and was installed in 1989.

Bronze door of the Church of San Luca of Maranola, Formia in Latina, Italy Church of San Luca of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy Chiesa di San Luca of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy

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Bronze Statue of San Giuseppe and the Madonna and Child  Maranola Formia Bronze Statue of San Giuseppe and the Madonna and Child in  Maranola San Luca Patron Saint of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy

In the adjacent square there is a bronze statue of  San Giuseppe and the Madonna and Child.

A stone’s throw from here is another beautiful church dedicated to Santa Maria dei Martiri  which has a Gothic Bell Tower. The interior is decorated in a Baroque style and has some frescoes. The church also has an 18th century pipe organ.

Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in Maranola, Formia, Italy Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in Maranola, Formia, Italy Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in Maranola, Formia, Italy Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in Maranola, Formia, Italy Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in Maranola, Formia, Italy

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At Christmastime there is a charming display of the nativity scene with hand-made terracotta figurines which date back to the 16th century.

Nativity Scene in the Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri - Terracotta figurines Interior of the Church of San Luca of Maranola Formia in Latina Italy Fresco of the Church of San Luca of Maranola, Formia in Latina, Italy

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