The old village
Licenza is a medieval village perched on a hill with just over a thousand inhabitants located in the province of Rome and about fifty-six kilometers from the capital, which is part of the Mountain Community Zona X Dell’Aniene and the Natural Park of Monti Lucretili. The town holds numerous monuments such as the Museo Civico Oraziano, the Palazzo Baronale and the Biblioteca Oraziana. The village is erected on a spur between the ditches of License and Pisciarello, tributaries of the left of the Aniene, on the Lucretili mountains extending into the Ustica valley.
There are many sites of historical and archaeological interest such as: the Orsini Castle whose family had Roman origins; the Finte Bandusia mentioned by the poet In Odi (“Carmina” by Orazio formed by 103 poems whose writing dates back to 30 BC). In the years to come the city was a fief of the Borghese Family that lasted until its abolition of feudalism in the Papal State. In 1867, for the Liberation of Rome, the place was the subject of clashes in the Campagna dell’Agro Romano.
The archaeological sites present today are Villa di Orazio by (Quinto Orazio Flacco) which was given to him by a Patron in the far 33 BC.
As natural areas there is the Regional Park of the Lucretili Mountains which includes the Apennine front towards the Tyrrhenian plain. In the park, in addition to being rich in flora and wildlife, there are countless forests, large karst plains, small lakes and the tiny villages with houses lying at the foot of mighty castles.
Food of Licenza
The culinary specialties of Licenza are sagne (typical kind of pasta) with fresh small tomato and peperoncino sauce combined with the ancient tradition of spelt, typical dish of the festival that takes place during the summer season such as Sagra della Cimabella which generally takes place at the end of August each year, involving all the people in a harmonious way as it offers an intense program for adults and children.