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 specialty of License are the sagne (typical pasta format) with fresh tomatoes and chili sauce combined with the millennial tradition of spelled, a typical dish of the festival and of the village festivals that take place during the summer such as the Donut Festival which generally it takes place towards the end of August each year, harmoniously involving all the people who take part in it as it offers an intense program for young and old.