Historical Sessa Aurunca

Sessa Aurunca is an ancient town located near the long extinct Roccamonfina Volcano in the Campania region of Italy. The town’s rich history spans many time periods, starting with the remains of an ancient Roman Theatre from the 1st century AD. The town’s largest church building is the Cattedrale di Sessa Aurunca, construction of which began in 1113 AD. It features Roman Architecture with Baroque updates throughout. From the Church of San Germano, built in the 13th century, to the Church of Sant’Agostino, finished in the 18th century, there are eight other churches within the small town.


Across from City Hall is the Fontana Dell’Ercole (or Fountain of Hercules). Created by the sculptor Angelo Solari in 1825, the fountain was built to commemorate the installation of the town’s first water system. The fountain was constructed from white marble and depicts the legend of Hercules defeating the Nemean Lion. The many historical phases of Sessa Aurunca appear as a patchwork throughout the town’s winding alleys.