Comune di Paliano

Coat of arms

Location of Paliano in Italy

Coordinates: 41°48′N 13°03′E / 41.800°N 13.050°E / 41.800; 13.050
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Frosinone (FR)
Frazioni Cappuccini, Castellaccio, Jo Colle, Martinaccio, Mole, Poggio Romano-Palianese sud, San Procolo-Cimate, Santa Maria Pugliano, Sant'Andrea, Sant'Anna, Terrignano
  Mayor Domenico Alfieri
  Total 70 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 471 m (1,545 ft)
Population (31 May 2015)
  Total 8,300
  Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Palianesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03018
Dialing code 0775
Patron saint St. Andrew
Saint day November 30

Paliano is a town and comune in the province of Frosinone, in the Lazio region of central Italy.


Paliano was the seat of a branch of the powerful Colonna family whose head was Lord, then Duke, then Prince of Paliano. Their fortress dominates the town. In 1556 papal forces captured the town, which was governed for a few years by Giovanni Carafa, nephew of Pope Paul IV, as Duke. His wife, Violante di Cardona, was the Duchess of Paliano celebrated in Stendhal’s novella of the same name.

Upon the death of Paul IV in 1559, Marcantonio Colonna regained the town. His participation in the naval battle of Lepanto in 1571 is commemorated by the Via Lepanto leading to the family palazzo. The 17th century church of Sant’ Andrea contains the tombs of the Colonna, including a magnificent tomb for Prince Filippo II Colonna by Bernardino Ludovisi, completed in 1745. In the 19th century the Colonna fortress was sold to the Papal States, which used it as a prison.


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