The History of Cassino 


It runs about 143 pages including the index, and chronicles the history of the town from its Roman origins through its recostruction after the town was decimated in World War II.... Sambucci Ugo, as best I can tell, operates primarily as a weddding store selling engraving, wedding gifts, etc. and I encourage you to look them up if you are ever visiting there (Viale Dante n. 

Yesterday I finally received a copy of the book "Cassino dalle origini ad oggi" (or "Cassino, from the origins to today") by Emilio Pistilli.

This is the second edition of the book, published in 1994. It runs about 143 pages including the index, and chronicles the history of the town from its Roman origins through its recostruction after the town was decimated in World War II. The book focuses more on the post-war period and the history of the nearby Abbey than I would have liked, but I am nonetheless very excited to have a copy. The author tells me that the printing is nearly exhausted, and I was able to secure a copy only through the good graces of the guys at Sambucci Ugo in Cassino. Sambucci Ugo, as best I can tell, operates primarily as a weddding store selling engraving, wedding gifts, etc. and I encourage you to look them up if you are ever visiting there (Viale Dante n. 59, Cassino). They shipped me the book via international post on a promise that I would mail them a check. Try THAT with Amazon.com.

If you don't want to go to the trouble of securing a copy of the book, the website Cassino2000.com is a great site. Exclusively written in Italian (like the book, I should add) there is a lot of history and current information about the town of Cassino and surrounding areas. If your Italian is spotty, try a service like Google's Language Tools for translation. You can either paste in the Italian text or paste in the URL of the site you want to visit, and it will translate it for you. The translation are reasonably accurate, and are free, but there is a size limit so only the first section of a large page will get translated. 

Posted: Sun - April 18, 2004 at 07:35 AM          


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