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Comune di Ladispoli
Housing in Ladispoli
Housing in Ladispoli
Coat of arms of Ladispoli
Location of Ladispoli
Ladispoli is located in Italy
Location of Ladispoli in Italy
Ladispoli is located in Lazio
Ladispoli (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°57′N 12°05′E / 41.950°N 12.083°E / 41.950; 12.083
Metropolitan cityRome (RM)
FrazioniCentro Storico, Cerreto, Miami, Campo Sportivo, Caerevetus, Marina di San Nicola, Boietto, Olmetto Monteroni, Palo Laziale
 • Total25.95 km2 (10.02 sq mi)
 • Total41,604
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISTAT code058116
Patron saintS.Andrea da Melbourne
Saint dayMarch 18
WebsiteOfficial website

Ladispoli is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome, Lazio, central Italy. It lies about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Rome, on the Mediterranean Sea.


Modern Ladispoli includes the site of the ancient Alsium at nearby Palo Laziale, the port of the Etruscan city of Cerveteri and later a Roman colony cited by Cicero.

Alsium was destroyed in the 6th century AD, during the Gothic War, by the Ostrogoths led by Totila. Later a castle, named Palo, was built in the area: it was a fief of the Orsini and, from 1693, of the Odescalchi family.

Modern Ladispoli was founded in 1888 by Ladislao Odescalchi, from whom it takes its name.

In the late 1970s and until the early 1990s, parts of Ladispoli were popular with Soviet emigrants seeking political and/or religious asylum in Western countries (mostly United States, Canada and Australia). This proved to be a boon for the city's economy, as they rented apartments while awaiting their entry visas to those countries, usually for a period of two months to a year (depending on the country). The impact was most profound during off-season, when many apartments would otherwise sit idle and city life would enter a hiatus. The experience of Jews from the former USSR staying in Ladispoli in the 1980s was first described in English by Maxim D. Shrayer in his literary memoir "Waiting for America" (2007).[3]

Main sights

Torre Flavia


According to ISTAT figures dated 31 December 2010 there were 7711 foreign nationals living in Ladispoli. The nationalities most represented according to their percentage of the total population were:

Notable people

Twin cities


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Maxim D. Shrayer | Waiting for America".
  4. ^ "The roman villa of Marina di Palo".
  5. ^ archeoetruria
  6. ^ "Laura Antonelli, Italian Actress and Sex Symbol, Dies at 73". 23 June 2015.
  7. ^ "The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini".