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Comune di Marino
View of the historical centre
View of the historical centre
Coat of arms of Marino
Location of Marino in the Metropolitan City of Rome
Location of Marino in the Metropolitan City of Rome
Location of Marino
Marino is located in Italy
Location of Marino in Lazio
Marino is located in Lazio
Marino (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°46′N 12°40′E / 41.767°N 12.667°E / 41.767; 12.667
Metropolitan cityRome (RM)
FrazioniCastelluccia, Cava dei Selci, Due Santi, Fontana Sala, Frattocchie, Santa Maria delle Mole
 • MayorCarlo Colizza
 • Total26.10 km2 (10.08 sq mi)
360 m (1,180 ft)
 (31 August 2017)[2]
 • Total44,142
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code06
Patron saintSan Barnaba
Saint day11 June
WebsiteOfficial website

Marino (Latin: Marinum or Castrimoenium, local Romanesco: Marini) is an Italian city and comune in Lazio (central Italy), on the Alban Hills, Italy, 21 kilometres (13 miles) southeast of Rome, with a population of 37,684[3] and a territory of 26.10 square kilometres (10.08 sq mi).[4] It is bounded by other communes, Castel Gandolfo, Albano Laziale, Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata, and Ciampino.[5] Marino is famous for its white wine, and for its Grape Festival, which has been celebrated since 1924.


Main article: History of Marino

View of the city

The territory of Marino was inhabited by Latin tribes from the 1st millennium BC. The ancient cities of Bovillae (Frattocchie), Mugilla (Santa Maria delle Mole, a frazione of the comune of Marino) and Ferentum (Marino itself) were part of the Latin League. Under the Roman Republic it was a summer resort for Roman patricians, who built luxurious villas in the area to escape the heat of Rome.

In 846 AD, Bovillae – until then the largest settlement – was destroyed by the Arabs, and the population moved to the more easily defendable area of Ferentum, which was fortified under the new name of Marinum. From 1090 it was a dominium of the Counts of Tusculum, and later a fief of the Frangipane and, beginning in 1266, the Orsini. In 1272, San Bonaventura founded the first confraternity of Italy there.[6]

In 1347, Marino was besieged in vain by Cola di Rienzo. It was the site of the battle between Alberico da Barbiano, who supported Urban VI, and the French troops supporting Antipope Clement VII, in 1349.[7] Marino was bought by the Colonna in 1419, who maintained it until 1914.

Marino hosted famous historical figures, from Charles VIII of France to Alfonso II d'Este and many others. Vittoria Colonna was born in Marino in 1492 and lived there for part of her life. In 1571, Marino's people welcomed Marcantonio Colonna, a protagonist of the Battle of Lepanto, with a triumph, remembered yearly by a festival.

It was visited by the Anglo-Irish aristocrat James Caulfeild, 4th Viscount Charlemont on his mid-18th century Grand Tour; he later named his estate of Marino, Dublin after it, and built the Casino at Marino for his home.[8]

It became part of Italy in 1870.

On 14 March 1880 the railway Rome-Ciampino-Marino was opened for service. On 1 April 1906 an electric tram line replaced the former. In 1954 the electric tram line was replaced by buses.

On 2 February 1944, during World War II, Marino was heavily bombed by USAAF B-25 aircraft from the US XII Air Force. In April 1945 during the Spring 1945 offensive in Italy, Marino was the scene of heavy fighting between troops of the British Indian Army and Axis troops which caused much of the city to be destroyed.

In 1974, Ciampino became a separate comune.

In the Due Santi district, there is the Roman campus of the University of Dallas, which opened in 1994 and is used by its students for year-round academic programs.[9]

Main sights

Mithraeum of Marino
Fountains giving wine



ASD Città di Marino Calcio was a football club of the city. The club folded in 2013 by selling its sports title and become A.S.D. Monterotondo Calcio.

The city has another football club, known as Marino Calcio 1926.

Twin towns

Famous citizens and residents

See also


  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. ^ It is the third comune in Alban Hills for population, after Velletri and Albano Laziale.
  4. ^ , and the fourth comune in the Alban Hills for territory, after Velletri, Rocca di Papa and Rocca Priora.
  5. ^ Ciampino was a frazione of Marino up to December 1974.
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Keen 2010, p. 311.
  8. ^ "James Caulfield & his Casino at Marino |". 10 August 2014. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  9. ^ "University of Dallas - Rome Programme". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2014.