Marino, Lazio

Comune di Marino

View of the historical centre.

Coat of arms

Location of Marino in Italy

Coordinates: 41°46′N 12°40′E / 41.767°N 12.667°E / 41.767; 12.667
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Rome
Frazioni Castelluccia, Cava dei Selci, Due Santi, Fontana Sala, Frattocchie, Santa Maria delle Mole
  Mayor Carlo Colizza
  Total 26.10 km2 (10.08 sq mi)
Elevation 360 m (1,180 ft)
Population (31 August 2015)
  Total 42,575
  Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Marinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 00047
Dialing code 06
Patron saint San Barnaba
Saint day June 11
Website Official website

Marino (Marinum or Castrimoenium in Latin, Marini in local dialect) 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[1] and a territory of 26.10 square kilometres (10.08 sq mi).[2] It is bounded by other communes, Castel Gandolfo, Albano Laziale, Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata, and Ciampino.[3] Marino is famous for its white wine, and for its Grape Festival, which has been celebrated since 1924.

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 Saracens, 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.[4]

In 1347 it was besieged in vain by Cola di Rienzo. Fifty years later, it was the site of the battle between Alberico da Barbiano and the French troops supporting Antipope Clement VII. In 1419 it was bought by the Colonna, 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 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.

Main sights

Mithraeum of Marino.
Fountains giving wine.


Twin towns

Famous citizens and residents


  1. It is the third comune in Alban Hills for population, after Velletri and Albano Laziale.
  2. , and the fourth comune in the Alban Hills for territory, after Velletri, Rocca di Papa and Rocca Priora.
  3. Ciampino was a frazione of Marino up to December 1974.
  4. Archived September 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
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