The origins of Bassiano are not clear. It certainly began its existence around the 10th century founded by a small group of shepherds and farmers forced to find here a refuge from the continuous barbaric invasions.
The centre of the town offers stunning views of the Lepini Montains tops, while strolling along its streets and alleys it is possible to visit Sant’Erasmo church built around the 12th century.
The numerous intervention of restoration have completely changed the original architecture. The great walls, built by the Caetani family in the 13th century, make up the spiral structure of the town.
Getting lost among its alleys and hidden stairs leading to the top of the hill can be fun and it is possible to reach the above mentioned Sant’Erasmo church and the Civic Tower square.
The three doors of access to the old part of the town don’t only represnt an opening in the walls, but also the point where two worlds meet.
Like many other surrounding towns, Bassiano too has a tradition linked to the Templar Knights some traces of which are visible at the Santuario del Crocifisso, a little further out town. This beautiful town certainly deserves a slow visit.