The original town of Mondragone was built in medieval times, close to the ruins of ancient Sinuessa and it is today a landmark for both agriculture and tourism.
In the 15th century, it was the feudal property of the Sannazzaro family, before becoming a huge hunting reserve for the Bourbon kings in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is encouraging to note that the coots, quails, woodcocks, thrushes and larks of yesteryear still populate the skies above this rich countryside.
Monte Petrino dominates the town and what remains of the fortress, and the defensive positions most likely erected by fugitives from Sinuessa, are visible on its peak. A walk through the old town centre is like a trip through history, with traces of the ancient past evident in the doorframes, columns, and its many different sculptures.
The church of San Michele houses a precious marble crucifix, and the church of San Rufino, flanked by ancient columns, commemorates a much earlier building in Le Vagnole, believed to be the oldest place of public worship in Sinuessa.
A finely crafted silver-leaf statue of the Madonna is one of the attractions of Santa Maria Incaldana. It was found in the small chapel of Santa Maria del Belvedere, a peaceful retreat halfway up Monte Gaurano, once used by hermits for worship and contemplation. However, due to increasingly frequent Saracen raids, the chapel was abandoned in the 16th century. Mondragone is sandwiched between contrasting natural environments.