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Torrice was founded around the tenth century around a fortified castle with towers from which it derives its name. Initially it was among the possessions of the diocese of Veroli from which it tried to withdraw in 1129 and was for this set on fire and destroyed by order of Pope Onorio II.

In 1165 it was involved in disputes between the Papacy and the Empire, and was again destroyed, this time by the troops of Frederick I Barbarossa.

Since 1224, the village was  granted by the papacy to de Ceccano while the bishop of Veroli retained ‘stately rights’. During the fourteenth century, there were many disputes and struggles against the Caetani. At the beginning of the fifteenth century there was the universitas (union of citizens), the social organisation which appeared in the sixteenth century with its own statutes.

Torrice was ruled by various families and for its position on the border experienced the phenomenon of banditry since the seventeenth century.

The signs of economic recovery of the eighteenth century can be seen in the architectural heritage of the town that has erased its medieval roots. The boundary wall has been incorporated in the houses on the borders, the castle had been transformed into a beautiful building in the seventeenth century, the keep changed into a bell tower.

Torrice was hit several times by earthquakes, like the one of 1915, and many inhabitants fled to other parts of Italy, Europe and America.

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