Mandela, Lazio

Mandela is a municipality in the province of Rome in the Italian region Latium, located about 916 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012). It is located 48 km northeast of Rome.

The place was called until 1870 Cantalupo Bardella.


Mandela is on a hill between the rivers Licenza and Arrone. It is located on the edge of Lucretili above the valley of Aniene. Mandela is a member of the Comunità Montana Valle Aniene.

The nearby towns are anti Corrado, Cineto Romano, Licenza, Percile, Roccagiovine, Roviano, Saracinesco and Vicovaro.


Mandela is located on the A24 Autostrada dei Parchi from Rome to Teramo, with the exit Mandela Vicovaro.

In the district of Mandela Scalo train station is on the route Rome - Avezzano.


Horace, who owned a villa in the valley of Licenza, mentioned the place already named Pagus Mandela. In the Middle Ages, the town came under the name Cantalupo Bardella in the possession of the Orsini. 1814 came to Del Gallo di Roccagiovine. Julie Bonaparte, daughter of Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the Alessandro Del Gallo di Roccagiovine had married, founded in the mid-19th century, a respected salon, where many writers and other artists met.

1870 took the town back to the ancient name Mandela.


Source: ISTAT


Gaetano Sartori was elected mayor for the second time in May 2006.