The Roffredo Caetani Foundation
It was established the 14th of July 1972
by Princess Lelia Caetani

The Statute in article 1 bears the motivations of the institution: “to honor and perpetuate the memory of his great House and to continue the social and educational work begun in the Castle of Sermoneta by his father, Roffredo Caetani, Duke of Sermoneta, and his mother Marguerite Caetani “.

The current Statute was approved by the General Council of the Foundation on November 24th 2008.

Lelia Caetani (October 4, 1913 – January 11, 1977) was the first President of the Foundation. Hubert Howard (23 December 1907 – 17 February 1987), her husband, was the second President, elected by the General Council on 25 November 1978. After Hubert Howard were Presidents of the Foundation, both for two terms, Riccardo Cerocchi (from 19 May 1987 at 31 December 1997) and Arturo Osio (from 1 January 1998 to 31 December 2007), for a single mandate, Gabriele Panizzi (from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2012) and Pier Giacomo Sottoriva (from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017). From 1st January 2018 President in charge is Tommaso Agnoni.

The organs of the Foundation are the President, the Steering Committee, the General Council and the Board of Auditors. The management of the Foundation is exercised by the Steering Committee. The Prefect of Latina, the Director of the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration, the Superintendent for the Architectural and Landscape Heritage of Lazio for the provinces of Rome, Viterbo, Rieti, Latina and Frosinone; for co-optation two advisors of the Camillo Caetani Foundation, one of the Leone Caetani Foundation and a counselor indicated by each of the bodies or associations promoted by the Foundation to support or support the activities of the Foundation, or who carry out similar activities to the statutory purposes of the same.

This allows to establish, in particular with historical associations, relations aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the cultural actions to be conducted. On the proposal of the President, the General Council can also co-opt up to eighteen people who can contribute validly to the pursuit of the Foundation’s goals.

To continue to make use of the contribution of Directors who have completed their mandate, the Honorary Council has been established.

The Foundation’s action, starting from the Castle of Sermoneta, from the Garden of Ninfa and from the historical building of Tor Tre Ponti, is projected into the Pontine and Lepini territory to contribute to the protection and enhancement of its identity that bears the centuries-old signs of Caetani Family.

Forms and ways of collaboration of the Foundation with other subjects (institutional and not) are governed by special tools (regulations, memoranda of understanding, agreements), in compliance with the motto of the Foundation itself: NON CONFUNDITUR.

Freedom of culture and operational autonomy remain indispensable and interdependent aspects of the Foundation’s identity.

The Foundation’s administrative offices are located in the historic building of Tor Tre Ponti, along the Via Appia at km 66.400, Latina.

The Statute of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation

Below are two articles of the Statute of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation onlus.
(The full version can be requested in pdf format at


1. The Foundation aims to:

a. protect and enhance the historical, archaeological, artistic, environmental aspects, also in relation to the European, national and regional regulations concerning them, the complexes constituted by the Castle of Sermoneta, the Garden and the historical ruins of Ninfa, ensuring its maintenance; the strengthening and restoration and the rigorous application of the aforementioned regulations as well as the two complexes also to the environment in which they arise;

b. contribute to the protection and enhancement of the oasis of protection for wildlife in the Ninfa area, located in the Municipalities of Norma, Cori and Sermoneta, established by resolution of the Regional Council of Lazio and of the surrounding territory;

c. contribute to the protection and enhancement of the Garden of Ninfa;

d. also contribute to the conservation of natural and semi-natural habitats, as well as wild flora and fauna, with particular reference to the site of Community importance included in the oasis referred to in the previous letter b, established by resolution of the Regional Council 19 March 1996, n. 2146 and subsequent decree of the Ministry of the environment and protection of the territory of 25 March 2005;

e. encourage, in the manner and in the most suitable terms for their protection, also through the preparation of specific regulations, public access to the Castle of Sermoneta and to the Natural Monument “Giardino di Ninfa” and promote in them and, more generally, in province of Latina, cultural, artistic, scientific and educational and social education activities, with particular reference to: 1. conservation, enhancement and restoration of cultural heritage; 2. protection and enhancement of environmental, landscape and natural heritage; 3. promotion in the Castle and in the province of orchestral and chamber music in memory of Roffredo Caetani, musician and composer, and dissemination of his work in collaboration with the Camillo Caetani Foundation, which preserves in his archive the manuscripts of his music; 4. any other cultural, educational and social initiative with reference to the specific fields of activity indicated in the previous points, also in collaboration with the Camillo Caetani Foundation, the International Center for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, the Istituto Superiore for Conservation and Restoration and other public or private bodies, Italians or other non-profit-making countries.

2. For the Pontine territory, in particular, the Foundation

a. it works to preserve and enhance the signs of the centuries-old presence of Casato Caetani and pursues the protection of the environment and the landscape, the protection and recovery of historic buildings and those connected to agricultural activities that testify to the life of the Pontine territory in the recent and remote past;

b. prefers activities that do not aggravate the criticality of the Monti Lepini aquifer system;

c. promotes the integration of different episodes of historical, archaeological, cultural and environmental significance also through environmentally friendly mobility infrastructures;

d. contributes to the use of building complexes of significant historical and architectural characteristics for permanent cultural activities (museums, art galleries, libraries, historical archives, auditoriums, …) and for other activities compatible with the stated purposes.


1. For the achievement of institutional goals, the Foundation may:
a. managing and enhancing agricultural properties and, more generally, its heritage;
b. create and / or sell publications and other related or related products with monumental complexes and institutional activities;
c. acquire donations, donations and contributions aimed at pursuing institutional goals;
d. organize and carry out other activities that can be considered ancillary to those institutional, as integrative of the same, or directly connected.

2. The Foundation can not, however, carry out activities other than those that are ancillary or directly related to institutional purposes.

The President, the Steering Committee, the General Council and the Board of Auditors are organs of the Foundation.
The General Secretary  and the Honorary Council are provided by Statute.

Members of the Board 2019

Tommaso Agnoni
President (since the 1st of January 2018)

Massimo Amodio
Vice President

Maria Rosaria Iacono
Vice President

Steering Committee
Armandina Antobenedetto
Paola Cerocchi
Clotilde Lucchetti
Maria Cristina Misiti
Giovanni Pesiri
Antonio Rodinò di Miglione

General Council
Maria Rosa Trio – Prefetta di Latina
Luigi Ficacci – Direttore Istituto Superiore Conservazione e Restauro
Stefano Gizzi  – Soprintendenza Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici del Lazio per le province di
Roma, Viterbo, Rieti, Latina e Frosinone

Andrea Gentiloni Silveri – Fondazione Camillo Caetani
Fulvio Tessitore – Presidente Fondazione Leone Caetani
Gaetano Benedetto – Presidente Ente Parco Nazionale Circeo
Sofia Bosco de Aguilar – Fondo Ambiente Italiano / FAI
Maurilio Cipparone – Consorzio Universitario Ricerca Socioeconomica Ambiente / CURSA
Raffaele Riccardi – Conservatorio statale di Musica ‘Ottorino Respighi’, Latina
Elisa Cerocchi – Fondazione Campus Internazionale di Musica
Esme Howard – International Friends of Ninfa (UK)
Natalino Corbo – Consorzio Bonifica Agro Pontino
Costanza Pera – WWF Italia
Alberto Raponi – Lega Italian Protezione Uccelli/LIPU

Agostino Attanasio
Alberto Budoni
Anna Esposito
Daniela Esposito
Michael Matheus
Luciano Monti
Azzurra Piattella
Stefano Salbitani
Rossella Sleiter
Sofia Varoli Piazza
Alessandro Viscogliosi

General Secretary
Nicoletta Valle

Board of Auditors
Gabriele Giordano
Pier Giorgio Avvisati
Tonino Del Giovine

Honorary Council
Rita Biuso
Giovanni Carbonara
Salvatore D’Amico
Raniero Vincenzo De Filippis
Giovanni Magnanti
Arturo Osio
Gabriele Panizzi
Antonella Ponsillo
Fulco Pratesi
Mario Priolo
Roberto Prosseda
Bernardo Rossi Doria
Lidia Soprani
Pier Giacomo Sottoriva
Giuliano Tallone
Luigi Zanda

Manager of the Garden of Ninfa
Antonella Ponsillo

Superintendent of the Garden of Ninfa
Lauro Marchetti