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Borrello, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy

This very picturesque village enjoys a wonderful view all over the Sangro Valley and the Monti Lupari. Very little is left of the ancient settlement, due to the massive destruction in WW2.


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Altitude: 804 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 99 km -- Population: ca. 500 inhabitants -- Zip code: 66040 -- Phone Area Code: 0872 -- How to reach it:
Motorway A1 Rome-Naples, San Vittore/Caianello exit, then follow signs towards Venafro-Castel di Sangro, then take the highway Fondovalle del Sangro, exit Sant'Angelo del Pesco.
Motorway A14, Val di Sangro exit, then fast lane "Sangritana" to Villa Santa Maria-Quadri.
Train: Ferrovia Sangritana, station Villa Santa Maria-Quadri


Important since pre-Roman times, the first historical mention of the center dates back however to the 11th century. Its name derives from the Borrello family that had lordship here for a great deal of time, establishing in the place an important defense post of their wide territory (from the Sangro to the Trigno river). It was also a feifdom of the de Couternay, Caldora, d'Alagno, Arcamone, Carafa and Mascitelli.

arrowPoints of Interest

  • The ruins of the castle and Baron's Mansion
  • Church of Sant'Antonio
  • Rio Verde Waterfalls, Not to be missed are the waterfalls of the Rio Verde, inside a Natural WWF Oasis of the same name, which are the highest natural waterfalls in the Appennines, over 200 mt (600 ft) in three separate jumps.
  • Abetina di Rosello, a picturesque Oasis along the border Abruzzo-Molise, rich of white fir and other plants, among them lindens, cores and rare Lobelius maple. The reserve is also a refuge for goshawks, sparrow-hawks, hoot and cut capers.

arrowEvents & Festivities

  • 13 June: Feast of Saint Antony
  • 16-17 August: Feast of Saints Rocco and Egidio
  • 13 December: Feast of Santa Lucia

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