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Castiglione Messer Marino, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
This small centre is situated on a hill between the Sente River on the one side and the springs of the Treste and Sinelli on the other, surrounded by pastures and some of the few relic forests of silver fir. In the past local artisans were famous for their woodwork and stonecarving. It was the birthplace of Juan Manuel Fangio's father.
Altitude: 1000 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 103 km -- Population: ca. 1900 inhabitants in 2010 -- Zip code: 66033 -- Phone Area Code: 0873 -- Frazioni: Colle Trimarino, Padulo, Sant'Egidio, Valle San Salvatore -- How to reach it: SS 86 from Vasto
This part of Abruzzo was once the territory of the Frentani, an ancient Italic population. Still before, neolithic peoples left a trace of their presence in the mountains of the area. The present settlement took origin in the Middle Ages, and its name comes from its founder, feudal Lord Messer Marino Caracciolo.
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