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Pennapiedimonte, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy





Situated along the rocky slopes of the Maiella overlooking the Avella river, the village has a territory rich in natural attractions and offers a wonderful view on one side of the "Tre Grotte" Valley with the highest peaks of the mountain (2500-2700 m), and on the other side out to the sea.

It is scarcely populated, but has a wide territory which reaches 2676 meters with the Focalone Mountain. The countryside is characterized by a very typical terraced structure, and for this reason was declared a national monument.

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Altitude: 669 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 29 km -- Population: ca. 500 in 2010 inhabitants -- Zip code: 66010 -- Phone Area Code: 0871 -- Frazioni: Capolegrotti, Caprafico, Colli, Coste dei Colli, Defenza, Fontana, Laio, Pisavini, Raiese, San Giovanni, Vicende -- How to reach it: motorway: A25 uscita Chieti, then SS 81

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Inhabited since prehistoric times, the village takes its name from Lapennam. An important strategic point first for the Normans and later for the Swabians, it was from the 15th century a fiefdom of the Orsini and Colonna families.

It was renowned in the past for its stone carvers, and one of the features of its architecture is the use of stone, finely worked to adorn windows, doors and balconies with sculptures of fruit, animals, faces.

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  • the parish church of Saints Silvestro and Rocco(1710-1725), with beautiful facade in Maiella stone and interesting frescoes inside of Nicola Ranieri from Guardiagrele (1749-1850)
  • Natural Reservoir Feudo Ugni
  • the National Park of the Maiella
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    • 16 August: Feast of St. Brigida

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