Home Follow ItalyHeritage on Facebook

Villalfonsina, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy





Situated on a small hill along the right bank of the Osento River, it is surrounded by cultivated lands, orchards, vineyards and olive trees. The inhabitants are called "villesi".

arrowInfo

view
Altitude: 203 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 66 km -- Population: ca. 1000 inhabitants om 2010 -- Zip code: 66020 -- Phone Area Code: 0873 -- How to reach it: motorway A14 uscita Vasto Nord - by road: SS 16 Adriatica

arrowHistory

In the vicinity there are traces of Roman settlements and monasteries in the hinterland suggest that there have long been human settlements in the area. The present name derives from feudal Lord Alfonso d'Avalos, who founded the place and made it a lively agricultural center.

According to one tradition, he populated the area with refugees from Slavonia (Sclavonia) - actually the belltower of the central church, Madonna della Neve, still bears clear traces of a Slavic architecture. Other sources report that the settlers were not from Slavonia, but Albania.

arrowGenealogy, News & Links

arrowPoints of Interest

  • The public fountain
  • Villa Adami, XIX century
  • Bosco di Don Venanzio, a few km away, one of the most beautiful forests in the region

arrowEvents & Festivities

  • April: Feast of Saint Irene