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Caporciano, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Approximately 34 km southwest of Aquila, on the plateau of Navelli, is the village of Caporciano. A few kilometres away is the small burg of Bominaco, a frazione of Caporciano, with its two important churches and old castle. They date back to the Benedictine era, the monastery existed around the X century when the town's name was Momenaco. The castle was built by Benedictine monks as a way to defend their property from the Saracens who would periodically raid this area from their strongholds further south.
(A special thanks to Chris Bowman for the English text)
Altitude: 974 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: 35 km -- Population: ca. 300 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67020 -- Phone Area Code: 0862
Although the area is of medieval origin, there are numerous archaeological reminders of Roman and other Italic peoples' presence in the area. (Note, the four major Italic tribes that inhabited the area were the Peligni, the Marsi, the Vestini and the Equi.) In fact the town's name is thought to come from 'Capo Giano" (literally "head of Janus". That is, the ancient Roman deity who could simultaneously see the past and the future) or from "Casa Porciana" (literally "house of pigs". No, it's not because of the terrible housekeeping ability of the local inhabitants. It in fact refers to the continued large number of wild boars that roam the woods in the area).
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