Bomba, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Located at the foot of Mount Pallano, Bomba is a favourite tourist destination thanks to its green forests and the Sangro (or Bomba) Lake, picturesque and rich of fish.

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  • Altitude: 424 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 75 km
  • Population: ca. 900 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66042
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • Frazioni: Sambuceto, Vallecupa
  • How to reach it: by road, s.n. 81 from Chieti or s.n. 84 da Lanciano, then s.n. 652; by motorway, A14 exit Val di Sangro.


Traces of a pre-Roman settlement were found on Mount Pallano, though the first mention of the place was in the early 14th century. It was under the de Tibur, de Galiberto and de Anichino families, and later a feud of the Scotrò, the Caravita and Adimari families. In the 19th century Bomba gave birth to the brothers Silvio (a patriot) and Bertrando Spaventa (philosopher).
Bomba, Chieti

What to see

  • The old part of the town, which has preserved its original structure almost intact.
  • The The 16th-century Palazzo Baronale.
  • The church of Santa Maria del Popolo of the 18th century with stuccos by Piazzoli and Terzani and paintings by Neapolitan Ludovico de Majo.
  • The Monument to Silvio Spaventa, in the main square.
  • The imposing architectural complex of the San Mauro Sanctuary at Valle Cupa, a popular pilgrimage site.
  • The Ethnographic Museum
  • The Monte Pallano.
  • The Sangro Lake.

Events and Festivities

  • May: Feast of patron St. Mauro
  • July: Fish Festival
  • 7 August: Feast of St. Donato.

Where to stay

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