Borrello, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

This very picturesque village enjoys a wonderful view all over the Sangro Valley and the Monti Lupari. Very little is left of the ancient settlement, due to the massive destruction in WW2.


  • Altitude: 804 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 99 km
  • Population: ca. 500 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 66040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • How to reach it: by motorway A1 Rome-Naples, San Vittore/Caianello exit, then follow signs towards Venafro-Castel di Sangro, then take the highway Fondovalle del Sangro, exit Sant'Angelo del Pesco; by motorway A14, Val di Sangro exit, then fast lane "Sangritana" to Villa Santa Maria-Quadri; by train, Ferrovia Sangritana, station Villa Santa Maria-Quadri.


Important since pre-Roman times, the first historical mention of the center dates back however to the 11th century. Its name derives from the Borrello family that had lordship here for a great deal of time, establishing in the place an important defense post of their wide territory (from the Sangro to the Trigno river). It was also a feifdom of the de Couternay, Caldora, d'Alagno, Arcamone, Carafa and Mascitelli.

What to see

  • cascate del Verde The ruins of the castle and Baron's Mansion
  • The church of Sant'Antonio
  • The Rio Verde Waterfalls, Not to be missed are the waterfalls of the Rio Verde, inside a Natural WWF Oasis of the same name, which are the highest natural waterfalls in the Appennines, over 200 mt (600 ft) in three separate jumps.
  • The Abetina di Rosello, a picturesque Oasis along the border Abruzzo-Molise, rich of white fir and other plants, among them lindens, cores and rare Lobelius maple. The reserve is also a refuge for goshawks, sparrow-hawks, hoot and cut capers.

Events and Festivities

  • 13 June: Feast of Saint Antony
  • 16-17 August: Feast of Saints Rocco and Egidio
  • 13 December: Feast of Santa Lucia.

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