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Celenza sul Trigno, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

The village is located in a highly panoramic position, on a rocky hill between the rivers and Old Caccavone, to the left of the river Trigno. The old village is characteristic for the charming alleys, and enjoys a remarkable view that embraces the Maiella, the Matese and hills sloping to the Adriatic.

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Info

  • Altitude: 646 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 111 km
  • Population: ca. 980 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0873
  • Frazioni: Martinelle, Strette
  • How to reach it: by road, SS 650 da S. Salvo; by motorway, A14 exit Vasto sud.

History

The discovery of archaeological finds from the Roman period testifies to the presence of ancient settlements that continued in the Middle Ages with Germanic tribes as can be seen from the names of places as Torre la Fara and Fara. The oldest mention of the present village dates from the 14th century AD. From 1451 it belonged to the Barony of Monteferrante, and later passed under the d'Avalos, Pignatelli and Caracciolo families.

What to see

  • The parish church, with the 17th-century tomb of the d'Avalos-Pignatelli princes.
  • The church of St. Donato, with paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Events and Festivities

  • 7-8 August: Feast of St. Donato, with processions of women bearing gifts, religious songs and procession of the faithful to the Shrine of St. Donato. The devotees of the saint, who is the protector of epilepsy and headache sufferers, go to the shrine carrying as gifts baskets of wheat, and votive candles.

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