Fara San Martino, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
This centre lies just below the Majella, the "Lady of the Apennines", in the wide, beautiful valley of the Verde river, whose waters are used to make the world-famous pasta. Beautiful grottos are all over the territory.
Altitude: 440 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 46 km -- Population: ca. 1500 inhabitants in 2010 -- Zip code: 66015 -- Phone Area Code: 0872 -- Frazioni: Fonte l'Abate -- How to reach it: road:SS 84 from Roccaraso, SS 263 from Guardiagrele
Archeological remains of the Roman period show that the territory was already inhabited 2000 years ago. The name "Fara" is of Lombard origin and means "borough". Then in the 10th century Bendectine monks colonized the area and founded the monastery of St. Martino in Valle, from which comes the latter part of the name of the village.
Points of Interest
- Church of St. Remigio, with a 17th-century Circumcision by painter Tanzio da Varallo
- remains of the 13th century Monastery of St. Martino in Valle, which can be reached through the beautiful canyon of St. Spirito
- Natural Reserve Fara San Martino-Palombaro
- at nearby San Pietro, Museo della Fauna Selvatica (Wildlife Museum)
- Majella National Park
Events & Festivities
- 19 March: Feast of St. Giuseppe, with a traditional bonfire near the spring of the Verde river
- June: Val Serviera ecological march to the spring of the Verde river
- 11 November: Feast of St. Martino, with festival of roasted chestnuts