Fossacesia, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

In southeastern Abruzzo, Fossacesia consists of two separate settlements, one high on a hilltop left of the Sangro river, the other (Fossacesia Marina) along the Adriatic, near the picturesque Punta del Cavalluccio bay.


  • Altitude: 140 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 54 km
  • Population: ca. 6300 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66022
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • Frazioni: Campidoglio, Colle Cannizza, Colle Castagna, Fossacesia Marina, Sterpari, Strutto, Villa Scorciosa, Piano Favaro
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A-14 exit Lanciano.


There was a human settlement in the Neolithic and later in the Roman period. Roman columns and stones were dismantled and reused in the Abbey of St. Giovanni in Venere. There was a strong Benedectine influence in the development of the area, and in the XII century there was on the site a borough called Fossa Coeca ("blind ditch"). Then many different families possessed it in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

What to see

  • The Punta del Cavalluccio bay.
  • The Abbey of St. Giovanni in Venere.

Events and Festivities

  • 6-7 August: Feast of Martyr St. Donato
  • September: Grapes festival.

Where to stay

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