Gamberale, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
The village rises on the border with the Province of L'Aquila, among woods of firs, oaks and beech-trees which hide the small, picturesque Lake Gamberale.
Altitude: 1343 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 109 km -- Population: ca. 3000 inhabitants in 201 -- Zip code: 66040 -- Phone Area Code: 0872 -- Frazioni: Casale Stazione, Casale Tesoro, Piane d'Ischia, Sant'Antonio -- How to reach it: road: SS 84 from Roccaraso or SS 652 from Castel di Sangro
The name of the small center derives from the Germanic gamhall(os) which means "ally", and later became Gamalarius(erius); what is certain is that during the twelfth century it is mentioned as Gambarum. The settlement rose around the 13th-century castle. During the centuries it came under a number of feudal lords: Rainaldo Anichino in the 15th century, in the 16th century Giovanni Maria Annechini, followed by Giovanni Crispano, then it was sold to baron Giuseppe Mellucci from Capua for 500 ducat; later it passed under Marquis Odoardo Benedett from the province L'Aquila and finally in 1777 to the Mascitelli family from Atessa.
Points of Interest
- The Palazzo Baronale, which dominates Mount Sant'Antonio, along the Sangro Valley
- the Majella National Park
Events & Festivities
- August: Feast of St. Lorenzo, with sheep festival