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Monteferrante, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Immersed in a wonderful natural landscape among pastures and green woods, north of the Lupara mountain, this village is a precious relic of Abruzzo lore. In the past it was plagued by raids of brigands and disastrous landslides, which may be the reasosn for its being so underpopulated now.

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Info

  • Altitude: 800 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 89 km
  • Population: ca. 140 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • How to reach it: by road, SS 652 from Castel di Sangro or Lanciano; by motorway, A14 uscita Lanciano.

History

An Italic necropolis was found in the nearby countryside, which shows there was a settlement in pre-Roman times. Then in the early 12th century the Di Sangro family is recorded as lords of this feifdom and built a castle whose ruins can still be seen. The place was probably named after King Ferrante d'Aragona, and for a long time was ruled by the powerful Caracciolo family.

What to see

  • The medieval borough, with narrow alleys and old stone houses.
  • The village church.
  • The remains of the monastery of Santa Maria on the nearby mountains.
  • The Treno della Valle, a railway line connecting 29 centres of the Sangro Valley.
  • In the so-called Valle Macchia, a renowned, diuretic mineral spring, which might be a strong attractive for a rebirth of the place as a very specialized tourist destination.

Events and Festivities

  • 19 March: the "tavole di San Giuseppe" - for the Feast of San Giuseppe, tables are prepared by the local families for relatives and guests with an image of St. Joseph in the centre.

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