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Montenerodomo, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

This ancient centre lies on a high rock overlooking the Adriatic to the East and the Majella to the west, and was the homeplace of the ancestors of philosopher Benedetto Croce.

Info

  • Altitude: 1165 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 62 km
  • Population: ca. 770 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • Frazioni: Casale, Fonticelle, Marangola, Schiera, Selvoni, Verlinghiera
  • How to reach it: by road, S.S. 84 from Lanciano or Roccaraso.

History

Inhabited since prehistory, it was later an Italic centre of the Frentani with the name of Juvanum, and in Roman times a municipium. In the Middle Ages it was under the Caldoras, and finally the d'Aquinos. World War two seriously damaged the centre, and was responsible for the destruction of the ancient Croce palace.
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What to see

  • The Megalithic walls around the settlement.
  • The Roman remains at Juvanum.
  • The Monastery of Santa Maria di Palazzo, built with a great number of Roman stones.
  • The remains of the Croce home
  • The Majella National Park.

Events and Festivities

  • First week in August: Feast of Saints Antonio and Fedele, with Lamb, Sausages and Prosciutto Festivals.

Where to stay

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