Paglieta, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Located between the Val di Sangro and the Adriatic Sea, Paglieta is a beautiful hill town surrounded by olive groves.

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  • Altitude: 235 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 57 km
  • Population: ca. 4500 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • Frazioni: Collemici, Molina, Piana del Mulino,Pedicagne di Colle Martino, Colle Martino, Piano la Barca, Prato, Ranco, Sant'Egidio, Torre
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Val di Sangro.


Inhabited in pre-Roman times, the first official mention of the place is at the end of the 12th century AD as Palletum and Castrum Palletae (palea being in Latin a bale of cereals). A fief of Lanciano, in 1533 it was donated by Charles V to Rodorico Arripalda, then passed in 1577 to Laura Mormile Pignatelli, to whose family belonged until the abolition of feudalism (1806).

What to see

  • The Civic tower, built on an ancient gateway to the village.

Events and Festivities

  • Holy Thursday: Canto della Passione (Song of the Passion)
  • First Sunday after Easter: Feast of St. Vincenzo
  • 30 to 31 May: Feast of Saints Canzio, Canziano and Canzianella
  • 12-13-14 July: Feast of St. Giusto
  • 16 August: Sagra del dolce (Festival of cakes).

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