Palena, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo
- Altitude: 750 m a.s.l
- Distance from Chieti: 61 km
- Population: ca. 1400 inhabitants in 2010
- Postal code: 66017
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
- Frazioni: Aia dei Cordoni, Palena Stazione, Quarto Santa Chiara
- How to reach it: by road, from the Adriatic: motorway: A14 (Bologna-Pescara-Foggia) exit Val Di Sangro then fast lane towards Castel di Sangro, at Piane D'Archi amd follow towards Fara San Martino.
From Naples/Rome: fast lane for Castel Di Sangro, up to Rivisondoli then exit to Campo di Giove, then road 84 towards Palena.
History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
The last medieval lords were the d'Aquino. There were two terrible earthquakes in 1456 and 1706. The Second World War caused massive destruction in the area, and now only ruins of the 11th-century castle, the belltower of the parish church and the fine chiesa del Rosario are left as memories of its glorious past. On the route of transhumance, Palena was well-known in past times for its woolwork.
What to see
- The church of Rosario.
- The Madonna dell'Altare, next to the first Abruzzese Hermitage of Pietro Angelieri, later Pope Celestine V, made a saint as San Pietro Celestino.
- The Cavallone Grotto, on the road towards Lama dei Peligni, the scenery for D'Annunzio's play "La figlia di Iorio".
- The Natural reserve
Events & Festivities
- Quarto di Santa Chiara
- The Majella National Park.
- 2 July: Pilgrimage to Madonna dell'Altare, the first Abruzzese hermitage of Celestino V
- First Sunday after 15 August: feast of San Falco, a monk of the 11th century who lived in this valley and had the power to heal people obsessed by the evil forces. In previous times the feast was also celebrated in January, and there was a barefoot race and a palio.
- Municipio, Via Roma, 5/a - Palena (Chieti) tel: +39 0872 918112
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- , an oasis of wide pastures left by ancient glacial lakes, rich in spring of migratory birds and wild flowers.
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