Rocca San Giovanni, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

A stone's throw from the Adriatic Sea, this beautiful village is situated on a rocky ridge, in a highly panoramic position.

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  • Altitude: 155 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 49 km
  • Population: ca. 2300 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
  • Frazioni: Acquarelli, Foce, Lappeto, Montegranaro, Perazza, Piane di Marche, Piane Favaro, Pocafeccia, Pontone del Signore, Puncichitti, San Giacomo, Santa Calcagna, Tagliaferri, Vallevò, Vetiche
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Lanciano; by road, S.S. 16 Adriatica.


The first settlements go back to the early medieval period; the place was donated by the Earl of Chieti Trasmondo II to the abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, which made it into a fortified borough.

What to see

  • The parish church of San Matteo (13th century), which had many alterations at different periods.
  • The Torrione dei Filippini (Tower of the Philippines), and around the town long stretches of the ancient walls, built by the Normans in 1061.

Events and Festivities

  • Early August: Festivals of Nature, of the Emigrant, and the Accordion.

Where to stay

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