Roccascalegna, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo
Situated on a rocky spur overlooking the valley of the Rio Secco, the place is famous for its impressive medieval castle, and offers a breathtaking view of Lake Bomba to the west and the Sangro Valley towards the Adriatic Sea.
- Altitude: 455 m a.s.l
- Distance from Chieti: 51 km
- Population: ca. 1300 inhabitants in 2011
- Postal code: 66040
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0872
- Frazioni: Aia di Rocco, Articciaro, Capriglia, Collebuono, Colle Grande, Fontacciaro, Solagne
- How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Lanciano; by road, SS 81 from Chieti or SS 84 from Lanciano.
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Of medieval origin, the village was colonized in the 8th century by Benedictine monks who founded the abbey of San Pancrazio. The Normans built the castle to defend the valley; in the 15th century it became a fief of Raimondo de Anichino. It belonged later to the Gualtieri, the Orsini, the Carafa, the Corvi and finally to the Croce-Nanni family.
What to see
- The Fortress, listed among the most impressive castles in the world.
- The church of San Pancrazio, extant from the 13th-century abbey of the same name.
Events and Festivities
- 26 to 27 September: Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, with the traditional costume parade of "Conche and Conocchia" - the conche are the typical Abruzzese copper pots used by women in the past to take water from the fountains, while the conocchia is a wooden tool used for spinning.
- October 15: Feast of grapes harvest and local food with parade of waggons.
Where to stay
Genealogy and Links
- People researching in Roccascalegna
- Present Surnames in Roccascalegna
- Surnames in 1751
- Surnames in 1447.