Taranta Peligna, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Located in the Aventino Valley, at the foot of the Maiella, in the past it was famous for its industry of woolen cloth called "taranta", a still thriving activity.
Altitude: 460 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 57 km -- Population: ca. 400 inhabitants in 2010 -- Zip code: 66018 -- Phone Area Code: 0872 -- Frazioni: Ortole -- How to reach it: - road: SS 84 from Lanciano or Roccaraso
Taranta originated in the Middle Ages, and was mentioned for the first time in the 12th century. In the 17th century it was under the Caldora, followed by the Malvezzi and the d'Aquino. The place suffered heavy damage during the Second World War.
Points of Interest
- The door of the destroyed Church of St. Biagio
- Parish Church of St. Nicola, preserving a 15th-century painting of a crucifix and 18th-century Neapolitan paintings.
- Shrine of Madonna della Valle
- Maiella National Park
Events & Festivities
- 3 February: Feast of St. Blaise, with the preparation of the traditional "panicelle", loaves of bread representing the fingers of the saint, which are eaten to obtain protecttion against throat diseases.
- May 16: Feast of St. Ubaldo
- 1-3 July: Feast of Madonna della Valle (=Our Lady of the Valley), with a procession by night to the Sanctuary
- August 16: Feast of St. Rocco