According to one tradition, he populated the area with refugees from Slavonia (Sclavonia) - actually the belltower of the central church, Madonna della Neve, still bears clear traces of a Slavic architecture. Other sources report that the settlers were not from Slavonia, but Albania.
Villalfonsina, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Situated on a small hill along the right bank of the Osento River, it is surrounded by cultivated lands, orchards, vineyards and olive trees. The inhabitants are called "villesi".
Altitude: 203 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 66 km -- Population: ca. 1000 inhabitants om 2010 -- Zip code: 66020 -- Phone Area Code: 0873 -- How to reach it: motorway A14 uscita Vasto Nord - by road: SS 16 Adriatica
In the vicinity there are traces of Roman settlements and monasteries in the hinterland suggest that there have long been human settlements in the area. The present name derives from feudal Lord Alfonso d'Avalos, who founded the place and made it a lively agricultural center.
Points of Interest
- The public fountain
- Villa Adami, XIX century
- Bosco di Don Venanzio, a few km away, one of the most beautiful forests in the region
Events & Festivities
- April: Feast of Saint Irene
Genealogy, News & Links
- Surnames presently recorded in Villalfonsina
- People researching in Villalfonsina
- Newspaper articles on Villalfonsina
- Villese cooperative society (Tel: 0873 902069), one of the most important producers of wine and oil of the province. This society comprises over 550 olive growers and 420 wine producers: every year there is a yield of 100,000 hectoliters of wine, among which IGT and DOC qualities. The extravirgin olive oil produced here has a very low acidity and a unique fruity flavour.