Capestrano, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo
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- Altitude: 460 m a.s.l
- Distance from L'Aquila: 40 km
- Population: ca. 1200 inhabitants
- Postal code: 67022
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0862
- Frazioni: Capodacqua, Santa Pelagia, Forca di Penne
- How to reach it: by bus, ARPA L'Aquila/Pescara, only few times during the day; by road, A24, exit L'Aquila, or A25, exit Bussi, then SS 17 L'Aquila-Pescara.
In the Middle Ages there were settlements at Capodacqua, S.Pelagia and Presciano ruled by the monastery of San Pietro ad Oratorium, founded by Lombard king Desiderius in 756 A.D. and preserving relics of St. Peter. In the XI and XII century Capestrano (probably derived from the Latin Caput Trium Amnium, meaning origin of three rivers) rose around a sighting tower as a fortified borough. Feudal lords of the place were ì Bartolomeo di Raiano, Riccardo D'Acquaviva and finally Pietro, Count of Celano.
The Capestrano Warrior
What to see
- The Parish church in the market square, with a baroque interior, a fine marble acquasantiera and wooden pulpit.
- The majestic Piccolomini Castle, with two cylindrical tower and an inner courtyard with an ancient well, which dominates from the top of a flight of stairs the Market square.
- The Monastery of St. Francis on a hill covered by olive trees facing the fortified village, erected by St John of Capestrano, which is now the seat of a museum and a precious library, with a beautiful frescoed cloister, and warm-hearted Franciscan Fathers still guarding the precious relics of the Saint.
- The House where John of Capestrano was born, hidden in the heart of the ancient abandoned district.
- The church of San Pietro ad Oratorium, 9th century.
Events and Festivities
- 13-14-15 May: Feast of St. John of Capestrano
- Early August: Trout festival.
Where to stay
Genealogy and Links
- Surnames recorded in 1753
- Surnames presently recorded in Capestrano
- People researching in Capestrano
- Newspaper articles on Capestrano.