Capistrello, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Situated in a domineering position overlooking the Liri Valley, in the past it linked the Fucino Plain with Sora and Naples.


  • Altitude: 764 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: 65 km
  • Population: ca. 5600 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67053
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0863.


The name appears for the first time in the 12th century as Caput Pristinorum. It was a Feud of Oddo de Toucy and Giacomo Orsini, then in the 16th century it belonged to the Colonna family. Under Joachim Murat in the early 1800's it became an autonomous municipality. The 1915 earthquake caused great damage.

What to see

  • The "Cunicoli di Claudio", tunnels excavated under Roman Emperor Claudius, when the draining of Lake Fucino was first attempted.
  • The remains of the castle at Ricetto.
  • The little church of S. Barbara.

Events and Festivities

  • 11-12 June: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua
  • 19 - 23 July: Arzibanda, an ethnic-folk festival
  • First Sunday in August: Feast of Strawberry and Mountain Festival
  • 14 August: Festival of the "marrocca" (=corn cob) at Corcumello
  • During the summer a major exhibition of handicraft is also held.

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