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Castel del Monte, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy

Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo region Situated in the heart of the Gran Sasso mountain group, in a highly panoramic position, the small town still preserve its look of ancient fortified borough of the Middle Ages, when it was an important station along the seasonal migrations of shepherds. The wealth engendered through the sheep trade allowed local gentry to build fine palaces and embellish churches.
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Altitude: 1346 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: 48 km -- Population: ca. 700 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67023 -- Phone Area Code: 0862 -- How to reach it:
- road: SS 17 from L'Aquila towards Pescara, then at Barisciano road towards the Gran Sasso
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arrowHistory

The borough rose in the Middle Ages on the site of a previous pre-roman establishment; the name appears for the first tiime in the 13th century, and later it belonged to a number of different aristocratic families as the Acquaviva, Piccolomini and the Medici of Florence.

arrowPoints of Interest

  • Church of San Rocco
  • Church of San Marco
  • Church of Madonna del Suffragio
  • The castle tower, later transformed into a belltower, which tipically outlines the town's skyline.

arrowEvents & Festivities

  • 5 August Rassegna ovina on the Campo Imperatore plateau
  • 8 September Processione notturna della Madonna dei Pastori
  • 6 - 7 August Feast of San Donato (patron saint of the place)

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