Castel di Sangro, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Situated on a rocky slope at the confluence of the Sangro river with the Zittola, it is remembered for being the birthplace of painter Teofilo Patini, as well as for its local football team, which has risen to the sports headlines for reaching even the national second division.


  • Altitude: 793 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: km
  • Population: ca. 5500 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67031
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0864.


In antiquity Castel di Sangro was an important strategic centre controlling the so-called "Via degli Abruzzi", which contributed greatly to the development of the place. The town was largely destroyed in the Second World War. Recently have been found remains of prehistoric origin.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria Assunta, built at the turn of 1700, which houses several late-mannerism wooden furniture and baroque paintings of Neapolitan artists, among others Francesco De Mura and Domenico Vaccaro, and a beautiful marble altar dated 1738.
  • In the town hall important archaeological finds are preserved.

Events and Festivities

  • 2 June: Feast of Madonna degli Eremiti (Our Lady of the Hermits) in the Scodanibbio forest
  • 27 August: Feast of St. Rufo
  • 26 to 27 September: Feast of St. Emidio and saints Cosmas and Damian
  • 26 October - 2 November: All Saints Fair (held since 1302).

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