Celano, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo
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- Altitude: 800 m a.s.l
- Distance from L'Aquila: 65 km
- Population: ca. 10000 inhabitants
- Postal code: 67043
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0863.
History - Antiquity
In Roman times the vicus Caelanum had an important strategic role, being right on the via Valeria and along the Fucinum Lacum, and maintained a remarkable role also after the fall of the Roman empire, as shown by the Lombard settlements of Secuntiano, Oretino e Porciano. Moreover, the lake came in later times to be known as "Celano Lake".
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
Today Celano is a lively agricultural and industrial center, with modern sports facilities and a growing cultural tourism aimed at the rich artistic and historical past and the natural beauty of the surrounding territory.
What to see
- The Castello Piccolomini: the construction was started in 1392 by the Count of Celano and finished one century later by Antonio Piccolomini, whose name was given to the castle.
- The church of San Giovanni Battista.
- The church of Sant'Angelo.
- The church of San Francesco.
- The church of Santa Maria Valleverde, founded in the XII century, which contains precious works of art.
- In the direction of Ovindoli, there is one of the most spectactular landscapes in Abruzzo, the Gole di Celano: a 5km-long canyon created by carsic erosion due to the Foce river, definitely worth seeing for trekking enthusiasts. The majestic rock walls are at certain points only 3 m away. It also seems a group of Marsican bears live in the vicinity.
Events and Festivities
- 16-17 January: Feast of St. Antonio, with bonfires in the squaare
- First week in August: Truffle festival
- 24 - 25 - 26 August Feast of SS. Martiri.