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Collelongo, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Located on the slopes of Mount Mal Passo, Collelongo was severely damaged by the 1915 earthquake.

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Info

  • Altitude: 914 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: km 80
  • Population: ca. 1600 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0863

History

Prehistoric settlements have been found in the area, but the first record of the name of Collelongo was in the 9th century AD. In 1150 it was a feud of Count Ruggero di Albe, later it belonged to the Piccolomini and Pignatelli.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
  • The church of Santa Maria Nuova, which contains a fine organ of 1745 and some modern paintings.
  • The "torre ducale".
  • The Palazzo Botticelli, which hosts an Antiquarium and a "Museo della Cultura Materiale".
  • The ruins of ancient polygonal walls, in the nearby hamlet of San Castro.

Events and Festivities

  • 16 - 17 January: Feast of Sant'Antonio Abate, with traditional rites
  • First Sunday of August: Lamb Festival
  • 15, 16, 17 August: Patron feasts of the Assumption and St. Rocco
  • Christmas: Living Crib at the Maiure Meadows.

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