Poggio Picenze, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo
Poggio Picenze is a fine centre, inhabited by just a little more than 1000 people, but with at least as many people left it in the past 100 years on the emigration wave that swept through Abruzzo after 1860 and are now a remarkable community spreading all over the world.
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- Altitude: 756 m a.s.l
- Distance from L'Aquila: 14 km
- Population: ca. over 1000 inhabitants
- Postal code: 67026
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0862
- How to reach it: by road, nearest autoroute exit; S.S.17 l'Aquila - Pescara, A24 L'Aquila Est.
One of the castles of the Contado aquilano, in 1533 it was given by Emperor Charles V to Antonio Aldana; later it belonged to the Alfieri from L'Aquila and to De Sterlich from Chieti. In 1762 it was damaged by a terrible earthquake. In antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages it was well known for its caves of white stone.
What to see
- A medieval house in the old centre.
- The church of Madonna della Consolazione
- The Parish Church, with fine original works: a stone sculpted altar of San Giovanni and a wooden Madonna with child.
- The remains of the medieval castle which contributed to the foundation of the city of L'Aquila.
Events and Festivities
- 18 - 19 June: Feast of San Felice and san Vincenzo
- August: "Sagra degli spizzichi" (mutton meat), and "pecora alla cottora"
- 9 November: Fair of farm animals.