San Demetrio ne' Vestini, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Formed of seven different "ville" (hamlets), San Demetrio has interesting churches (the baroque parish church and the XIX century Santa Maria dei Raccomandati. At nearby Stiffe the astounding beauty of the Stiffe caves attracts thousands of visitors every year. The lively little town is also renowned for its great tradition of bakery, since for dozens of km around the "pane di san Demetrio" is appreciated.


  • Altitude: 500 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: 20 km
  • Population: ca. 1500 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67028
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0862
  • How to reach it: by road, SS17 from L'Aquila or Pescara.


In documents of the 10th century there is mention of villae Sancti Demetrij, the most ancient being San Giovanni. San Demetrio was one of the communities that founded the city of L'Aquila in mid 13th century, and when L'Aquila rose against the Spaniards in the 16th century and was defeated, San Demetrio was given to Ferrante from Aquilera, and later, in the 18th century, was ruled by the Arcamone family.

What to see

  • Stiffe grottos.
  • Lake Sinizzo.
  • The church of Santa Maria dei Raccomandati, 19th century, with paintings by Teofilo Patini.
  • The parish church.

Events and Festivities

  • Easter: Feast of Madonna Rossa
  • Mid August: Bread festival
  • 21 November: Fair of "bucalette".

Where to stay

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