Bolognano, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

Located on a hill in the Orta Valley, the village has preserved its medieval character. Nearby is the Natural Reserve of Orta Valley, with the interesting Grotta dei Piccioni (=Grotto of Pigeons), where remains of a sanctuary of probable prehistoric origin were found.


  • Altitude: 276 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Pescara: 41 km
  • Population: ca. 1300 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 65020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 085
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A25 exit Torre de' Passeri.


At S. Liberata and S. Anzimo Roman remains were found. In the Middle Ages the settlement was long in the possession of the abbey of San Clemente a Casauria, and later belonged to the Caracciolo and Branconi, to Filippo Nodari and finally to the Durini family, the last feudal lords. On 1806 Joseph Bonaparte suppressed the feudal system in the Kingdom of Naples.

What to see

  • The church of Maria Entroterra, with a beautiful Madonna and Child and a sixteenth-century fresco by Paolo Cardone from Aquila.
  • The Grotta dei Piccioni (Grotto of Pigeons).
  • The Majella National Park.

Events and Festivities

  • August: Feast of the Sacred Heart
  • September: festival of traditional local sweets
  • 11 November: Feast of St. Martin, with tasting of new wine.

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