Cugnoli, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
The small centre rises on a hill dominating the valley of the Cigno river.
Altitude: 331 m a.s.l -- Distance from Pescara: 42 km -- Population: ca. 1800 inhabitants -- Zip code: 65020 -- Phone Area Code: 085 -- How to reach it: motorway: A25 exit Alanno-Scafa -- Frazioni: Andragona, Arcitelli, Cesura, Colle delle Bocache (Biancospino), Colle della Torre, Colle San Luca, Colle Santa Lucia, Piano Cautolo, Piano Finocchio, Rotaggiannelli, San Pietro, Santa Maria del Ponte, Vaccardo, Vadallone, Vallarno
The village existence is first recorded in the 11th century, and the medieval walls surrounding the original settlement can still be seen. In the 15th century Cugnoli was presented by the King of Naples to the city of Chieti. Then it belonged to various families, among which Leognami-Fieramosca was the last.
Points of Interest
- Church of St. Stefano, with one of the most remarkable ambon in Abruzzi, probably by Master Nicodemus, who also made the one in Moscufo; the original structure dates back to the 13th century, with additions in the 15th and 17th century. The bell tower was made in 1634, the work of Maestro Giovanni.
- the Church of San Pietro, belonging to a Cictercian monastery
- the Church of Madonna del Carmine, in the Baroque style
- Palazzo Pacitti
Events & Festivities
- 1 May: Feast of the Virgin Mary at Vallarno
- 15-16 July: Feast of the Madonna del Carmine
- End of August: Festival of "arrosticini", long wooden sticks were small pieces of various meats and vegetables are inserted and then barbecued
- Late September: Feast of Patron St. Stefano