Lettomanoppello, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Situated on a hillside on the right bank of the Lavino, this lively centre is the starting point for a number of beautiful excursions into the Majella mountain group.
Altitude: 370 m a.s.l -- Distance from Pescara: 36 km -- Population: ca. 3000 inhabitants -- Zip code: 65020 -- Phone Area Code: 085 -- How to reach it: motorway: A25 exit Alanno-Scafa -- Frazioni: Canale Calvario, Lavino Chiuse
The site was already renowned in Roman times for its absphalt mines, and later on for the local white stone which offered the material for the renownrd stonecutting crafts of the area. Recorded as "Terra Lecti prope Manopellum", which means "land of the Letto Barons near Manoppello" in the 11th century in 1385 was still under the De Lecto family. In 1405 was under the Orsini and in the latter part of the 17th century under the Valignani.
Points of Interest
- the Iconicella Sanctuary, in a wonderfully panoramic position, just outside the centre
- the Grotta di Sant'Angelo, an old hermitage, now a favourite religious destination, with a fine stone statue of St. Michael the Archangel
- the Grotta delle Praie, with beautiful stalactites
- the baroque church of San Nicola di Bari, unfortunately seriously damaged in the 1984 earthquake
- the Sorgenti (springs) of sulphurous mineral waters coming from the Lavino and Ripa rivers
- the Majella National Park - see official website
Events & Festivities
- Early October: Feast of all Saints, lasting four days, with a procession in honour of San Rocco (a much loved figure in the Abruzzese countryside) on the final day
- 6 December: Feast of San Nicola