Montebello di Bertona, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
High on a hilltop south of the Tavo river, this small centre is inside an area full of prehistoric and Italic remains.
Altitude: 615 m a.s.l -- Distance from Pescara: 42 km -- Population: ca. 1000 inhabitants -- Zip code: -- Phone Area Code: 085 -- How to reach it: road: S.N. 81 from Teramo or Chieti, from Penne (S.N. 151 from Pescara) -- Frazioni: Campo Bertona, Campo delle Piane, Campo Mirabello, Campo Santa Maria, Colasante
Inhabited since prehistoric times and a lively Italic settlement (a necroplis was found nearby), the village takes its name from Mount Bertona, where the ruins of a medieval castle can still be seen. In the XV century Montebello belonged to the town of Penne, later on to the Farnese family.
Points of Interest
- the Farnese Palace, built on the remains of the medieval castle
- the Church of St. Pietro Apostolo, with wooden sculptures inside
- the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park
- the ruins of a 9th-century Castle on Monte Bertona
- the Pozzo sacro (holy well) dedicated to St. Agatha
- in the area called Campo delle Piane, important prehistoric site, which gave the name to the local Bertonian culture, a stage of the late-Upper Paleolithic, lasting from about 18000 to about 10500 BC
Events & Festivities
- Mid-August: Festival of traditional food