Montebello di Bertona, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

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
  • Postal code: 65010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 085
  • How to reach it: by 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.

What to see

  • 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 and Festivities

  • Mid-August: Festival of traditional food.

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