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.
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- 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.
Genealogy and Links
- People researching in Montebello di Bertona
- Newspaper articles on Montebello di Bertona
- The official website of the Comune of Montebello.