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CASTELLALTO, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy

Province of Teramo, Abruzzo region The commune of Castellalto comprises the territory between the Tordino and Vomano rivers and includes a number of centres, among which Castellalto, Castelnuovo Voman and Castelbasso, which is the oldest and most interesting.
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Castelbasso Altitude: 481 m a.s.l -- Distance from Teramo: 15 km -- Population: ca. 6000 inhabitants -- Zip code: -- Phone Area Code: -- How to reach it:
- bus, trains: from Teramo

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The discovery of neolithic arrows between Castellalto and Canzano shows the the area was already inhabited in prehistoric times. Then in Roman times the territory belonged to the municipium of Interamnia Praetuttiorum, and rustic villas have been found on a hill north of Castelbasso cemetery. In the early Middle Ages there was a Benedictine centre at nearby Laureio and in Norman times there were two castra, Castellum vetulum and Castelbasso. In 1273 a Diploma by Charles I d'Anjou mentions the castra of Castellalto and Castelbasso. In the late XV century the territory came into the power of the Acquaviva, who finally sold the two centres to the Valignani, a family from Chieti.

arrowPoints of Interest

  • San Giovanni Evangelista (Castellalto), with a 1584 portal and XVIII-century paintings
  • Madonna degli Angeli (Castellalto), with an impressive Baroque altar and XVIII century paintings
  • The XV-century walls in the nearby Castelbasso
  • Chiesa dei S.S. Pietro e Andrea Apostoli (Castelbasso) with a remarkable 1338 portal and a high relief of the Lady with Child

arrowEvents & Festivities

  • July Castellarte, a series of artistic and musical events
  • December Sagra dei Caggionetti (typical Christmas cakes filled with chestnuts and chick-peas)

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