Valle Castellana, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo
Located at the foot of the Monti della Laga, whose wide fields become equipped ski slopes in winter.
- Altitude: 625 m a.s.l
- Distance from Teramo: 32 km
- Population: ca. 1500 inhabitants
- How to reach it: by road, from Teramo.
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In the first half of the 10th century, the area was involved in the monastic colonization, which was followed by the rise of several hamlets. The current village, whose name appears at the end of the 13th century, was built right on the site of one of these ancient hamlets. A number of discoveries (the remains of houses, tombs, farmyards etc.) in the area show traces of settlements dating back to Roman times.
What to see
- The church of Santa Maria di Stornazzano, with an 11th-century crypt and 14th-century frescoes
- The Castello Bonifaci at Vallenquina
- The Remains of Castel Manfrino (13th century) at nearby Macchia da Sole
- The ancient Fornisco, with stone houses and the church of San Giorgio (18th century)
- The church of San Nicola di Bari at Colle Pietralta
- The churches of San Vito and Santa Rufina, in the hamlets of the same name.
Events and Festivities
- 14-15-16 August: Feast of SS. Annunziata
- Late August: Bean Festival at Collegrato
- Early November: Festival of Chestnut and Potatoes.
Where to stay
Genealogy and Links
- Surnames presently recorded in Valle Castellana
- People researching in Valle Castellana
- Newspaper articles on Valle Castellana.