Castelvecchio Subequo

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Castelvecchio Subequo
Comune
Comune di Castelvecchio Subequo
Castelvecchio Subequo 01.jpg
Castelvecchio Subequo is located in Italy
Castelvecchio Subequo
Castelvecchio Subequo
Location of Castelvecchio Subequo in Italy
Coordinates: 42°7′52″N 13°43′43″E / 42.13111°N 13.72861°E / 42.13111; 13.72861Coordinates: 42°7′52″N 13°43′43″E / 42.13111°N 13.72861°E / 42.13111; 13.72861
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province L'Aquila (AQ)
Area
 • Total 19.23 km2 (7.42 sq mi)
Elevation 490 m (1,610 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
 • Total 1,141
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym Castelvecchiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67024
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June

Castelvecchio Subequo (also Subrequo and Subrego; Latin: Superaequum or Superequum) is a comune and town in the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region, central Italy, at the feet on Mount Sirente.

History[edit]

Ancient Superaequum was a town of the Paeligni, one of the three which possessed municipal rights, and among which the territory of that people was divided. Hence it is mentioned both by Pliny and in the Liber Coloniarum, where it is termed Colonia Superaequana. It received a colony of veterans, probably under Augustus, to which a fresh body of colonists was added in the reign of Marcus Aurelius.[2] The name is not mentioned by any other author, but several inscriptions attest its municipal importance.

After the conquest of southern Italy by the Lombards, it was known as Onuffolo or Nuffoli, returning the its former name under the Normans. It accrued its other name (originally Castelvetere, meaning "old fort") later in the Middle Ages.

It is on a hill on the right bank of the Aterno river, and about 7 kilometres (4 mi) on the left of the Via Valeria. Its territory probably comprised the hilly district between that road and the Aternus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Plin. iii. 12. s. 17; Lib. Colon. p. 229; August Wilhelm Zumpt, De Coloniis p. 361.