Fontecchio

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Fontecchio
Comune
Comune di Fontecchio
Fontecchio.jpg
Fontecchio is located in Italy
Fontecchio
Fontecchio
Location of Fontecchio in Italy
Coordinates: 42°13′50″N 13°36′24″E / 42.23056°N 13.60667°E / 42.23056; 13.60667Coordinates: 42°13′50″N 13°36′24″E / 42.23056°N 13.60667°E / 42.23056; 13.60667
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni San Pio di Fontecchio
Area
 • Total 16.88 km2 (6.52 sq mi)
Elevation 668 m (2,192 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
 • Total 410
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Demonym Fontecchiani or Fonticulani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67020
Dialing code 0862
Patron saint Saint Blaise
Saint day 3 February

Fontecchio is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

History[edit]

There is archaeological evidence of the Roman settlement of Fonticulanum[citation needed] down on the Aterno river. In the Middle Ages a castle was built on top of the hill and the population moved up there. The condottiero Braccio da Montone ("Fortebraccio") (1368–1424) tried and failed to capture the castle in the 14th century.

Today you can see a wonderful and well conserved historical centre. Many fragments of ancient monuments are displayed in the L'Aquila museum.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.