Picciano

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Picciano
Comune
Comune di Picciano
View from the east
View from the east
Picciano is located in Italy
Picciano
Picciano
Location of Picciano in Italy
Coordinates: 42°28′N 13°59′E / 42.467°N 13.983°E / 42.467; 13.983Coordinates: 42°28′N 13°59′E / 42.467°N 13.983°E / 42.467; 13.983
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province Pescara (PE)
Frazioni Piccianello, Pagliari, Colletti, Le Piane, Incotte, Casette, Colli, Fontanelle.
Government
 • Mayor Marino Marini
Area
 • Total 7 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 153 m (502 ft)
Population (December 31, 2006)
 • Total 1,398
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Demonym Piccianesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 65010
Dialing code 085
Patron saint San Vincenzo Ferreri
Saint day 1st Sunday after Easter

Picciano is a village and comune in Italy in the Province of Pescara, within the Abruzzo region. Its population at the end of 2006 was 1,398.

History[edit]

Picciano is first mentioned in 1049 when Bernardo Earl of Penne, with the Charta Offersionis, gave fields and buildings to build a Benedictine abbey in its hills. This is the first indication of the existence of a town called Picciano. and could be considered its terminus ante quem.

Many legends are known about the origin of the name "Picciano", the most believable talks about shepherds devoted to the Goddess Pithia; other variants of the name, found in the Charta Convenientiae, is "Piczano" so that perhaps the name of the town can be dated back to the Early Middle Age, avoiding conjectures about Roman origins.

One of the two marble Lions coming from the ancient Abbey.
S. Maria del Soccorso Church, Picciano, Façade