Pratola Peligna

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Pratola Peligna
Comune di Pratola Peligna
Pratola Peligna is located in Italy
Pratola Peligna
Pratola Peligna
Location of Pratola Peligna in Italy
Coordinates: 42°5′57″N 13°52′29″E / 42.09917°N 13.87472°E / 42.09917; 13.87472Coordinates: 42°5′57″N 13°52′29″E / 42.09917°N 13.87472°E / 42.09917; 13.87472
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Bagnaturo, Ponte la Torre, Corfinio, Prezza, Raiano, Roccacasale, Sulmona, Salle
 • Mayor Antonio De Crescentiis
 • Total 28.27 km2 (10.92 sq mi)
Elevation 342 m (1,122 ft)
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 7,888
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Demonym Pratolani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67035
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint Madonna della Libera
Saint day First Sunday in May

Pratola Peligna is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. As of 2009, it has a population of 7,888 inhabitants.


Pratola Peligna is located in the Province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo. It is considered part of the Southern Zone of Italy. It is bordered by Caramanico Terme, Corfinio, Prezza, Raiano, Roccacasale, Salle, and Sulmona. The town has five localities (in Italian frazioni): Badia-Bagnatura, Capo la Costa, Costa d'Orsa, Ponte la Torre, and Villa.[2]


The town did not officially take the name of Pratola Peligna until after the unification of Italy in 1863.[3]


Following World War II, the Italian Republic awarded Pratola Peligna with the Bronze Medal of Civil Merit (Medaglia di bronzo al Merito Civile).

"Strategically important centre, during the last world war, was subjected to constant and violent bombings that caused numerous civilian casualties and the destruction of the industry. The population, forced to take refuge in the surrounding countryside, contributed to the war of liberation with the Constitution of the first partisans, suffering a fierce retaliation by the German Army."

-Pratola Peligna (AQ) 1943-1944[4]


There are 159 industrial firms and 192 service firms located in Pratola Peligna. The remaining laborers work at the other 201 firms and the 49 administrative offices in the town. In all, 2,137 citizens work in Pratola Peligna, or 27% of the population.[5]