Valle Castellana

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Valle Castellana
Comune
Comune di Valle Castellana
Coat of arms of Valle Castellana
Coat of arms
Valle Castellana is located in Italy
Valle Castellana
Valle Castellana
Location of Valle Castellana in Italy
Coordinates: 42°44′N 13°30′E / 42.733°N 13.500°E / 42.733; 13.500Coordinates: 42°44′N 13°30′E / 42.733°N 13.500°E / 42.733; 13.500
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province Teramo (TE)
Frazioni Basto, Casanova, Ceraso, Cerquito, Cerro, Cesano, Colle, Collegrato, Coronelle, Corvino, Fischioli, Fornisco, Laturo, Leofara, Macchia da Borea, Macchia da Sole, Mattere, Morrice, Olmeto, Pascellata, Piano Maggiore, Pietralta, Prevenisco, Rio di Lame, San Giacomo, Santa Rufina, Santo Stefano, San Vito, Settecerri, Stivigliano, Valle Fara, Vallenquina, Valle Pezzata, Valloni, Valzo, Vignatico, Villa Franca
Government
 • Mayor Vincenzo Esposito
Area
 • Total 134 km2 (52 sq mi)
Elevation 625 m (2,051 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
 • Total 1,158
 • Density 8.6/km2 (22/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 64010
Dialing code 0861
Patron saint Maria Santissima Annunziata
Saint day 25 March
Website Official website

Valle Castellana is a village and comune in the Province of Teramo, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It is a member of the Italian community of surrounding mountain villages, Monti della Laga. It is located in the natural park known as the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park.

Geography[edit]

The comune takes its name from the Castellana River, which travels north towards Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region. From here it joins the Tronto River before eventually leading out to the Adriatic Sea.

The comune is bordered by Accumoli, Acquasanta Terme, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno, Campli, Civitella del Tronto, Rocca Santa Maria, Torricella Sicura.

History[edit]

Some literary scholars have put forth the hypothesis that the Castellano River is the same "fiume Verde" (Verde River) where Manfred of Sicily is claimed to have been buried in the Divine Comedy of Dante. The Castellana River basin, along with the Montagna dei Fiori formed the northern most portion of the Kingdom of Naples.

Notes and references[edit]

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