Villa Sant'Angelo

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Villa Sant'Angelo
Comune
Comune di Villa Sant'Angelo
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Villa Sant'Angelo is located in Italy
Villa Sant'Angelo
Villa Sant'Angelo
Location of Villa Sant'Angelo in Italy
Coordinates: 42°16′N 13°32′E / 42.267°N 13.533°E / 42.267; 13.533Coordinates: 42°16′N 13°32′E / 42.267°N 13.533°E / 42.267; 13.533
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Tussillo
Government
 • Mayor Pierluigi Biondi
Area
 • Total 5.26 km2 (2.03 sq mi)
Elevation 570 m (1,870 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 436
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)
Demonym Villesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67020
Dialing code 0862
Patron saint Saint Peter
Saint day May 4

Villa Sant'Angelo is a comune and town in the province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, which lies in the Aterno River valley near the convergence of the Sirente and the Gran Sasso mountain ranges. Many of the municipal functions are managed cooperatively with adjacent villages, comprising the Comunità Montana Amiternina.

The adjacent frazione of Tussillo sits just west of the village on the base of Saint Peter's Mountain

History[edit]

Until recently, it was assumed that the origins of Villa Sant'Angelo dated back to the Middle Ages, however archaeological excavations have revealed the presence of buildings dating from Roman times. Ancient walls and portions of a necropolis (including tombs, terracotta and 4th Century bronze and silver coins) have been discovered in a series of digs conducted between 1986 and 2005.

In the early 20th century, numerous residents of Villa Sant'Angelo emigrated to the United States, beginning the decline of population from the peak of 1,027 recorded in the 1921 census. The communities of East Brady, Pennsylvania, and New Castle, Pennsylvania, in the United States absorbed many of these migrants.

At 3:32AM on the morning of April 6, 2009, a devastating earthquake hit central Italy, in particular Abruzzo.[1] Approximately 90% of the buildings in Villa Sant'Angelo were destroyed and 17 people were killed.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Colombo Andreassi (1770–99), lawyer executed for supporting the creation of the Parthenopaean Republic.
  • Nicolas Tomei, author

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy quake kills at least 150, scores saved". news.yahoo.com. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07. [dead link]

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