Castel di Sangro

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Castel di Sangro
Comune di Castel di Sangro
Valley of Castel di Sangro
Valley of Castel di Sangro
Castel di Sangro is located in Italy
Castel di Sangro
Castel di Sangro
Location of Castel di Sangro in Italy
Coordinates: 41°47′00″N 14°6′00″E / 41.78333°N 14.10000°E / 41.78333; 14.10000Coordinates: 41°47′00″N 14°6′00″E / 41.78333°N 14.10000°E / 41.78333; 14.10000
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Roccacinquemiglia, Località Pontone, Località Sant'Angelo
 • Mayor Umberto Murolo (PDL)[1]
 • Total 83.98 km2 (32.42 sq mi)
Elevation 805 m (2,641 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 6,461
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castellani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67031
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint San Rufo
Saint day 27 August
Website Official website

Castel di Sangro is a city and comune of 6,461 people (as of 2013) in the Province of L'Aquila, in Abruzzo, Central Italy. It is the main city of the Alto Sangro e Altopiano delle Cinque Miglia area.


Castel di Sangro is located near the Sangro River, in a valley in the Apennine Mountains.

Neighbouring towns include Roccaraso, Pescocostanzo, Rivisondoli, and Montenero Val Cocchiara.


Castel di Sangro was known to the Romans as Aufidena[2] (a city of the Samnites). It is the ancestral home of the third and last line of the House of Caesar (Catulus Caesar).

Main sights[edit]


The town gained some popularity in the mid-1990s thanks to the exploits of local football club Castel di Sangro Calcio In 1996, Castel di Sangro was visited by American author Joe McGinniss who wrote The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, a book about the team that made it up through 5 leagues to get to Serie B, the second-highest league in Italian football. The club now plays at Abruzzo's Promozione level, five levels below Serie B.


Castel di Sangro is divided into six districts:

  • Civita
  • Stazione
  • Colle
  • Codacchiola
  • Ara
  • Piazza


Castel di Sangro has for years been a transit point for many people, because of its location making it the gateway into Abruzzo.


The Church of Santa Maria Assunta

The main roads are:

  • The Sangro Valley road, a highway connecting Castel di Sangro with the Val di Sangro, and then with the Adriatic Sea. The same road continues for a long stretch southward and is used by thousands of tourists who come from areas of Campania and other regions of southern Italy.
  • The SS 17, a fast road connecting L'Aquila to Foggia. This road is very busy, with both local and through traffic. Its true capacity is often exceeded and it has seen a large number of accidents, some fatal. It is, however, generally well-managed, remaining open throughout the winter, despite the high altitude of the route.
  • The Isernia - Castel di Sangro highway. Completed in 2011, this road halved the driving time from the Alto Molise to the Alto Sangro.[3]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Lewis, Charlton T. "Aufĭdēna". A Latin Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Passera, Corrado. "Apre l'ultimo tratto di superstrada Molise raggiungibile in 15 minuti". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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