Caramanico Terme

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Caramanico Terme
Comune di Caramanico Terme
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Coat of arms of Caramanico Terme
Coat of arms
Caramanico Terme is located in Italy
Caramanico Terme
Caramanico Terme
Location of Caramanico Terme in Italy
Coordinates: 42°09′N 14°0′E / 42.150°N 14.000°E / 42.150; 14.000
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city Pescara (PE)
Frazioni De Contra, San Nicolao, San Tommaso, San Vittorino, Santa Croce, Sant'Elia, Scagnano
 • Mayor Mario Mazzocca
 • Total 84.55 km2 (32.64 sq mi)
Elevation 650 m (2,130 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,030
 • Density 24/km2 (62/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Caramanichesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 65023
Dialing code 085
Website Official website

Caramanico Terme is a comune and town in the province of Pescara in the Abruzzo region of Italy, situated near the confluence of the Orfento and Orta rivers, on a hilltop between the Monte Morrone and the Majella mountains.[1]


The town takes its name from either cara, meaning rock, or from arimannia, a Lombard establishment in the late Middle Ages. Then the name Terme was added in 1960 because of the presence of a spa nearby.

The present settlement is recorded since Lombard times. Then it underwent a remarkable development in the 14th-15th centuries, under the D'Aquino family, and in that period many important monuments were built.

In 1706 an earthquake nearby destroyed the town.

The surname "Caramanica" may have originated from this area.[1]

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of S. Maria Maggiore (15th century), with a Gothic exterior and an ogival portal with a depiction of the Coronation of the Virgin (1476). The exterior has also depictions of apostles, pilgrims and singers with 15th century musical instruments. The Assumption Chapel (17th century) has a Baroque interior.
  • Romanesque church of St. Tommaso, founded in the 13th century in honor of Thomas of Canterbury. It was built above a 9th-century pieve. It has a nave and two aisles, with different levels. The façade has a rose window and single mullioned windows, three portals and four semi-colons from a never built portico. The side portals have with floreal decorations, while the central one has a high-relief of the Twelve Apostles and Christ Enthroned (1118). The interior, with a nave and aisles divided by composite columns (right) and square columns (left). The interior houses also a Corinthian column (known as Colonna santa) which has alleged miraculous properties.
  • Archaeological Museum "P. Barrasso"
  • Museum of Abruzzo and Italy Fauna
  • Hermitage of San Giovanni all'Orfento


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