Castelli, Abruzzo

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Castelli
Comune di Castelli
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Coat of arms of Castelli
Coat of arms
Location of Castelli
Castelli is located in Italy
Castelli
Castelli
Location of Castelli in Italy
Castelli is located in Abruzzo
Castelli
Castelli
Castelli (Abruzzo)
Coordinates: 42°29′17″N 13°42′42″E / 42.48806°N 13.71167°E / 42.48806; 13.71167
CountryItaly
RegionAbruzzo
ProvinceTeramo (TE)
FrazioniBefaro, Carraro, Casette Faiano, Colledoro, Morriconi, Palombara, San Rocco, Villa Rossi
Government
 • MayorEnzo De Rosa
Area
 • Total49 km2 (19 sq mi)
Elevation
497 m (1,631 ft)
Population
(1 January 2010)[1]
 • Total1,257
 • Density26/km2 (66/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Castellani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
64041
Dialing code0861

Castelli (Abruzzese: Li Castìllë) is a comune in the province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy, included in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park.

The medieval hill town lies beneath Mount Camicia on the eastern side of the Gran Sasso Massif. Castelli is best known for its maiolicas, a form of decorative ceramic, which were collected by the nobility of Europe for centuries and which were at their pinnacle from the 16th through 18th century and are still produced today by local artists. Castelli maiolica was a favorite dinnerware of Russian Tsars. One of the most valued collections of Castelli ceramics is now housed at the Winter Palace of the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Castelli's main church is San Donato, which holds a maiolica altar-piece by Francesco Grue (1647) and a medieval silver cross of the Sulmona school. Its tiled ceiling is believed to have been decorated by the ceramics master Oracio Pompei or artists working from his studio.

Today, Castelli hosts an art institute and ceramics museum as well as many ceramics shops and studios.

References[edit]

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

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