Cortino

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Cortino
Comune
Comune di Cortino
Cortino chiesa neve.JPG
Coat of arms of Cortino
Coat of arms
Cortino is located in Italy
Cortino
Cortino
Location of Cortino in Italy
Coordinates: 42°38′N 13°33′E / 42.633°N 13.550°E / 42.633; 13.550
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province Teramo (TE)
Government
 • Mayor Gabriele Minosse
Area
 • Total 62 km2 (24 sq mi)
Elevation 892 m (2,927 ft)
Population (1 January 2009)
 • Total 731
 • Density 12/km2 (31/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 64040
Dialing code 0861

Cortino (Abruzzese: Curtènë) is a small town and comune in the central Italian region of Abruzzo in the Province of Teramo. It is located in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park.

The major part of the population lives in small hamlets dotting the comune. In recent years the population of Cortino has been decreasing as people have moved to larger and more developed Teramo.

The Cortino communal archives were almost completely destroyed in 1943. Prior to 1816, when it was still part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Cortino was one of 29 mountain villages which formed the "Stato di Roseto", in what was then known as Abruzzo Ulteriore I, known today as the Province of Teramo. Administrative changes took place in 1868, after the unification of Italy, when the communal status of Valle San Giovanni was abolished. Collegilesco, Casanova, and Faieto were at that time annexed into the Comune of Cortino.