Fontecchio

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fontecchio
Comune
Comune di Fontecchio
Fontecchio.jpg
Fontecchio is located in Abruzzo
Fontecchio
Fontecchio
Location of Fontecchio in Abruzzo
Coordinates: 42°13′50″N 13°36′24″E / 42.23056°N 13.60667°E / 42.23056; 13.60667Coordinates: 42°13′50″N 13°36′24″E / 42.23056°N 13.60667°E / 42.23056; 13.60667
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni San Pio di Fontecchio
Government
 • Mayor Sabrina Ciancone (since March 30, 2010)[1] (Dalla parte di Fontecchio - On the Side of Fontecchio)
Area[2]
 • Total 16.89 km2 (6.52 sq mi)
Elevation 668 m (2,192 ft)
Population (December 31 2014)[3]
 • Total 401
 • Density 24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Fontecchiani or Fonticulani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67020
Dialing code 0862
Patron saint Saint Blaise
Saint day February 3
Website http://www.fontecchio.gov.it/

Fontecchio is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The small, medieval village is located within the Monte Sirente community and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park.

History[edit]

There is archaeological evidence of the Roman settlement of Fonticulanum[citation needed] down on the Aterno river. In the Middle Ages a castle was built on top of the hill and the population moved up there. The condottiero Braccio da Montone ("Fortebraccio") (1368–1424) tried and failed to capture the castle in the 14th century.

Today you can see a wonderful and well conserved historical centre. Many fragments of ancient monuments are displayed in the L'Aquila museum.

Transport[edit]

Fontecchio has a stop on the Terni–Sulmona railway, with trains to L'Aquila and Sulmona.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal of May 31, 2015". History Archives of Elections. Ministero dell'Interno. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Informazioni". Comune di Fontecchio. Comune di Fontecchio. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Demographic Balance and Resident Population". demo istat.it. Itailian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2016.