Goriano Sicoli

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Goriano Sicoli
Comune di Goriano Sicoli
Goriano Sicoli 2010-by-RaBoe-10.jpg
Goriano Sicoli is located in Italy
Goriano Sicoli
Goriano Sicoli
Location of Goriano Sicoli in Italy
Coordinates: 42°4′54″N 13°46′33″E / 42.08167°N 13.77583°E / 42.08167; 13.77583Coordinates: 42°4′54″N 13°46′33″E / 42.08167°N 13.77583°E / 42.08167; 13.77583
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
 • Mayor Rodolfo Marganelli
 • Total 21.75 km2 (8.40 sq mi)
Elevation 720 m (2,360 ft)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 571
 • Density 26/km2 (68/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gorianesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67030
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint Santa Gemma Vergine
Saint day 11, 12 and 13 May

Goriano Sicoli is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Goriano is a medieval town of about 600 people (2013).[2] A beautiful town on the top of a mountain in southeast Abruzzo (about an hour and a half east of Rome and near the Adriatic coast town of Pescara), it was made somewhat famous by M. C. Escher in his print of the town which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Italian historical documents reference Goriano beginning around 816, but local residents claim the town is early Roman and existed in some form over 2000 years ago.

Goriano Sicoli (literally, the Goriano of Sicily) lies at the south east end of the Comunità Montana Sirentina region of Abruzzo. This group of mountain towns includes ski resorts, castles, a Roman bridge, water wheels and rural churches. The region runs along both sides of the river Aterno, which flows from the regional capital L'Aquila to the Adriatic Sea.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ http://en.comuni-italiani.it/066/047/index.html

Mc esher the dutch painter made a painting of this city.