Pescasseroli

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Pescasseroli
Comune
Comune di Pescasseroli
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Coat of arms of Pescasseroli
Coat of arms
Pescasseroli is located in Italy
Pescasseroli
Pescasseroli
Location of Pescasseroli in Italy
Coordinates: 41°48′N 13°47′E / 41.800°N 13.783°E / 41.800; 13.783Coordinates: 41°48′N 13°47′E / 41.800°N 13.783°E / 41.800; 13.783
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Government
 • Mayor Anna Nanni
Area
 • Total 92 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation 1,167 m (3,829 ft)
Population (31 July 2015)
 • Total 2,206
 • Density 24/km2 (62/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pescasserolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67032
Dialing code 0863
Patron saint St. Paul
Saint day 30 June
Website Official website

Pescasseroli is a town and comune in the province of L'Aquila, in Southern Abruzzo, central Italy.

A summer and winter resort, it is today the headquarters of the Abruzzo National Park. It is located in the heart of the Monti Marsicani. In 1866, the philosopher Benedetto Croce was born there.

History[edit]

Abbey of St Peter and Paul

Domain of Borrello Family (11th century), Pescasseroli passed as "sub-fief of. Di Sangro. From these, after the fall of the Swabians, it came under the Aquinas. In 1349, when Adenolfo II Aquinas died, under the[clarification needed] of the castle of Alvito, went to a branch of the Loreto counts. In 1461, the barony of Pescasseroli was inherited by Antonella d'Aquino, marquise of Pescara. At the end of the sixteenth century, the estate was sold to Giovan Giacomo di Sangro, who died in 1607. Put up for auction is recorded from this point until the early eighteenth century, along a succession of different owners, until in 1705. For the price of 15,770 ducats, it was acquired by the Massa family of Sorrento, the last barons of Pescasseroli, before the advent of the new nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, in this case exemplified by different familles.

The Pescasseroli-Candela sheep route or "tratturo" was first started in imperial times as a military route used by the Roman legions. In the Middle Ages it became a route for sheep grazing migration from the higher and colder mountains of Abruzzo to the lower pastures of Puglia. With a distance of 211 kilometres (131 miles) it is the third longest "tratturo" in southern Italy.

Main sights[edit]

  • Abbey of Sts. Peter and Paul, founded around 1100. It houses a wooden statue of Madonna with Child from the 13th century.

Tourism[edit]

Tourism is today's economic resource. Pescasseroli is considered the most important center of the Abruzzo National Park. At the center of the most interesting natural itineraries, the town offers a range of services and facilities that meet the demands of tourists and vacationers all year round in the protected area: a viisitor center of the park, nature museum, wildlife area, botanical garden, the ski slopes of the mountain of Vitelle, equipped with parking. Foremost is protected wild life and untouched nature that offers an important variety of flora and fauna along with all the related services and hospitality. All this, along with its hospitable inhabitants, makes Pescasseroli a favorite destination for summer holidays and for winter sports.

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Pescasseroli is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Microsoft Corp. Encarta Encyclopedia. Italian edition (2002).