Pizzoferrato

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Pizzoferrato
Comune
Comune di Pizzoferrato
View of Pizzoferrato
View of Pizzoferrato
Pizzoferrato is located in Italy
Pizzoferrato
Pizzoferrato
Location of Pizzoferrato in Italy
Coordinates: 41°55′N 14°14′E / 41.917°N 14.233°E / 41.917; 14.233Coordinates: 41°55′N 14°14′E / 41.917°N 14.233°E / 41.917; 14.233
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city Chieti (CH)
Frazioni Castiglione, Collalto, Turchi, Valle del Sole
Area
 • Total 30 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 1,251 m (4,104 ft)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 1,163
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pizzoferratesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 66040
Dialing code 0872

Pizzoferrato is a comune and town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

History[edit]

Pizzoferrato was founded in the Middle Ages. It's high vantage point helped protect it from bandits. Very few documents remain so much of the legal history of the town is lost. The church and stronghold of St. Nicola and Madonna del Girone date back to the 10th century.

Geography[edit]

Pizzoferrato is in a rocky, mountainous region of Chieti. The defining characteristic of the town is the large cliff around which it is situated. The surrounding countryside is a patchwork of pastures and forests.

Landmarks[edit]

Church of St. Nicola and Madonna del Girone[edit]

This church is a ruin located on the summit of the cliff around which Pizzoferrato is located. It shows signs of also being a stronghold as well as a church.

The church is made of stone with a plaster facade. Remains of statues of St. Nicholas of Bari and St. Dominic. The church bell resides in a tower to the right of the front entrance and it was cast in the town of Agnone.

Church of San Rocco[edit]

The Church of San Rocco resides in the Piazza San Rocco and was built on the ruins of the Chapel of San Rocco. It dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century.

Majella National Park[edit]

Main Article: Maiella National Park

Maiella National Park is a national park located in the provinces of Chieti, Pescara and L'Aquila, in the region Abruzzo, Italy. It is centered on the Maiella massif and has an area of 740.95 km².

The park contains about 500 kilometres of hiking trails, cave paintings in Grotta Sant'Angelo and Grotta del Cavallone.

Notable People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)