The village of Pacentro is located in Abruzzo, inside the Majella National Park. The first document that attests to its existence dates back to the 8th century, when it is donated to the monastery of St. Vincent and the Volturno by Dukes Spirits. The construction of the castle dates back to the X-XI century, when the nearby Peligna Valley is invaded by the ravages of Saracens and Normans. Subsequently, the village's economy developed. In 1270, when the Angevin and the Aragonese struggles again for the struggle for the Kingdom of Naples, the country was at the center of the struggle, as neighbor Sulmona supported the Aragonese. With Giacomo Caldora the country finds a period of peace until about 1464, but with the victory of the Angevins Antonio Caldora lost all the lands. After the unity of Italy, the whole area is hit by brigandage. Finally, in the twentieth century, various stages of emigration left the country as a matter of fact.
The most important architectural element of the village of Pacentro is the Castello Caldora. Within the territory of the municipality falls the San Leonardo step which houses at the foot of the Maiella a small ski resort and base for hiking and recreational activities linked to the mountain.
The village is also known for being the birthplace of the Ciccone family, from which the singer Madonna descends.