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Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte

A look at Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte
Matteo Pastorelli

Castel del Monte
Matteo Pastorelli

Castel del Monte
Matteo Pastorelli

Castel del Monte
Domenico Giuliani

Castel del Monte
Domenico Giuliani

Castel del Monte
Domenico Giuliani

Castel del Monte
Domenico Giuliani

The castle

The village of Castel del Monte is located in the Gran Sasso National Park in Abruzzo. The earliest testimonies of its existence date back to the 11th century BC. in the nearby plain of San Marco, south of the village. Subsequently, the inhabitants moved to the fortified village that today is named Ricetto or the oldest part of Castel del Monte, near the castle. In the 12th century, Castel del Monte, one of the capitals of the Abruzzo transhumance, was one of the eight settlements that set up Terra or Baronia of Ofena. The first pontifical bubbles mention only the church of San Marco in Ofena (to be interpreted as S. Marco of Castel del Monte), while the name of Castellum de Monte appears for the first time in the papal bubble of 1223. In the fifteenth he was part of the marquisate (principality since 1584) of Capestrano along with Ofena and Villa Santa Lucia. The country followed the vicissitudes of the Earth of Ofena and passed to Acquaviva in 1283, to Todecchini Piccolomini in 1478, to Ottavio Cattaneo in 1569 and finally to the Medici in 1579. He died without heirs Anna Maria Luisa in 1743, Capestrano's principality passed as a state allodized, together with the baron of Carapelle, to the Bourbons of Naples. In 1861, finally, with the Unity of Italy acquired status as a common autonomy and was included in the province of Aquila degli Abruzzi (then L'Aquila).

The village is characterized by the beautifully preserved medieval nucleus. The architecture is dominated by the type of house-tower, with a structure similar to a masonry tower, with a very small base and remarkable height development (five or six floors). They certainly deserve a visit to the Church of St. Mark the Evangelist, the oldest in the hamlet. In Castel del Monte there is also a museum path dedicated to the history and tradition of the country.

Its proximity to the north, with the plain of Campo Imperatore, through the Cape of Serre passage has favored the sheepdog that for centuries has constituted the backbone of the country's economy. Castel del Monte is in fact one of the symbols of transhumance. Among the most traditional, widespread and renowned economic activities, there are handicrafts, such as weaving for carpets, tapestries and blankets, which are characterized by geometrical and plant themes. Also important is the production of rustic furniture.

Municipality of Castel del Monte
Province of L'Aquila
Abruzzo Region

Inhabitants: 413
Center Altitude: 1346 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Comunità Montana Campo Imperatore- Navelli Plain

Protected natural areas:
Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park

Municipality of Castel del Monte
Via del Municipio 5 - Castel del Monte (AQ)
Tel. +39 0862 938137

Pro Loco Castel del Monte
Via Centrale 23 - Castel del Monte
Tel. +39 338 2244437 / +39 339 1373551

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Next or present Events

  • Sheep's Review
    05-08-2019
    Expo

    Add to calendar 2019-08-05 2019-08-05 Europe/Rome Sheep's Review In the locality of Fonte Macina, at the entrance to the plateau of Campo Imperatore, held annually the review of sheep, a central event for the world of pastoralism Abruzzo, which allows the meeting between farmers and producers. In this context, is famous the Canestrato of Castel del Monte, a pecorino cheese awarded several times in national events, a Slow Food Presidium. Castel del Monte

    In the locality of Fonte Macina, at the entrance to the plateau of Campo Imperatore, held annually the review of sheep, a central event for the world of pastoralism Abruzzo, which allows the meeting between farmers and producers. In this context, is famous the Canestrato of Castel del Monte, a pecorino cheese awarded several times in national events, a Slow Food Presidium.

  • The feast of San Donato
    From 06-08-2019
    To 07-08-2019
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-06 2019-08-07 Europe/Rome The feast of San Donato Castel del Monte

  • Night of the Witches
    17-08-2019
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-08-17 2019-08-17 Europe/Rome Night of the Witches The initiative was born from a reading of the texts of the shepherd-poet Francesco Giuliani, is the main event of Castel del Monte. Starting from sunset along the rite of the turn of the country in search of evil spirits, assisting in sequence at different shows, theatrical and not. During the day there are markets and tasting of typical products. Castel del Monte

    The initiative was born from a reading of the texts of the shepherd-poet Francesco Giuliani, is the main event of Castel del Monte. Starting from sunset along the rite of the turn of the country in search of evil spirits, assisting in sequence at different shows, theatrical and not. During the day there are markets and tasting of typical products.

  • The Procession of Our Lady of the Shepherds
    08-09-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-09-08 2019-09-08 Europe/Rome The Procession of Our Lady of the Shepherds Nocturnal procession, by candlelight, in the heart of the village. During the procession the doorways and windows are open to receive the blessing of Our Lady before the start of the transhumance. Castel del Monte

    Nocturnal procession, by candlelight, in the heart of the village. During the procession the doorways and windows are open to receive the blessing of Our Lady before the start of the transhumance.

Past Events

  • The Festival of Museums 2018
    19-05-2018
    Festival

    Admission to the symbolic cost of 1 euro

  • The Romantic Night
    23-06-2018
    The Romantic Night
    Festival

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