|Abruzzo Province of Chieti Rapino|
Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Of very ancient origin, Rapino was known in the past for the art of ceramics, brought to the highest splendour by Fedele Cappelletti and other famous potters of his family; recently this activity has been growing again.
Altitude: 420 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 20 km -- Population: ca. 1400 inhabitants in 2010 -- Zip code: 66010 -- Phone Area Code: 0871 -- Frazioni: Case Nuove, Colle Cese, Coste Micucci, Ortaglio, Piano, Pretaro, Vicenne -- How to reach it: motorway: A25 exit Chieti - road: SS 81 from Chieti
The oldest findings of human settlements in the area date back to the Paleolithic. In the "Grotta del Colle" a huge circular cave, the famous "Bronze of Rapino" a slab with an inscription in Oscan, was found in 1846. In the Middle Ages the countryside was involved in the colonization by Benedictine monks. Among its feudal lords were the Orsini and the Colonna.
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