|Abruzzo Province of L'Aquila Fontecchio|
Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Located on a hill in the Aterno Valley, in the Sirente - Velino Natural Park, Fontecchio retains many medieval features.
Altitude: 670 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: 27 km -- Population: ca. 500 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67020 -- Phone Area Code: 0862 -- How to reach it: road: S.S.n° 261 Subequana
trains: Line L'Aquila-Sulmona
At the sites called Il Castellone and Monte San Pio pre-Roman constructions were found, and inside the town itself there are Roman remains. The nedieval settlement rose in the 11th century from the union of five vici (=hamlets), including Fons Tichiae. In 1648 the town was besieged and destroyed: since then the bell tolls fifty times, in memory of those terrible fifty days. Fontecchio belonged, among other lords, to the Corvi family.
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