|Abruzzo Province of Teramo Castellalto|
Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
The commune of Castellalto comprises the territory between the Tordino and Vomano rivers and includes a number of centres, among which Castellalto, Castelnuovo Voman and Castelbasso, which is the oldest and most interesting.
Altitude: 481 m a.s.l -- Distance from Teramo: 15 km -- Population: ca. 6000 inhabitants -- Zip code: -- Phone Area Code: -- How to reach it:
- bus, trains: from Teramo
The discovery of neolithic arrows between Castellalto and Canzano shows the the area was already inhabited in prehistoric times. Then in Roman times the territory belonged to the municipium of Interamnia Praetuttiorum, and rustic villas have been found on a hill north of Castelbasso cemetery. In the early Middle Ages there was a Benedictine centre at nearby Laureio and in Norman times there were two castra, Castellum vetulum and Castelbasso. In 1273 a Diploma by Charles I d'Anjou mentions the castra of Castellalto and Castelbasso. In the late XV century the territory came into the power of the Acquaviva, who finally sold the two centres to the Valignani, a family from Chieti.
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