CAPESTRANO

At 465 meters of height, on a hill in the high Tirino valley, rises Capestrano, historical village and spot of artistic and cultural interest.
The village has medieval origins and it thinks it has been founded by the inhabitants of the ancient Aufinum, a center localized through the archaeological rests a little bit downhill respect to Capestrano, as a result of the barbaric invasions that followed to the fall of Rome.
In 752 it began the presence of the Benedictines friars on the territory through the construction of the monastery of Saint Peter ad Oratorium.
In the Middle Ages (1298) the fief is owned by Riccardo d' Acquaviva in order then to pass to Pietro di Celano (1318).
Of posterior age it is the construction of the Castle (1463) wanted by Antonio Piccolomini, who enlarge a previous construction and build to its interior a beautiful noble palace. In the 1579 Capestrano passes to Francesco de Medici.

Stages of the visit are Castello Piccolomini and its quadrangular tower that dominates the ancient village, the church of Santa Maria della Pace (that keeps the tomb of Alfonso Piccolomini, killed by the count of Celano) and the Convent San Giovanni di Capestrano, built in XV century.
The Monastery San Pietro ad Oratorium (XI sec. on a previous one of 752), embellished with Byzantine fresco (second half of 1200) completes the visit of splendid village.

Capestrano became famous world-wide for the finding, happened in 1934 in a vineyard, of an ancient statue preroman age known like the “Guerriero di Capestrano” and today kept at the National Archaeological Museum in Chieti.

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