CELANO

As it demonstrates the digging of one "palafittopoli" (primitive village built on water) in the near Piana del Fucino, the territory was inhabited since remote times (II millenium a.C.).
The history of Celano can be read through the architectonic history of Castello Piccolomini.
The counts of Celano begin the construction of the castle (1392) building up the first two plans. Lionello Acclozamora (1451), new lord of Celano, wants the construction of the noble floor and the four angular towers.
In 1463 fief passes to the Piccolomini family in obedience to king Ferdinand of Aragon's will. These last ones complete the construction with some small hanging loggias, destroyed during the earthquake of 1915, and add the angular towers along the castle's walls. The castle and the power in Celano pass then in several hands of important families: the Peretti, the Savelli, Sforza-Cesarini, gli Sforza-Cabrera Bodavilla, the De Torres, the Arezzo and the Dragonetti.

To include in the visit to Celano the church of San Giovanni Batista with frescoes of senese school, which conservesn the urns of three Christian martyrs (Simplicio, Costanzo and Vittoriano) and the church of Santa Maria Valle Verde (XV-XVI sec.) with frescoes ('500) and a painting by Giovanni Antonio Bazzi known as “Sodoma”.
The center is dominated by the Castello Piccolomini (1392), today center of the Museum of Sacred Art, with its imposing figure composed by a mastio with four great merlate towers and one encircled walls with square and cylindrical towers to the angles.

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