San Giovanni Lipioni, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Picturesque borough perched on a rocky crest, which overlooks the valley of the river Trigno.


  • Altitude: 545 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 115 km
  • Population: ca. 210 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 66050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0873
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Vasto Sud; by road, SS 650 from San Salvo.


Built on the site of a Roman pagus belonging to the municipium of Terventum, appeared in an early medieval document as Sanctus Johannes a podio Bacco; the name changed later to S. Giovanni Lupino and again, S. Giovanni Lupione. In the 18th century it was under the Marinelli family.

What to see

  • The Fortified Borough of the 13th-14th centuries developed on a ridge with houses arranged according to a comb-like layout, along a median axis north-south with the parish church to the north. Among the most typical features are the "house-walls" with sloping outside walls, with service roads passing through porches, terraces, archways and underground passages.
  • The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (our Lady of Graces) of the 18th century, at the highest point of the village, on a site occupied in antiquity by a pagan temple, mentioned in the Tabula Osca of Agnone.
  • The Chapel of Santa Liberata, outside the village, built between the 12th and 13th centuries, with a peculiar cross-shaped rosewindow on a stone facade with two mullioned windows.

Events and Festivities

  • October: Festival of scrippelle (typical Abruzzese crepes).

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