Catignano, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

Catignano Located to the east of Mount Morrone, this beautiful center in the hinterland of Pescara is famous for its the summertime events as well as for its delicious pork sausages. The old historical quarter is arranged in a ring around a fortified core. A typical feature is the use of red bricks in the place of stone even in decorations.


  • Altitude: 355 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Pescara: 35 km
  • Population: ca. 1600 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 65011
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 085
  • How to reach it: by road, s.n. 602 from Pescara; by motorway, A25 exit Chieti.


In the area there was an ancient Neolithic site, and archeological evidence point to the existence of a Roman settlement. The Castellum de Cateniano, which belonged to the bishop of Penne, was donated to the Monastery of Carpineto, to which it still belonged in 1123.

During the reign of Charles I of Anjou there was a Ghibelline revolt at the time of the descent of Conradin of Swabia; Maio Bruserio, then lord of the manor, was imprisoned by his own wife. When King Charles heard about this, he released Bruserio and punished all traitors. In 1289 Charles II ordered that the fourth part of the castle belonged to Gualtiero di Dragone from Penne.

From the 15th and throughout the 16th century, at the behest of Ferrante of Aragon, King of the Two Sicilies, Catignano was under the lordship of Pietro Lalle Camponeschi.

What to see

  • The church of San Giovanni Battista (1795), with a beautiful stone facade.
  • Not far from the town, the Chiesa dei Cappuccini, with its beautiful Romanesque portal.
  • The medieval Church of San Francesco(14th century), which hosts frescoes of the 15th century; the inside is well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

Events and Festivities

  • Fourth Sunday in June: Feast of St. Irene (at Contrada Cappuccini)
  • July-August: summer events "Luci d'Estate" (Summer Lights)
  • 16-17 September: patron feast of Santa Croce (Holy Cross).

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