Pacentro (Abruzzo)

Pacentro is a village of the province of L'Aquila, in Abruzzo. It is a well-preserved historic medieval village located in the central part of Italy, several kilometers from the City of Sulmona. Pacentro has been nominated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village lies in the Apennine Mountain Range on a plateau consisting of small hills 650 meters (2,133 ft) above sea level. The castle sits on one hill (Colle Castello) at one end of town and the other hill (Colle San Marco) is where the old Church of S. Marco used to sit. Pacentro is part of the Majella National Park and is renowned for its springs and fresh mountain water that comes from the snow of the Majella. In Pacentro, artistic handicraft boasts a centuries-old tradition: the working of white stone from the Maiella, small terracotta figurines for cribs, crochet work and the Abruzzi women's’ traditional costumes.

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Recipes From Abruzzo


This show-stopper of a cake from Abruzzo has three layers of flavored sponge cake and two layers of rich custard for a decadent dessert.


These ring-shaped cookies, common in central and southern Italy, are made with olive oil and wine...perfect for setting out on the table with coffee or tea when guests drop by! 



In Abruzzo, the soffione is a traditional Easter dessert, though its growing popularity means you can now find it year-round in many bakeries throughout the region.


Legumes form the base for this Abruzzese country-style soup, a humble but delicious dish that uses not only the chickpeas, but also their cooking liquid, leaving nothing to waste.

What others are saying about Abruzzo

@k_ciolli asks:

We are purchasing a home in the Chieti region of Abruzzo. It comes with about 20+ acres of scrub farmland. Nothing is growing on it now but weeds and scrub brush. What would it take to obtain a declaration of an Agritourismo on this land?

@SRodgers asks:

Are there any English speakers in the greater Pescara area? My husband and I are near Citta Sant’Angelo, not permanent residents but we visit four times a year for about eight weeks in total. We are learning Italian but are at a very basic level.

@mozart asks:

We are at last taking possession of our flat in Villa Sant'Angelo, L'Aquila and will be there from 16-23 May this year.