Pacentro

Pacentro
Comune
Comune di Pacentro
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Coat of arms of Pacentro
Coat of arms
Pacentro is located in Italy
Pacentro
Pacentro
Location of Pacentro in Italy
Coordinates: 42°03′N 14°03′E / 42.050°N 14.050°E / 42°03′N 14°03′E / 42.050; 14.050
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Passo San Leonardo
Government
 • Mayor Guido Angellili
Area
 • Total 71 km2 (27 sq mi)
Elevation 653 m (2,142 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 1,269
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pacentrani
Time zone CET ( UTC+1)
 • Summer ( DST) CEST ( UTC+2)
Postal code 67030
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint San Marco, Madonna della Misericordia
Saint day April 25, May 8

Pacentro is a comune of 1279 inhabitants of the province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy. It is a well-preserved historic medieval village located in the central part of Italy, several kilometers from the City of Sulmona about 170 kilometres (110 mi) east of Rome. Pacentro has been nominated as one of the "Borghi più belli d'Italia" (the most beautiful villages in Italy).

Geography

Pacentro lies in the Apennine Mountain Range on a plateau consisting of small hills 650 metres (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. The town is just below Mount Morrone and just above the Peligna Valley (Conca Peligna) and the City of Sulmona. Pacentro is part of the Majella National Park (Parco Nazionale della Majella) and is renowned for its springs and fresh mountain water that comes from the snow of the Majella.