Italia è magazine A monthly
journal of news, tourism and daily affairs, January-February 2008
- Chieti -
the Sea and the Maiella
Torricella Peligna, at an altitude of 900
meters, faces the Maiella Massif and lies between the Sangro and
Aventino Valleys. It is in a position that allows a visitor to take
in a broad, splendorous view, embracing sea and mountain.
From the Tyrrhenian Coast, take the A24
highway to Tagliacozzo. Merge onto A2. Exit at Pratola Peligna.
Take SS17 towards Sulmona and Roccaraso; then SS84 towards Palena
and Torricella Peligna.
From the Adriatic Coast, take the Val di
Sangro exit off the A14 highway. Then take the Roccascalegna and
Torricella Peligna exit off SS652.
Places to Visit
Anthropological Museum, where there are many items (gravesite
remains, helmets, armored plates) found in the nearby ancient city
of Juvanum and a mummified body from the 17th century.
The Church of San Giacomo, with a tripartite façade that has more
than once been restored; inside the church are preserved a silver
pix and ostensorium crafted in the Neapolitan style and a wooden
statue of the Madonna of the Rosary.
About 3 kilometers from the town, the rural Sanctuary of
the Madonna del Roseto (Madonna of the Roses), and nearby a glimpse
of the mythical footprint of Samson, according to legend planted
there when he took one step to cross the entire valley. The old
village of Fallascoso, just a short distance from Torricella, with a
hermitage and the Church of San Rinaldo.
Feast of the Madonna delle Rose (Madonna of the
Roses) in May, Feast of Sant’Antonio (St. Anthony) in June, Feast of
the Patron Saints in August, Feast of Sant’Agata (St. Agatha) in
August, Feast of San Rinaldo (St. Rinaldo) in August, Parade of the
Conche (copper water recipients) in August, “l Sant’Antoni” (St.
Anthony the Abbot) historical reenactment in January, Parade of the
“Cioccoli” (dialect for useless objects, e.g., old cans, scrap
metal) during the Feast of San Martino (St. Martin), “Attori locali”
(Local Actors) Theatrical Festival in August, Literary Festival in
Local Products and Economy
Two typical pastries, the “fiadone” filled with
cheese and ricotta and “uccelli ripieni” (stuffed birds) filled with
cooked grape must. Agriculture, the trades and tourism prevail in
Torricella. On that note, a thank you to those listed on this
page: Di Marino srl (limited liability company), construction of
buildings and roadways; Di Pietrantonio & Coladonato, aluminum and
wood aluminum window frames and shutters; Hotel Restaurant Capè;
Vecchio Moro Agritourism; Troilo Agritourism.
(Born 1909, Denver, Colorado; died 1983,
Woodland Hills, California)
American writer, son of Nick, a native of
Torricella Peligna, and Maria Capoluongo. In 1936 he debuted with
Road to Los Angeles, followed in 1937 by Wait Until
Spring, Bandini, which received immediate acclaim. Two years
later he continued his success publishing one of his most famous
novels, Ask the Dust. In 2006 Ask the Dust became a
film produced by Tom Cruise and starring Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek
and Donald Sutherland. Other writings include: Full of Life,
The Brotherhood of the Grape and Dreams from Bunker Hill,
which was dictated to his wife because he was blind by that time.
For a long time he did not receive recognition in Italy. He was
rediscovered with the publication of La strada per Los Angeles
(Road to Los Angeles). Torricella honors John Fante by
dedicating a literary festival in August to him entitled “Il Dio di
mio padre” (The God of My Father).
Caption: Mayor Tiziano Antonio Teti at the 2nd