Castel di Sangro


Castel di Sangro

Infobox CityIT
official_name = Comune di Castel di Sangro
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province = ProvinciaIT (short form)|sigla=AQ (AQ)
mayor =
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elevation_footnotes =
elevation_m = 805
area_footnotes =
area_total_km2 = 83.98
population_footnotes =
population_as_of = 2008
population_total = 6109
pop_density_footnotes =
population_density_km2 = 69,06
coordinates = coord|41|46|29|N|14|6|16|E|region:IT_type:city(6109)
gentilic = Castellani
telephone = 0864
postalcode = 67031
frazioni = Roccacinquemiglia, Località Pontone, Località Sant'Angelo
saint = San Rufo
day = 27 August
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mapy = #expr:14 + 6 / 60.0
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native_name = Castel di Sangro
name = Castel di Sangro
website = http://www.comune.casteldisangro.aq.it

Castel di Sangro is a city of 6,109 people (as of 2008) in the Province of L'Aquila, in Abruzzo, southern Italy. It is the central city of the Alto Sangro e altopiano delle cinque miglia.

Geography

It is located on the Sangro River, in a valley in the Apennine Mountains.

Neighbouring communes include Roccaraso, Pescocostanzo, Rivisondoli, and Montenero Val Cocchiara.

History

Castel di Sangro was known to the Romans as Aufidena (a city of the Samnites). It is the ancestral home of the third and last line of the House of Caesar (Catulus Caesar).

Main sights

* Basilica di S. Maria Assunta
* Castel di Sangro Town Museum

Sport

The town gained some popularity in the mid-1990s thanks to the exploits of local football club Castel di Sangro Calcio In 1996, Castel di Sangro was visited by a man named Joe McGiness who wrote the book, 'The Miracle of Castel di Sangro' which was the story about the Calcio team who made it up through 5 leagues to get to 'Serie B'. This is the 2nd highest league in Italian Calcio.

Districts

Castel di Sangro is divided into six districts:
*Civita;
*Stazione;
*Colle;
*Codacchiola
*Ara;
*Piazza.

Transport and Communication

Castel di Sangro has for years been a point of passage for many people, because of its position as a door to Abruzzo.

Roads

The main roads are:
*The Sangro Valley road, a highway connecting Castel di Sangro with the Val di Sangro, and then with the Adriatic Sea. The same road continues for a long stretch southward and is used by thousands of tourists who come from areas of Campania and other regions of southern Italy.
*The SS 17, a fast road connecting L'Aquila to Foggia. This road is very busy, with both local and through traffic. Its true capacity is often exceeded and it has seen a large number of accidents, some fatal. It is, however, generally well-managed, remaining open throughout the winter, despite the high altitude of the route.
*The Isernia - Castel di Sango highway. Only part completed, this will halve the time taken to travel from the Alto Molise to the Alto Sangro.

External links

* [http://www.casteldisangro.tv Castel di Sangro website. Live webcam, webtv and local weather service. Mobile version available.]
* [http://www.casteldisangro.com/eng/ Castel di Sangro website]
* [http://casteldisangro1.altervista.org/ Castel di Sangro 1 Scout Group official website]

Notes and references


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