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Celano

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Celano is a town and comune in the Province of L'Aquila, central Italy, 120km east of Rome by rail.GeographyCelano rises on the top of a hill in the territory of Marsica, below the mountain range of Sirente. It faces the valley of Fucino, once filled by the large Fucine Lake, which was drained during the 19th century.HistoryAfter the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Celano suffered from the invasions of Lombards (6th century). The city passed under Byzantine control, and was then subdued by the Lombards and governed by the duchies of Spoleto and Benevento.From the 8th century, Charlemagne and his descendants ruled the Marsica region independently of Spoleto, raising it to the rank of county. Celano was elected Caput Marsorum (capital city of the Marsica region), governed by the Berardi family. From around the year 1140, it was captured by the Normans, who annexed it to the Kingdom of Sicily. Fearing that Marsica was becoming too powerful, in the year 1223 Emperor Frederick II ordered his army to destroy the castles of the region. Celano suffered a long siege, which ended with its defeat and total destruction and the exile of its entire male population to Sicily and Malta. Once the feudal rights of Celano were abolished the region came under the jurisdiction of the Giustizierato of Abruzzo, with Sulmona as capital.
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Castle
Castello Piccolomini di Celano
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Canyon
Gole di Aielli Celano
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Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Chiesa di Sant'Angelo
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Celano

Religious Site
Monastero Di S.Benedetto Subiaco
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Il Lago di Scanno Scanno
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Cave
Grotte di Stiffe San Demetrio ne' Vestini
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Ruin
Rocca Calascio Calascio
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Celano

Historic Walking Area
Celano Centro Storico
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museo d'Arte Sacra della Marsica
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Chiesa di San Francesco
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Museo Preistorico di Celano
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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