Abruzzo, Italy: the ruins of San Pio delle Camere Castle

The castle of San Pio delle Camere, today a ruin, is clinging to the slopes of Monte Gentile, looking out from the mountain to control the valley below and the area corresponding to the famous Tratturo Magno, which connected L’Aquila to Foggia. The fort was located upstream of the village and initially served as a refuge for the surrounding populations and for their livestock, in cases of greater danger. The first information about the castle dates back to 1173, when it was a fiefdom of the barons from Poppleto. The…

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