Crecchio is a comune and village in the province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region in central Italy. The village preserves its medieval aspect and is dominated by its castle.

Crecchio
Comune di Crecchio
The castle
The castle
Location of Crecchio
Crecchio is located in Italy
Crecchio
Crecchio
Location of Crecchio in Italy
Crecchio is located in Abruzzo
Crecchio
Crecchio
Crecchio (Abruzzo)
Coordinates: 42°18′N 14°20′E / 42.300°N 14.333°E / 42.300; 14.333
CountryItaly
RegionAbruzzo
ProvinceChieti (CH)
FrazioniCardetola, Casino Vezzani, Consalvi, Contrada Marcone, Mucchiarelli, San Polo, San Polo Stazione, Vassarella, via Piana, Villa Baccile, Villa Consalvi, Villa Formicone, Villa Mascitti, Villa Selciaroli, Villa Tucci, Villavalentini
Government
 • MayorNicolino Di Paolo
Area
 • Total19.23 km2 (7.42 sq mi)
Elevation
208 m (682 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2017)[2]
 • Total2,842
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Crecchiesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
66014
Dialing code0871
Saint day28 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Its main activities are agriculture and tourism, yet small family-run businesses exist.

GeographyEdit

Crecchio is located between the Adriatic coast and the pedemountain areas of the Maiella Mountain Massif. The Arielli and Rifago streams flow in the north west of the territory. These have cut deep valleys and have given rise to a hill with steep flanks, the top of which is occupied by Crecchio itself. In the south eastern areas, the landscape slopes towards the Moro stream.

Even though the area as a whole is dominated by hills and valleys, there are several flat areas within the boundaries of the commune. These include the areas Pietra Lata, Casone e Macchie near the provincial road "Marrucina" (ex SS 538), at Fonte Roberto and Ciaò (between Villa Mascitti and Casino Vezzani), in the areas surrounding Villa Tucci (Padule, Pozzo e Capo Lemare) and at S. Maria Cardetola. The elevation slowly decreases from southwest to northeast. The minimum elevation of 86 metres (282 ft) above sea level is at Piano di Morrecine in the valley of the Arielli stream (northern areas) while the maximum elevation is 276 metres (906 ft) at the old railway station near the border with the commune of Arielli.

HistoryEdit

Historical sources date Crecchio back to at least the 11th century, and archaeological evidence suggests it was inhabited at least as far back as the Roman era.

Main sightsEdit

The major building is the 12th-century castle which was converted to residential use in 1789. The castle became the family seat of the de Riseis family. The family were host to Prince Umberto in 1926 for one night of their honeymoon.[3]

The castle was the site of an event during World War II when, on 10 September 1943, after the armistice, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy of Italy, in flight from Rome, spent a night in the castle before leaving Italy from the port of Ortona.

An Etruscan and Byzantine museum is located inside the castle.

EconomyEdit

The economy is mainly based on agriculture where vineyards and olive trees dominate the hills and valleys. The main vines grown are Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Trebbiano. The first produces a dense red wine while Trebbiano grapes produce a rich white table wine.

The few business activities are mainly focused on the textile and mechanical industry.

See alsoEdit

Twin townsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ de Simone, Donato (2007). Suffer the Children: Growing Up In Italy During World War II. p. 94. ISBN 1462821685.