Tagliacozzo (Marsicano: Tajacózzo) is a town and comune in the province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, central Italy.

Comune di Tagliacozzo
Piazza dell'Obelisco.
Piazza dell'Obelisco.
Coat of arms of Tagliacozzo
Location of Tagliacozzo
Tagliacozzo is located in Italy
Location of Tagliacozzo in Italy
Tagliacozzo is located in Abruzzo
Tagliacozzo (Abruzzo)
Coordinates: 42°4′13″N 13°15′20″E / 42.07028°N 13.25556°E / 42.07028; 13.25556
ProvinceL'Aquila (AQ)
FrazioniAltolaterra, Colle San Giacomo, Gallo di Tagliacozzo, Nuovo Borgo Rurale, Oriente, Poggetello, Poggio Filippo, Roccacerro, San Donato di Tagliacozzo, Sfratati, Sorbo, Tremonti, Villa San Sebastiano Marsia
 • MayorVincenzo Giovagnorio
 • Total87.4 km2 (33.7 sq mi)
740 m (2,430 ft)
 (30 June 2016)[2]
 • Total6,866
 • Density79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0863
Patron saintSt. Peter
Saint day13 June
WebsiteOfficial website


Tagliacozzo lies in an area inhabited in early historic times by the Aequi and the Marsi, although the first mentions of the town dates from the 11th century AD. Later it was a possession on the Orsini, who established a mint here. They were succeeded by the Colonna (local lords including Prospero and Marcantonio Colonna), who held the Duchy of Tagliacozzo until 1806.

Near the modern city (more precisely, near Scurcola Marsicana) was fought the Battle of Tagliacozzo (1268) between Conradin of Hohenstaufen and Charles I of Anjou, which resulted in Conradin's defeat and eventual execution.[3]

Main sightsEdit

  • The Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), built at the end of the 14th century by Roberto Orsini.[3]
  • The Convent of St. Francis, housing the tomb of Tommaso da Celano.
  • Museo Orientale, with collections of Egyptian, Ethiopian and Eastern findings.
  • 13th century fountain in Piazza dell'Obelisco, a national monument.
  • Sanctuary of Maria Santissima dell'Oriente, on a hill 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from town. It is cited as early as the 14th century.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tagliacozzo" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 356.

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