On our drive back, we decided to stop off and explore the medieval town of Pacentro. I must admit, it’s the first time I’d ever heard of it.
Once I saw Pacentro, I realized at least one had clearly slipped my notice.
Pacentro is quite close to the impressive town of Sulmona (you can see my earlier post about Sulmona here).
Pacentro’s history is closely tied to the Kingdom of Naples, to which the Abruzzo region once belonged. Its impressive castle ruins, including three towers, still remain.
The castle was constructed in the 10th century – in 951 – by Count di Valva. By the 14th century, the territory had passed to the noble Caldora family.
The town and its castle were located in a strategic position, and the town enjoyed relative prosperity, and developed as a social and intellectual hub for the region. The impressive Santa Maria della Misericordia church was built between the 16th and 17th centuries.