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Farindola

This town is one of the closest to the mountains in the province of Pescara, an area known for being flat. Its history follows the same lines as many Abruzzi towns whose ancient origins have all but disappeared, but whose history is documented in the medieval period of fortifications. In fact, a castle was built here and the town developed around it. Today the town is set on the slope of hill in the high valley of the Tavo River, not too far from the last layers of Gran Sasso, at about 500 m in altitude.
The town’s spiral formation offers striking views of narrow, winding little streets almost always on a slope, with arches and cobblestones bounded by stone houses and many short steps. It is not unusual to come upon architectural details such as sculpted brackets and wooden beams.
Only a few ruins remain of the original castle, but in the historic centre we find Palazzo Farnese and the parish church of San Nicola, rebuilt in the 20th century.
Farindola is a good base for excursions in the Voltigno and Valle d'Angri Regional Nature Reserve, in particular the delightful route along the wide Angora valley, an impassable gorge carved by the Tavo River which offers landscapes of a rare beauty.

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