Pretoro, in the province of Chieti, stands on the north-eastern side of the Majella, in a fascinating naturalistic context where you can take more demanding walks or excursions.
The changeability of the landscape is extreme, and it is possible to meet, in the wild valleys, ancient testimonies of shepherds, even brigands, a sign of an ancient and assiduous human frequentation of the mountain massif.
Its origins date back to 1600, after the destruction of the castle of Pretoro, perched on the end of the rock and called "Castrum Pretorii de Theti".
Pretoro shows itself to visitors as a triangular medieval village, since, going up towards the top, the village narrows, thus taking the shape of a cluster with houses climbing on the rocks.
Walking through the streets of the village you come across magnificent religious buildings including the most important in the country, the church of Sant'Andrea Apostolo with the particular floor that adapts to the shape of the rock. No less important are the church of San Nicola, also known as the church of San Domenico and the church of the Madonna della Mazza or Santa Maria della Mazza.
What distinguishes this small Abruzzo village is the craftsmanship of wood and stone. Woodworking is an art that has been practiced for many generations. In particular, the village of Pretoro is famous for the creation of spindles, traditional Abruzzo guitars for pasta, kitchen utensils, as well as chairs and furnishings. The craftsmanship of the stone, on the other hand, features the white Majella stone, typically ductile, airy and suitable for processing.
For those who come to Pretoro, the proposal of typical dishes is innumerable, starting from the "P'ttlolozz", rhombuses of pasta made with flour and water and cooked in the sauce, "Pasta alla chitarra", "grilled lamb", "coratella "e" turcinelli "made with pork casings and stuffed with sweetbreads and chilli peppers, mixed" ciabbotta "of vegetables to be placed on slices of homemade bread; "pizz 'e foij" vegetable stew with smoked sardine; "pizza scim" unleavened white bread.
Village of Pretoro
Municipality of Pretoro
Province of Chieti
Center altitude: 560 m s.l.m.
The municipality is part of:
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