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The first document in which the name of Pratola appears (“in loco Pratulae”) is an agricultural contract dated 997. From 1863, by Royal Decree, the town assumed the name of Pratola Peligna.
On January 9, 2006 the Municipality of Pratola was awarded the Bronze Medal of Civil Merit by the President of the Republic.
The cult of the Madonna della Libera
According to legend, during the terrible plague of 1456, a farmer dreamed of the liberating Madonna, who announced to him the end of the epidemic.
The festival is celebrated every year on the first and second Sunday of May.
The “beans of Pratola”, “poverelli” and “cannellini”, “the seven soups”, and scrippelle. The “curly sagna with ricotta and lamb ragout.
“le pizzelle”, the “ceci ripieni (chickpeas stuffed with chickpea purée, cooked must, chocolate and candied fruit) and the “Carnival” and “Easter” pizzas.
In Pratola there are some important wineries and citizens who produce quality live wines, among these wines deserve mention Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Cerasuolo and Trebbiano.
The Campo Imperatore plateau lies within the Gran Sasso d’Italia massif at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,900 metres, not far from the city of l’Aquila.
L’Aquila, the capital of Abruzzo, is an ancient city whose origins date back to 1254. Distinguished for its history and monuments, it experienced a period of extraordinary economic flourishing throughout the Middle Ages and up to the 16th century, becoming the second largest city in the Kingdom of Naples. Starting from the sixteenth century it housed a university and, towards the end of the fifteenth century, one of the first printing presses. Among its main monuments, which include important palaces, courtyards and churches, the basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio stands out, a jewel of the Abruzzo Romanesque style, built starting from 1288, with the majestic facade in white and pink stone decorated with rosettes; the basilica of S. Bernardino da Siena, dating back to the mid-15th century, with an elegantly sculpted white stone facade; the monumental Fontana delle 99 Spouts, dating back to the XIII century; the Romanesque churches of San Pietro da Coppito, with valuable theories of fresco paintings, and of San Silvestro, which, in addition to the remains of the original pictorial decoration, houses a copy of Raphael’s Visitation, the original of which is now in the Prado; the baroque church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, built in memory of the victims of the dramatic earthquake of 1703, with a chapel designed by Valadier.
The monumental evidences are framed by a naturalistic context of rare charm, since the city rises at the foot of the Gran Sasso d’Italia massif, surrounded by a mountain habitat rich in woodland and fauna peculiarities and by villages and castles of considerable historical and monumental importance, in an area that is included in two national parks.
The main event, with an important historical and spiritual value and with a significant identity connotation, is the Celestinian Pardon, included in the UNESCO intangible heritage list, an annual jubilee, which takes place from 23 to 29 August and takes its name from the Bull of Forgiveness , the document with which the Holy Pope Celestine V, the day after his coronation as pope, which took place on 28 August 1294 in the basilica of Collemaggio, wanted to give a plenary indulgence to anyone who had crossed the Holy Door of the Basilica of Collemaggio, between the vespers of 28 and those of 29 August. The event, which includes a rich program of cultural events, sees its main moments in the opening ceremony, on August 23, with the arrival of the Morrone Fire, after a route that follows the itinerary taken by Celestino V to reach L ‘Aquila from the Hermitage of Morrone, near Sulmona, and in the Historic Procession of 28 August, with which the precious parchment is escorted from the Municipal residence to the basilica, where it will remain on display for 24 hours. The 2022 edition of the event saw the historic presence of Pope Francis, the first pontiff in history to preside over the solemn opening ceremony of the Holy Door, who, as a further tribute to the City, wanted to extend the Celestinian Jubilee until 2023.
The city of L’Aquila and its territory have numerous food and wine excellences.
In particular, the saffron, the lentils of Santo Stefano stand out above all, as well as various types of native legumes, and the nougat, a typical dessert of the Christmas tradition. Other typical products of the area are also very well known, such as dairy products, cheeses and cured meats, which have particular processes, as well as liqueurs, among which the gentian one is particularly appreciated.