Lanciano

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Lanciano
Comune
Città di Lanciano
The Fountain of Civitanova.
The Fountain of Civitanova.
Coat of arms of Lanciano
Coat of arms
Lanciano is located in Italy
Lanciano
Lanciano
Location of Lanciano in Italy
Coordinates: 42°14′N 14°23′E / 42.233°N 14.383°E / 42.233; 14.383
CountryItaly
RegionAbruzzo
ProvinceChieti (CH)
FrazioniCamicie, Colle Campitelli, Colle Pizzuto, Costa di Chieti, Follani, Fontanelle, Gaeta, Iconicella, Madonna del Carmine, Marcianese, Nasuti, Re di Coppe, Rizzacorno, Sabbioni, San Iorio, San Nicolino, Santa Croce, Santa Giusta, Santa Liberata, Santa Maria dei Mesi, Sant'Amato, Sant'Egidio, Sant'Onofrio, Serre, Serroni, Spaccarelli, Torre Marino, Torre Sansone, Villa Andreoli, Villa Carminello, Villa Elce, Villa Martelli, Villa Pasquini, Villa Stanazzo
Government
 • MayorMario Pupillo (since May 16, 2011)
Area
 • Total66 km2 (25 sq mi)
Elevation265 m (869 ft)
Population (December 2011)[1]
 • Total35,713
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
DemonymLancianesi
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code66034
Dialing code0872
Patron saintMadonna del Ponte
Saint daySeptember 16
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Lanciano
Comune
Città di Lanciano
The Fountain of Civitanova.
The Fountain of Civitanova.
Coat of arms of Lanciano
Coat of arms
Lanciano is located in Italy
Lanciano
Lanciano
Location of Lanciano in Italy
Coordinates: 42°14′N 14°23′E / 42.233°N 14.383°E / 42.233; 14.383
CountryItaly
RegionAbruzzo
ProvinceChieti (CH)
FrazioniCamicie, Colle Campitelli, Colle Pizzuto, Costa di Chieti, Follani, Fontanelle, Gaeta, Iconicella, Madonna del Carmine, Marcianese, Nasuti, Re di Coppe, Rizzacorno, Sabbioni, San Iorio, San Nicolino, Santa Croce, Santa Giusta, Santa Liberata, Santa Maria dei Mesi, Sant'Amato, Sant'Egidio, Sant'Onofrio, Serre, Serroni, Spaccarelli, Torre Marino, Torre Sansone, Villa Andreoli, Villa Carminello, Villa Elce, Villa Martelli, Villa Pasquini, Villa Stanazzo
Government
 • MayorMario Pupillo (since May 16, 2011)
Area
 • Total66 km2 (25 sq mi)
Elevation265 m (869 ft)
Population (December 2011)[1]
 • Total35,713
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
DemonymLancianesi
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code66034
Dialing code0872
Patron saintMadonna del Ponte
Saint daySeptember 16
WebsiteOfficial website
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte in Lanciano.
The Torri Montanare.

Lanciano is a town and comune in the province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It has 36,304 inhabitants as of 2011.

The city is also known for the first recorded alleged Catholic Eucharistic Miracle.

Geography[edit]

The city is located on hills and its town territory covers 66 square kilometres (25 sq mi) from Val di Sangro to Castelfrentano, and its elevation is about 265 metres (869 ft) above sea level.

It is bordered by Atessa, Castel Frentano, Fossacesia, Frisa, Mozzagrogna, Orsogna, Paglieta, Poggiofiorito, Rocca San Giovanni, San Vito Chietino, Sant'Eusanio del Sangro and Treglio.

Regarding the climate, the temperature averages about 4 °C (39 °F) in winter and 25 °C (77 °F) in summer. It usually snows about three times a year. During the summer there can be sultry days.

History[edit]

The ancient Roman name of Lanciano was Anxanum, a city of the Frentani Italic tribe. The city is said to have been founded in 1181 BC by Solimus, a Trojan refugee arrived in Italy along with Aeneas. Legends aside, archaeological findings have shown that the area was settled from the 5th millennium BC.

Under the Frentani it was probably under the influence of Greater Greece. After the end of the Samnite Wars, which saw the Frentani allied with the Romans, Lancianum obtained the status of municipium. It was probably a flourishing commercial site, across an ancient and important trade route connecting Pescara to Apulia.

Plebiscite Square in Lanciano.

According to tradition, Lanciano is also the birthplace of Longinus the Roman centurion who thrust his spear into Jesus' side during the Crucifixion: Lanciano in Italian means "of the Spear"

During the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Lanciano was sacked by the Goths, and was destroyed during the Lombard invasion (c. 571 AD). A new settlement was then created around a castle built by the new rulers. In 610, however, it was conquered by the Byzantines, who annexed it to the Duchy of Teate (Chieti) and allowed the trades to restart. In the late 8th century Lanciano was conquered by the Franks, who included it in the Duchy of Spoleto.

In 1060 the Normans made it a centre of the unified Kingdom of Sicily. Lanciano flourished again and in 1340 it was the largest city in Abruzzo with 6,500 inhabitants, renowned industries (ceramics, wool, silk, goldworks, ironworks), receiving important privileges by both Frederick II and his son Manfred, with a substantial administrative autonomy. Charles I, King of Sicily, assigned the revenues of the city's port to the Vatican Basilica. Later it was frequently at war with nearby Ortona.

It was here that Pope Gregory XII, fleeing from Cividale, landed on Neapolitan territory (1409), and went thence to Gaeta. After the end of the Italian Wars, the new Spanish rule and the shift of commerce due to the discovery of America impoverished Lanciano, which, in 1640, became a baronial possession.

Later, the city took the part of the Neapolitan Republic of 1799 and rose against the Bourbon kings in 1848, 1849 and 1853. In 1860 it voted for annexation to the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

During World War II it was an active center of the Resistance against the German occupation. On 6 October 1943 Italian citizens attacked German soldiers (revolt of the martyrs of October 1943). In 1952 it was awarded the Gold Medal to Military Valour by President Luigi Einaudi.

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Subdivisions[edit]

Apart from the city of Lanciano, the comune (municipality) of the same name contains 33 contrade. The population of the contrade has been estimated (as of 2005) at 12,682.

They are: Camicie, Colle Campitelli, Colle Pizzuto, Costa di Chieti, Follani, Fontanelle, Gaeta, Iconicella, Madonna del Carmine, Marcianese, Nasuti, re di Coppe, Rizzacorno, Sabbioni, San Iorio, Santa Croce, Santa Giusta, Santa Liberata, Santa Maria dei Mesi, Sant'Amato, Santa Nicolina, Sant'Egidio, Sant'Onofrio, Serre, Serroni, Spaccarelli, Torremarino, Torre Sansone, Villa Andreoli, Villa Carminello, Villa Elce, Villa Martelli, Villa Pasquini, Villa Stanazzo.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat