Castel di Sangro

Castel di Sangro, (L'Aquila)
Castel di Sangro is a city and comune of 6,109 people (as of 2008) in the Province of L'Aquila, in Abruzzo, Central Italy. It is the main city of the Alto Sangro e Altopiano delle Cinque Miglia area.GeographyCastel di Sangro is located near the Sangro River, in a valley in the Apennine Mountains.Neighbouring towns include Roccaraso, Pescocostanzo, Rivisondoli, and Montenero Val Cocchiara.HistoryCastel di Sangro was known to the Romans as Aufidena (a city of the Samnites). It is the ancestral home of the third and last line of the House of Caesar (Catulus Caesar).Main sightsBasilica di S. Maria AssuntaCastel di Sangro Town MuseumSportThe town gained some popularity in the mid-1990s thanks to the exploits of local football club Castel di Sangro Calcio In 1996, Castel di Sangro was visited by American author Joe McGinniss who wrote The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, a book about the team that made it up through 5 leagues to get to Serie B, the second-highest league in Italian football. The club now play at Abruzzo's Promozione level, five levels below Serie B.DistrictsCastel di Sangro is divided into six districts:CivitaStazioneColleCodacchiolaAraPiazzaTransportationCastel di Sangro has for years been a transit point for many people, because of its location making it the gateway into Abruzzo.RoadsThe main roads are:The Sangro Valley road, a highway connecting Castel di Sangro with the Val di Sangro, and then with the Adriatic Sea. The same road continues for a long stretch southward and is used by thousands of tourists who come from areas of Campania and other regions of southern Italy.The SS 17, a fast road connecting L'Aquila to Foggia. This road is very busy, with both local and through traffic. Its true capacity is often exceeded and it has seen a large number of accidents, some fatal. It is, however, generally well-managed, remaining open throughout the winter, despite the high altitude of the route.The Isernia - Castel di Sango highway. Only partly completed, this will halve the time taken to travel from the Alto Molise to the Alto Sangro.Notes and referencesExternal linksOfficial website (Italian) (English)Castel di Sangro 1 Scout Group official websiteThe news and tourist site,