Loreto Aprutino is steeped in local history with medieval roots and has a jolly atmosphere. It sits on top of a hilltop with a historic centre and a functional commercial centre. At the very top you will find the colossal Castello Chiola that has been remodelled on several occasions since its construction in 1864. In addition, you can find the interesting Museo delle Ceramiche Acerbo di Castelli.
The approx. 5,000 inhabitants all seem to live in the town centre and the main square, Piazza Garibaldi is a meeting place for the older folk who discuss the political situation, today's sports scores or even their wives latest creation in the kitchen. Further up the road you will find another piazza and a large fenced playground where the women and children meet.
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Historical monuments and celebrations
The town has a few interesting churches, including San Pietro Apostolo from the 15th Century, which has remarkable windows and is home to the ashes of the patron Saint 'San Zopito' in a silver urn. Reference is made to the church of San Francesco d'Assisi 13th from the Century, where you should take note of the entrance and bell tower. In the surrounding area you will find the most important churches of Santa Maria in Piano which was rebuilt in 1280 and decorated with some amazing frescoes that are among the most important in Abruzzo today.
The town and region are known for their production of exquisite extra virgin olive oil, pasta and also the breeding of cattle. There is a museum in the town - Museo dell'Olio, which depicts an olive press from the year 1880.
The town has good parking, a variety of shops and cafes, bars and several eateries.