Castel Camponeschi

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Castel Camponeschi is a Middle Ages fortified village in Prata d’Ansidonia, Province of L’Aquila.

The settlement, which served as the initial castrum of Prata, was constructed beginning in the 13th century and remodeled in the 15th century. As “Castrum S. Petri Camponeschi,” it was first referenced in 1508. According to legend, the hamlet was constructed at the same time as the church of San Paolo di Peltuinum, after which the fief was acquired by the aristocratic Camponeschi family of Aquila. The castle was a fief of the Nardis family from 1634 until 1806, when the rules against feudal subversion were put into effect, following a number of ownership transfers throughout the Spanish era.

The final family relocated to Prata in 1963, after which it ceased to be inhabited. It was the focus of a significant repair effort from 2003 to 2008, but work was halted by the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake and was never finished. An agreement for the full restoration, to be paid for using money from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, was signed in 2022 by the municipality of Prata d’Ansidonia and the Abruzzo Regional Council. The latter was expected to take over from the local authority during the project.

A rectangular city wall with tower ruins, together with houses and palaces, make up the plan. The cardo and decumanus’s two medieval gates remain in excellent condition. A massive tower that has been cut in half as well as a church currently unconsecrated and dedicated to St. Peter surround the west entrance. The Tuscan style of Monteriggioni, in which the homes are entirely isolated from the walls, is comparable to the Camponeschi Castle. Six quadrangular perimeter towers are still visible in parts of the walls. Recovery work on the hamlet and the castle was put on hold following the 2009 earthquake and was never restarted, leaving just half of the village rebuilt and the other half in ruins, necessitating the completion of recovery work, which had not yet started in 2020.

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