Catignano (about 1500 inhabitants) is situated in the Province of Pescara, 395 m above sea level, in front of Gran Sasso and Majella.

The history of Catignano dates back to Neolithic, as shown by some valuable archaeological findings from the Neolithic village in Sterpara borough. Linked to Penne in the Middle Ages and modern times, the village boasts many places of artistic and architectural interest: the eighteenth-century church of St. Giovanni the Baptist, the medieval Church of San Francesco, and just outside the town there is the Romanesque Abbey of Santa Maria di Catignano, National Monument, where the relics of St. Irene are shrined.

The economy of Catignano is based mainly on agriculture with production of oil and wine of excellence.

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