That’s not necessarily the truth; Lanciano with its old church and rich historical heritage (and yes with the city wall too) can be certainly considered as an historical yet religious town visited from thousands of tourists every year because it is recorded as the place where the religious relic of Miracle of the Eucharist (700 AD) are stored.
Lanciano is considered to be a prehistoric village, dating back about 7000 years. It was the centre of the Frentani, a proud Italic population, under the name of Anxanum, and Romans made it a “municipium” for its key position on the road to Apulia.
Very well connected to Pescara, but also to Bomba (where a stunning lake can be seen) Lanciano it’s just 20 minutes driving from Villa Ducale.
If you are attracted by local traditions, Lanciano is certainly the place to be. Between Septembers the 14th and the 16h every year, Lanciano holds the traditional “Festa della Madonna del Ponte”.
Always in September, during the first week-end, there is also another event that is worth visiting: the “Palio delle contrade” which the day after is followed by the “Sfilata del Mastrogiurato”, an historical re-enactment in costume.
Lanciano is however better known for the “Campanelle di S. Egidio”, a terracotta-bell boyfriends give to their beloved one in a wicker basket to confirm their love (something like the Valentine’s day and roses or chocolate exchange).
Bells can be purchased during the night of the 31st of August and the 1st of September when Lanciano celebrates S. Egidio; the date signs the opening of the upcoming festivals during the month.
Historically speaking, visiting the historical town centre and the city wall is certainly something you can’t miss, although the religious side is the one really worth.
Four different churches are available: the most important is Santa Maria Maggiore (that is the most important in the whole Abruzzo region), followed by San Francesco, near the town hall (where the Eucharistic Miracle is preserved), to conclude with Sant’Agostino and San Nicola, both built in the XIV century.
What to see in Lanciano
- The ancient, majestic city walls (XI century)
- Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built in the XII century it is one of the most important churches in Abruzzo
- Church of Sant’Agostino (XIV century), with a fine bell-tower and precious stuccoed interior
- Church of San Nicola, with a chapel containing a fine cycle of XIV century fresco
- Church of San Francesco, near central Piazza Plebiscito. This is where the Eucharistic Miracle is preserved
- Townhall bell-tower, built in XVII-century
Further reading about
If you are interested in reading more about the Eucharistic Miracle, a complete web site is available here.
Map & car route to
We thought to make your life easier, and we have provided the itinerary from our Villa straight to Lanciano.
Remember all the week-ends in September offer great chances of fun, hence parking can be a nightmare. We would recommend to arrive not late than 19:00.