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Roccaraso

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It is one of the most important and popular ski resorts in Southern Italy, located in the Apennine area at about 1200 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount Roccalta. The village was founded around year 1000 and its economy was mainly based on agriculture. The first touristic developments were recorded in last years of the XIX century, coinciding with the opening of a rail link with Naples. For those that arrive in the area from Campania and Molise, Roccaraso is the gateway to the plateau of Cinquemiglia. The ski area is fully equipped with a modern cabin lift, eight chairlifts and twelve ski lifts that range over more than 60km of tracks and trails of various difficulties from the field slopes for school practicing to the important ones approved for national and international competitions.

Not to miss:
- the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the XVI century, but destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt from scratch in 1954. Of the original structure remains only a valuable masterpiece of Neapolitan goldsmith's art and the silver statue of St. Ippolito, donated in 1688 by Baron Donato Berardino Angeloni;
- the Church of San Rocco, built in 1656 by the inhabitants of Roccaraso to thank the patron saint, who protected them form from a terrible plague epidemic of the time. It s also the only building that escaped the destructive fury of World War II;
- the Church of San Bernardino, built where, according to traditions, the Saint sheltered during one of his journeys;
- the Theater, another masterpiece which was destroyed during the bombing of WWII. It was created in 1698 by Donato Berardino Angeloni and it was one of the oldest in Italy.

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