Comune di Roccaraso

January 2007

Location of Roccaraso in Italy

Coordinates: 41°51′4″N 14°4′45″E / 41.85111°N 14.07917°E / 41.85111; 14.07917Coordinates: 41°51′4″N 14°4′45″E / 41.85111°N 14.07917°E / 41.85111; 14.07917
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Aremogna, Pietransieri
  Total 50.00 km2 (19.31 sq mi)
Elevation 1,236 m (4,055 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
  Total 1,672
  Density 33/km2 (87/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Roccolani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67037
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint Sant'Ippolito
Saint day 13 August
Website Official website

Roccaraso is a town and comune in central Italy, of the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region.


Roccaraso dates from around the year 1000 AD, and is located near the near the Rasinus stream, from which some believe it took its name, Rasin Rocca. It developed as a farming village, pastoral and craft, allowing its people a peaceful and prosperous life.

The late nineteenth century, the opening of the rail link with Naples begins to bring the first tourists, attracted by the beauty of the natural environment, welcomed the various hotels that at that time were beginning to rise. A sharp setback came with the Second World War. Roccaraso was located right on the head of the Gustav line, the system of fortifications with which the Germans tried to stop the advance of the Allies after the landing at Salerno in September 1943. The town was completely destroyed by the bombing, which caused the loss of inter alia, a theater built in 1698, one of the oldest in Italy. The roccolani not lose heart; at the end of the war the country slowly back to life, to return to being one of the most popular tourist centers.

Roccaraso is among the cities decorated for Valor for the War of Liberation that has been awarded the Gold Medal for Valor for the sacrifices of its people (which culminated in the massacre of Pietransieri) and its activities in the partisan struggle during the Second World War.

Main sights

Ski resort Roccaraso

Black Pist Ski in Roccaraso (M. Aremogna)

The ski resort of Roccaraso is structured around the Mountains of Roccaraso, subgroup of Mont Greek (2,283 m (7,490 ft), the Piano Aremogna and Pizzalto, connected directly to the plants of Rivisondoli-Monte Pratello (2,012 m (6,600 ft)), the heart of the largest ski area central and southern Italy, the area Alto Sangro, including around 160 km (100 mi) of downhill slopes and 36 lifts.

The first ski race was held in 1910 and the first ski lift was slittovia Monte Zurrone built in 1936. Annually held numerous competitions also internationally. In March 2005, Roccaraso hosted the men's and women's finals of the European Cup, and the World Junior Championships in 2012. The participants, representing dozens of countries from all five continents, contended areas laurels of victory. But only eleven teams were able to savor the joy of the podium. In particular, Norway has dominated the race winning well 4 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze. Italy has had to settle for a silver medal obtained in the team event, the parallel team played on the Gran track Pizzalto, where blue colors were represented by Alex Zingerle, Giordano Ronci, and Pichler.

Notes and references

  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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