History and Architecture

Valle Piola 18History

The first written document mentioning Valle Piola dates back to the year 1059.

In the years following 1152 the mountain areas of the region lost population as people made their way to the much larger city of Teramo.

From the 13th century until the time of the Italian Risorgimento (unification), Valle Piola served as a meeting center and hideout for armed brigands, this area being ideally suited for such purposes.

During the Second World War, the Italian resistance fighters staged in this area, along with Bosco Martese and other nearby forest tracts of Monti della Laga in their struggles against the occupying German forces.

Currently Valle Piola is a deserted village having been abandoned in 1977.

Architecture

Two of the structures in Valle Piola are equipped with a wooden balcony known as a ”gafio”. One is the house of the Menghini family located on the town outskirts. A second is found in the old town center. These outstanding architectonical elements testify to the Longobard influence throughout the Monti della Laga territories. It is worth mentioning the presence of the bearing wall, characterized by the absence of plaster