04 – Villalago (eng)


Villalago (La Vìlla in the local dialect) is a town in the province of L’Aquila with a population of 589. It is a member of the Comunità Montana Peligna, a local association of mountain municipalities, and the club Borghi più Belli d’Italia, which identifies and produces a guide on the country’s most scenic towns.

hermitage of San Domenico


Monuments and attractions:

hermitage of San Domenico
old municipal building


Celebrations and festivals:

  • January 21-22: Le Fanoglie (a festival during which bonfires are lit in various parts of town)
  • Easter Monday: Procession to the eremo di San Domenico
  • August 15: Re-enactment, in period costume, of a traditional Villalago marriage ceremony
  • August 21: Pilgrimage (a group of pilgrims walks 80 km from Fornelli, in the province of Isernia, to Villalago in honour of San Domenico)
  • August 21 and 22: Feast of San Domenico, who is the patron saint of Villalago as well as Cocullo
  • Second week in September: Feast of the Madonna Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows), which ends with an evening walk by torchlight followed by refreshments of wine and ciambelle, sweet round-shaped breads.
  • December 26: Underwater nativity scene in Lake San Domenico
hermitage of San Domenico
lake San Domenico
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