Manoppello is situated in Pescara district, in Abruzzo. Is part of the mountain community of Maiella and Morrone, and has an ancient origin and long agricultural tradition.
There are many archaeological finds from Roman times that have been found in the area, now they are kept in the National Museum of Abruzzo. In Manoppello now you can visit the archaeological excavation with the Roman villa in S. Maria Arabona. The villa dates back to the first century BC, and you can see the beautiful mosaic floors, the watershed that served as private baths and part of the columns.
The village is known for the Holy Face of Manoppello, kept in the homonymous basilica. It is a veil imprinted with the image of Christ that a pilgrim brought in the village in 1500. Since then it is kept in Manoppello and was later transferred to the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Face which dates back to 1620 and is a pilgrimage site. Its facade and bell tower have the characteristic red bricks with white decorative elements, typical of many buildings in Abruzzo.
The Church of Santa Maria Arabona dates back to the eighteenth century. Built on an earlier Roman temple, of which there are still some tracks, like the Latin inscriptions on some columns, the church has Gothic elements especially regarding the tabernacle and the magnificent chandelier of the paschal candle. The latter, rich in symbols is formed by a central column and 12 upper columns, representing Jesus and the apostles. The church also houses beautiful paintings dating back to the 300 representing the Virgin and the Crucifixion.
In Manoppello, Charminly offers you the possibility to stay in a beautiful Charming Agritourism, and in other destinations the possibility to stay in Charming Hotels, Charming B&B and Albergo Diffuso.