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Loreto Aprutino
 The picturesque town of Loreto Aprutino is situated on a hill along the Valley of Tavo and spreads out like a scene from a medieval nativity play. Loreto Aprutino's economy is based on the production of olive oil. The name of this town comes from the word "Lauro" for the many laurel varieties found in the surrounding area during the Roman period. Loreto Aprutino was occupied by the Romans who then destroyed it. The town developed around a castle and an abbey, built around the 11th century by the Benedictine monks. The town underwent a period of political development in the 11th century with the institution of the county by the Normans. Its controlling powers grew with the Swabians and Angevins up to the 14th century when the town was governed by a succession of landowners, which lasted until the abolition of the feudal system. Some of the more important landowners were: d’Aquino, d’Afflitto, d’Avalos, Caracciolo, Margherita d’Asburgo, Farnese, Alessandro de’ Medici. In the Risorgimento, instead, Loreto was an important coal mining centre.


Il Bue di San Zopito (Monday of Pentecoste)
Loreto Aprutino  (PE) - Very special procession opened by a white ox. The animal is carefully decorated: many different coloured ribbons are hung from the horns, a red mantle with the images of Sant’Antonio Abate and San Zopito is draped over its back. The ox is ridden by a child wearing a white robe and adorned with precious objects; the small child wears a garland of flowers and holds a small umbrella. The ox is proceeded by a piper and after following the path of the procession is led along the streets of the town. This occurrence is held to commemorate a legend dating back to 1700, according to which, a farmer did not stop working during a procession while his ox, in protest, knelt down.

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