By George, Dragon Spotting in Abruzzo

If you’re a fan of dragons or mythical and fantastic beasts, there are some great examples to be discovered in Abruzzo that don’t just rely upon the mythical sword skills of the Turkish St George and his dragon story.

The Church of Leucio, Atessa (CH)

Atessa Dragon's Rib

A  visit to this church could be entertaining for children who have always wanted to see a dragon’s rib!

The church of  Leucio in Atessa is the only  Italian church that holds a 2-metre dragon’s bone as a relic, originally it held a phial of its blood too!

An expert dragon slayer, The Bishop of Leucio arrived from Brindisi where he had just obliged its citizens with the removal of their dragon.  He went down to the swamp outside what was then 2 villages and fed the dragon for 3 days, when the dragon could barely move from being so full, he chained him up and killed him. He drained the blood that was later used by the community as a healing potion.

 It is believed that the still unidentified bone was probably found in the Majella National Park, the site of many other fossil discoveries over the years.


San Pietro di Coppito, L’Aquila (AQ)

San Pietro di Coppito, L'Aquila

The Quadrato Magico, S. Lucia in Magliano dei Marsi (AQ)

S. Lucia in Magliano dei Marsi.

San Giovanni ad Insulam,  Isola Gran Sasso (TE)

Dragon - San Giovanni ad Insulam

Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta (AQ)

Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta

The Tower, Fontecchio (AQ)


San Liberatore a Maiella, Serramonacesca (PE)

San Pietro portal ad oratorium, Capestrano (AQ)


Photo Credits:  Facebook LifeInAbruzzo GroupPeter Austin,  Janet Brady | Valerio Ivomontanaro


Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 11 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter and EFL teacher - she is the founder of English in the Woods. She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo. She is currently writing the book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food.

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