Discover the beauty of Abruzzo!
The villages of Abruzzo are authentic pearls of beauty. Silvi, Atri, Castelli and Scanno are only a few names. Numerous festivals take place here, including the prestigious Flaiano Festival dedicated to the cinema, the Jazz Festival and the Fuori Uso for those who love contemporary art.
Silvi Alta or Silvi Paese, a medieval village built on a hill, 250 meters above sea level, once a defense garrison against the Saracens, offers a spectacular view on the whole Central Adriatic, from Ancona to the the Tremiti Islands and Gran Sasso. The village was founded by fishermen, who moved from the coastal village “Macrinum” or “Silva” the nowadays Silvi Marina to the hill. Interesting for visitros is the Church of San Salvatore with a fine bell-tower, built around 1100. In early June, Silvi celebrates its patron Saint Leo. This feast is also called ‘Ciancialone’ and it is a giant bonfire of about 15 metres high. Every year, at the end of July, streets are full of people dressed as in the past.
The town was famous and powerful in antiquity and is today one of the most important historical, cultural and artistic centers in Abruzzo. The surrounding landscape is also impressive for the canyon-like “calanchi” , geological formations caused by the erosion of clayey soil and the partly-unexplored caves.
The most important monuments in Atri include the 13th century Duomo – the Cathederal of Santa Maria Assunta, which was built on the remains of an earlier Romanesque church, and the Palazzo Ducale, the palace of the Acquaviva’s which is built on the highest point of land in the city. Also visit the Baroque style Church of St Reparata (the patron saint of the city), designed by Giovanni Battista Gianni in 1741. On the front of the church there is a 14th century statue of the saint while inside is a wooden canopy, the work of local artist Carlo Riccioni, who made it between 1677 and 1690.
In Atri centre you can see the Palazzo dei Duchi D’Acquaviva, built in the 14th century on the site of a Roman cistern, then fully renovated in the 16th century. Among other important buildings is the Municipal Theater, a building known for its excellent acoustic qualities and reminiscent on the outside of “La Scala” in Milan and on the inside of the “Teatro San Carlo” in Naples. Among the most interesting museums in Atri is the Capitular Museum divided into several sections, with an area devoted to painting and including many substantial works.
Famous all over the world for the production of the ceramics, Castelli rises during the Carolingia age (IX-X sec.) with the phenomenon of the “incastellamento” (building castle) that characterizes the cities in the High Middle Ages. Majolica is the name given to pottery with clear colored glazes. Its defining characteristic is the tin glaze that gives these ceramics a brilliant white, opaque surface to paint on.
Known since pre-Roman times, in the XI century flourished under the influence of the Benedictine Abbey of San Salvatore, whose monks introduced the local population to ceramics. This art then achieved world stature from the XVI century onwards.
The village is famous for the production of the ceramics and still today it is possible to visit the numerous shops that characterize the entire center.
Not far from the village there’s the Church of Saint Donato in which is possible to admire splendid ceiling adorned with ceramics (‘600), maximum expression of the art of ceramics in Castelli.
The village, for its vicinity to Gran Sasso , is an ideal base of departure for excursions.
The Fortress of Civitella is the largest in Italy, the second in Europe after Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria. It is located on the top of a rocky cliff, being about 500 metres long and 45 metres wide, for a total surface of 25,000 square meters.
Civitella del Tronto is an ancient medieval village, which developed around a Bourbon fortress built during the Spanish domination between 1564 and 1576. The fortress was built on the northern border of the ancient Kingdom of two Sicilies at the boundaries with the Vatican State. Today Civitella is in the Abruzzi region, 15 km from Teramo and 18 km from Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region. The town offers landscapes of unparalleled beauty among the North-Eastern edge of the Monti della Laga and Monti dei Gemelli, in the natural Reserve of the Gole del Salinello.
Scanno is also classified as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. With the route from Sulmona passing through the very scenic Sagittarius Valley and past the peaceful Scanno Lake is among the highlights of a visit. Scanno Lake is the principal leisure attraction here, and you can hire boats and paddleboats, bring a picnic or just enjoy one of the small lake beaches.
Among the most important churches in Scanno is the church of Santa -Maria della Valle, built in the local Romanesque style and containing some medieval frescoes and impressive altar. There are also a myriad of small churches to visit. Scanno is an established tourist destination due to its folklore, culture, arts, churches and the way women dress.
Nature is without a doubt the main actor of this region and preserves intact its ancient beauty. The famous Gran Sasso National Parks and Majella and, for those who prefer the sea, the nearby Marine Protected Area Torre del Cerrano and the beautiful Trabocchi coast are must-see destinations for those on holiday at Abruzzo Marina.
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The trabocchi, are located on the Adriatic coast between the Italian cities of Ortona and Vasto comprising San Vito Chietino, Rocca San Giovanni, Fossacesia. In the summer they are open for visitors who are interested in how the trabocco was used to catch fish from the sea. The atmosphere is very romantic in the evening and some trabocchi offer a wonderful opportunity – to have dinner listening to the placid waves of the Adriatic Sea. www.costadeitrabocchi.net
Choose among rafting, kayak, trekking, mountain bike and adventurous parks to find yourself in close contact with nature and experience it in all its forms
An experienced skipper will head you in an unique experience among the coasts and a tourist guide will make you discover the beauties of the coast seen by the sea. Relax stops, baths, snorkeling and much joy!
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Who is keen on mountain biking does not have to miss the chance to explore a “hidden” spot of Abruzzo. Centro Visite Fiume Tirino di Bussi is a starting point for a variety of itineraries for all tastes and with different level of difficulty.
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