VILLAGES AND FORTRESSES OF THE ABRUZZO REGION
BETWEEN HISTORY, CULTURE AND ANCIENT TRADITIONS
The Fortress of Civitella del Tronto
La Fortezza di Civitella del Tronto, oggi sede di importanti eventi musicali, culturali ed enograstronomici, è sicuramente una delle mete principali da visitare. Situata a pochi chilometri dall’Hotel Sporting di Alba Adriatica e facilmente raggiungibile in auto, la Fortezza ha rappresentato l’ultimo disperato baluardo dei Borbone di Napoli e del Regno delle Due Sicilie all’avanzata dell’esercito piemontese.
Situated at the foot of Mount Camicia, in the Gran Sasso-Laga Park, Castelli is called the 'Land of Ceramics' precisely because it is known throughout the world for its fine ceramics produced from the 17th-18th centuries.
Every year, from the last Sunday in July to the first Sunday in September, the famous 'Agosto a Castelli' (August in Castelli) handicrafts market is held, an event that attracts many tourists to the village. The peculiarity of this event is that it ends each time with the throwing of plates.
The village of Campli is a true blend of art, history, culture, tradition and religious worship. Definitely worth a visit are the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Platea (14th century), the Church of San Francesco with adjoining convent and its Archaeological Museum, the 15th-century Convent of San Bernardino to the Church dedicated to the Madonna della Misericordia, and finally the Church of San Paolo with the nearby Scala Santa (Holy Staircase). The historical centre of the village of Campli offers fine examples of medieval and Renaissance civil architecture.
The village of Atri is an enchanting place of art on the Teramo coast with very ancient origins (7th-5th century B.C.). Its main characteristic are its numerous monuments and historical buildings, churches, museums and suggestive views. The landscape of the surrounding hills is particularly spectacular thanks to the Calanchi, true 'natural sculptures' born from the clay soil. Worth visiting are the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its adjoining museum, the Bishop's Palace and the Seminary, the Municipal Theatre also known as the 'bomboniera' and the majestic Palazzo Ducale degli Acquaviva.