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Abruzzo Information
Location of Abruzzo
Area: 10,794 km²
Population: 1.3 million
Density: 122/km²
Capital: L'Aquila

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Chieti
    • Altino
      Archi
      Ari
      Arielli
      Atessa
      Bomba
      Borrello
      Bucchianico
      Canosa Sannita
      Carpineto Sinello
      Carunchio
      Casacanditella
      Casalanguida
      Casalbordino
      Casalincontrada
      Casoli
      Castel Frentano
      Castelguidone
      Castiglione Messer Marino
      Celenza Sul Trigno
      Chieti
      Civitaluparella
      Civitella Messer Raimondo
      Colledimacine
      Colledimezzo
      Crecchio
      Cupello
      Dogliola
      Fallo
      Fara Filiorum Petri
      Fara San Martino
      Filetto
      Fossacesia
      Fraine
      Francavilla al Mare
      Fresagrandinaria
      Frisa
      Furci
      Gamberale
      Gessopalena
      Gissi
      Giuliano Teatino
      Guardiagrele
      Guilmi
      Lama dei Peligni
      Lanciano
      Lentella
      Lettopalena
      Liscia
      Miglianico
      Montazzoli
      Montebello sul Sangro
      Monteferrante
      Montelapiano
      Montenerodomo
      Monteodorisio
      Mozzagrogna
      Orsogna
      Ortona
      Paglieta
      Palena
      Palmoli
      Palombaro
      Pennadomo
      Pennapiedimonte
      Perano
      Pietraferrazzana
      Pizzoferrato
      Poggiofiorito
      Pollutri
      Pretoro
      Quadri
      Rapino
      Ripa Teatina
      Roccamontepiano
      Rocca San Giovanni
      Roccascalegna
      Roccaspinalveti
      Roio del Sangro
      Rosello
      San Buono
      San Giovanni Lipioni
      San Giovanni Teatino
      San Martino sulla Marrucina
      San Salvo
      Santa Maria Imbaro
      Sant'Eusanio del Sangro
      San Vito Chietino
      Scerni
      Schiavi d'Abruzzo
      Taranta Peligna
      Tollo
      Torino di Sangro
      Tornareccio
      Torrebruna
      Torrevecchia Teatina
      Torricella Peligna
      Treglio
      Tufillo
      Vacri
      Vasto
      Villalfonsina
      Villamagna
      Villa Santa Maria

  • L'Aquila
    • Acciano
      Aielli
      Alfedena
      Anversa degli Abruzzi
      Aragno
      Assergi
      Ateleta
      Avezzano
      Balsorano
      Barete
      Barisciano
      Barrea
      Bisegna
      Bominaco
      Bugnara
      Cagnano Amiterno
      Calascio
      Campo di Giove
      Campotosto
      Canistro
      Cansano
      Capestrano
      Capistrello
      Capitignano
      Caporciano
      Cappadocia
      Carapelle Calvisio
      Carsoli
      Castel del Monte
      Castel di leri
      Castel di Sangro
      Castellafiume
      Castelvecchio Calvisio
      Castelvecchio Subequo
      Celano
      Cerchio
      Civita d'Antino
      Civitella Alfedena
      Civitella Roveto
      Cocullo
      Collarmele
      Collelongo
      Collepietro
      Corfinio
      Fagnano Alto
      Fontecchio
      Fossa
      Gagliano Aterno
      Gioia dei Marsi
      Goriano Sicoli
      Introdacqua
      L'Aquila
      Lecce nei Marsi
      Luco dei Marsi
      Lucoli
      Magliano de' Marsi
      Massa d'Albe
      Molina Aterno
      Montereale
      Morino
      Navelli
      Ocre
      Ofena
      Opi
      Oricola
      Ortona dei Marsi
      Ortucchio
      Ovindoli
      Pacentro
      Paganica
      Pereto
      Pescasseroli
      Pescina
      Pescocostanzo
      Pettorano sul Gizio
      Pizzoli
      Poggio Picenze
      Prata d'Ansidonia
      Pratola Peligna
      Prezza
      Raiano
      Rivisondoli
      Roccacasale
      Rocca di Botte
      Rocca di Cambio
      Rocca Di Mezzo
      Rocca Pia
      Roccaraso
      San Benedetto dei Marsi
      San Benedetto in Perillis
      San Demetrio ne' Vestini
      San Pio delle Camere
      Sante Marie
      Sant'Eusanio Forconese
      Santo Stefano di Sessanio
      San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
      Scanno
      Scontrone
      Scoppito
      Scurcola Marsicana
      Secinaro
      Sulmona
      Tagliacozzo
      Tione Degli Abruzzi
      Tornimparte
      Trasacco
      Villalago
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Sant'Angelo
      Villavallelonga
      Villetta Barrea
      Vittorito

  • Pescara
    • Abbateggio
      Alanno
      Bolognano
      Brittoli
      Bussi sul Tirino
      Cappelle sul Tavo
      Caramanico Terme
      Carpineto della Nora
      Castiglione a Casauria
      Catignano
      Cepagatti
      Città Sant'Angelo
      Civitaquana
      Civitella Casanova
      Collecorvino
      Corvara
      Cugnoli
      Elice
      Farindola
      Lettomanoppello
      Loreto Aprutino
      Manoppello
      Montebello di Bertona
      Montesilvano
      Moscufo
      Nocciano
      Penne
      Pescara
      Pescosansonesco
      Pianella
      Picciano
      Pietranico
      Popoli
      Roccamorice
      Rosciano
      Salle
      Sant'Eufemia a Maiella
      San Valentino in
      Abruzzo Citeriore
      Scafa
      Serramonacesca
      Spoltore
      Tocco da Casauria
      Torre de' Passeri
      Turrivalignani
      Vicoli
      Villa Celiera

  • Teramo
    • Alba Adriatica
      Ancarano
      Arsita
      Atri
      Basciano
      Bellante
      Bisenti
      Campli
      Canzano
      Castel Castagna
      Castellalto
      Castelli
      Castiglione Messer Raimondo
      Castilenti
      Cellino Attanasio
      Cermignano
      Civitella del Tronto
      Colledara
      Colonnella
      Controguerra
      Corropoli
      Cortino
      Crognaleto
      Fano Adriano
      Giulianova
      Isola del Gran Sasso d'ltalia
      Martinsicuro
      Montefino
      Montorio al Vomano
      Morro d'Oro
      Mosciano Sant'Angelo
      Nereto
      Notaresco
      Penna Sant'Andrea
      Pietracamela
      Pineto
      Rocca Santa Maria
      Roseto Degli Abruzzi
      Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata
      Sant'Omero
      Silvi Marina
      Teramo
      Torano Nuovo
      Torricella Sicura
      Tortoreto
      Tossicia
      Valle Castellana
      Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro

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Chieti Province, Abruzzo
Montelapiano, province of Chieti - Photo: Zitumassin
The province of Chieti covers an area of 2,588 sq.km and borders the provinces of L'Aquila to the west, Pescara to the north west, the region of Molise to the south and the Adriatic sea to the north east.

Chieti Province
Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Chieti is largely a hilly and mountainous province containing a large part of the Maiella mountain range which forms one of the higher sections of the Appenines. A major portion of the Maiella National Park runs through the province and contains some spectacular scenery and wildlife. The whole area is heavily wooded and interspersed with rivers, creeks and deep valleys. The northern part of the area is sparse, desolate and uninhabited, whereas the southern portion flattens slightly to become more rounded and softer with many small villages dotted on the hills and along the valleys. The majority of the population, over 75%, live along the Adriatic coastal strip.

Chieti Province
A view of the Majella National Park

The coastline has a mixture of sand or pebble beaches backed by high, rocky cliffs. It is known as the Costa dei Trabocchi due to the number of wooden constructions, called trabocchi, running along its length. These trabocchi are traditional fishing structures which date back to the 18th century and consist of a complicated system of nets, ropes and winches all supported by a wooden platform which also supports a wooden hut.

Chieti Province
A trabocco - Photo: Zitumassin

Chieti
The city of Chieti is the capital of the province of Chieti and lies 200 km north east of Rome. It is one of the oldest cities in Italy and according to mythology it was founded in the year 1181 BC by Achilles. Set in a slightly elevated position above the Pescara river it runs parallel to and is only a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast and has a stunning backdrop of the Maeilla and Gran Sasso mountains. The city was declared an open city during World War II which thankfully prevented it from being bombed by either side.

The highest part of the city is the old, historical centre whist the lower slopes contain the new town and the University. The University of Chieti is based in both Chieti and the city of Pescara. The original gothic cathedral, San Giustino, was rebuilt in 1069 and again in the 14th century when an enlarged bell tower was added. After being damaged by several earthquakes it was once more rebuilt in its current Baroque style in the late 17th century. Other interesting churches and religious building are the Oratory of Sacro Monte dei Morti and the churches of San Francesco al Corso (1239) and Santa Chiara.

Chieti Province
Chieti - Bell Tower - Photo: Ra Boe

The city has several very good and interesting musuems:

  • Villa Frigerj - the National Archaeological Musuem of the Abruzzi.
  • La Civitella - Archaeological Museum.
  • Biomedical Science Museum.

There are also two art musuems, Costantino Barbella and Palazzo de Mayo.

Vasto
Vasto is the second largest town in the province of Chieti and, like the city of Chieti, is also an ancient town with mythology stating that it was founded by the Greek hero Diomedes. The earliest archaeological evidence of settlement in the town dates back to 1300 BC.

Chieti Province
Vasto - Piazza Rosetti - Photo: Goldmund 100

The town is split into two separate sections, the actual town of Vasto which is about 6km inland and Vasto Marina which is a new residential coastal resort and a popular destinations for summer holidays. The actual town of Vasto was once a surrounded by walls and the remains of these can still be seen. It has a Centro Storico (historical centre) containing the 18th century Cathedral of San Guiseppe and the D'Avalos Palace. In Piazza Rossetti there is Castello Caldoresco which was once a private residence. Every summer this town hosts students from Harvard University for an intensive Italian language course.

Other towns and villages with points of interest are:

Borrello
The location of the highest waterfalls in the Apennines, Cascate del Rio Verde.

Chieti Province
Cascate del Rio Verde - Photo: Mario Forgione

Civitella Messer Raimondo
This village has a medieval castle which originally belonged to the Baglioni family and the Palazzo Gattone. Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore (church of the Holy Savior) 13th century.

Crecchio
Medieval village dominated by its 12th century castle containing a Etruscan and Byzantine museum

Guardiagrele
Lying in the foothills of the centre of the maiella national park, Guardiagrele has enviable views over some of the best of the countryside in Abruzzo. It part of the Borghi più belli d'Italia (most beautiful villages in Italy. The old watchtower (guardia), from which the name of the town is derived, is still relatively intact.

Guardiagrele has several churches, the largest of which is Santa Maria Maggiore which has a superb gothic portal.

There are several interesting musuems:

  • Museo Civico (Civic Museum)
  • Museo del Costume e della Tradizione della Nostra Gente (Costume and Folklore Museum)
  • Museo del Duomo (Cathedral Museum)
  • Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum)

Lanciano
This town is situated on a hill about 265 metres above sea level and there is evidence that the town was populated several thousand years Before Christ. Lanciano is famous for having been the location of a miracle in the eight century. A monk who was questioning the existence of Jesus Christ was saying the words of consecration at Mass when the bread and wine changed into flesh and blood. It has been certified by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle and is now well known as The Miracle of Lanciano. The town has a Cathedral, Santa Maria del Ponte (St. Mary of the Bridge), so named because it was built along a precipice and was supported by a bridge. Built in 1619 it has an 8th century Byzantine statue of the Madonna.

Chieti Province
Lanciano - Photo: Luca Aless

As well as the cathedral there are several important and interesting churches:

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore - built in 1227 in the Bourgogne-Cistercian style but updated to the Baroque style in 1540. This church is one of the most important architectural buildings in Abruzzo.
  • Chiesa di San Francesco - built in 1258 built over the remains of a 7th century church. The high altar houses the relics of The Miracle of Lanciano.
  • Chiesa di Sant'Agostino - built in 1270 it still has its original rose window and gate but the interior has been restored in the Baroque style.
  • Chiesa di San Biagio - built in the 11th century this is the oldest church in Lanciano. It has a bell tower and on the 3rd February every year it is opened for the Catholic rite of the anointing of the throat which is linked to Saint Biagio.

Other places of interest in Lanciano are:

  • Torri Montanare - part of the 11th century walls these two large towers provide a panoramic view of the area.
  • Porta San Biagio - there were originally nine of these 11th century gates but this is now the only one remaining.
  • Torre civica - a 19th century clock tower.
  • Botteghe Medievali - a two storey house built in 1434 which today has antique shops on the ground floor.

Chieti Province
Lanciano - Torri Montanare - Photo: Olivier Jules

San Giovanni Lipioni
This village is set on a hillside on the southern border of the province of Chieti and has an interesting historical centre which still retians many of its old, original houses. It is a maze of narrow streets, alleys and steps with a pedestrianised main square called Piazza Largo del Popolo. There are 200 steps leading up from this piazza and at the top is the 17th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Just on the outskirts of the village there is a newly renovated small chapel called Santa Liberata which is surrounded by pine woods and mountains and has wonderful views of the olive groves and vineyards below. Close by there is a large, imposing, ancient oak tree called 'Quercia di Lozzi'.

Other than the ones mentioned above there are a few coastal resorts on the Adriatic coast:

  • Ortona - several very pleasant beaches
  • Francavilla al Mare - seaside resort and cultural centre
  • San Salvo Marina - long, sandy beaches and shallow water.

Chieti Province
Ortona beach - Photo: Ra Boe

Food & Drink
The whole of the province of Chieti is extensively cultivated with olive trees and vines and produces highly regarded extra virgin olive oil and wine such as the red Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.

The food in this region is fairly rich and varied, with sources of fish from the sea and wild boar, lamb and goat from the mountains. All dishes are cooked with lashings of local olive oil and tomatoes. One famous local dish is called 'turcenelle' and consists of the entrails of kid which are stewed and mixed with a rich tomato sauce and hot red peppers. For those with strong stomachs this could be followed by a chunk of the famous sweet from the province, 'sanguinaccio alla chietina'. This is made from filtered pork blood, cinnamon, must, chocolate and pine nuts.

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Abruzzo Information
Location of Abruzzo
Area: 10,794 km²
Population: 1.3 million
Density: 122/km²
Capital: L'Aquila

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Chieti
    • Altino
      Archi
      Ari
      Arielli
      Atessa
      Bomba
      Borrello
      Bucchianico
      Canosa Sannita
      Carpineto Sinello
      Carunchio
      Casacanditella
      Casalanguida
      Casalbordino
      Casalincontrada
      Casoli
      Castel Frentano
      Castelguidone
      Castiglione Messer Marino
      Celenza Sul Trigno
      Chieti
      Civitaluparella
      Civitella Messer Raimondo
      Colledimacine
      Colledimezzo
      Crecchio
      Cupello
      Dogliola
      Fallo
      Fara Filiorum Petri
      Fara San Martino
      Filetto
      Fossacesia
      Fraine
      Francavilla al Mare
      Fresagrandinaria
      Frisa
      Furci
      Gamberale
      Gessopalena
      Gissi
      Giuliano Teatino
      Guardiagrele
      Guilmi
      Lama dei Peligni
      Lanciano
      Lentella
      Lettopalena
      Liscia
      Miglianico
      Montazzoli
      Montebello sul Sangro
      Monteferrante
      Montelapiano
      Montenerodomo
      Monteodorisio
      Mozzagrogna
      Orsogna
      Ortona
      Paglieta
      Palena
      Palmoli
      Palombaro
      Pennadomo
      Pennapiedimonte
      Perano
      Pietraferrazzana
      Pizzoferrato
      Poggiofiorito
      Pollutri
      Pretoro
      Quadri
      Rapino
      Ripa Teatina
      Roccamontepiano
      Rocca San Giovanni
      Roccascalegna
      Roccaspinalveti
      Roio del Sangro
      Rosello
      San Buono
      San Giovanni Lipioni
      San Giovanni Teatino
      San Martino sulla Marrucina
      San Salvo
      Santa Maria Imbaro
      Sant'Eusanio del Sangro
      San Vito Chietino
      Scerni
      Schiavi d'Abruzzo
      Taranta Peligna
      Tollo
      Torino di Sangro
      Tornareccio
      Torrebruna
      Torrevecchia Teatina
      Torricella Peligna
      Treglio
      Tufillo
      Vacri
      Vasto
      Villalfonsina
      Villamagna
      Villa Santa Maria

  • L'Aquila
    • Acciano
      Aielli
      Alfedena
      Anversa degli Abruzzi
      Aragno
      Assergi
      Ateleta
      Avezzano
      Balsorano
      Barete
      Barisciano
      Barrea
      Bisegna
      Bominaco
      Bugnara
      Cagnano Amiterno
      Calascio
      Campo di Giove
      Campotosto
      Canistro
      Cansano
      Capestrano
      Capistrello
      Capitignano
      Caporciano
      Cappadocia
      Carapelle Calvisio
      Carsoli
      Castel del Monte
      Castel di leri
      Castel di Sangro
      Castellafiume
      Castelvecchio Calvisio
      Castelvecchio Subequo
      Celano
      Cerchio
      Civita d'Antino
      Civitella Alfedena
      Civitella Roveto
      Cocullo
      Collarmele
      Collelongo
      Collepietro
      Corfinio
      Fagnano Alto
      Fontecchio
      Fossa
      Gagliano Aterno
      Gioia dei Marsi
      Goriano Sicoli
      Introdacqua
      L'Aquila
      Lecce nei Marsi
      Luco dei Marsi
      Lucoli
      Magliano de' Marsi
      Massa d'Albe
      Molina Aterno
      Montereale
      Morino
      Navelli
      Ocre
      Ofena
      Opi
      Oricola
      Ortona dei Marsi
      Ortucchio
      Ovindoli
      Pacentro
      Paganica
      Pereto
      Pescasseroli
      Pescina
      Pescocostanzo
      Pettorano sul Gizio
      Pizzoli
      Poggio Picenze
      Prata d'Ansidonia
      Pratola Peligna
      Prezza
      Raiano
      Rivisondoli
      Roccacasale
      Rocca di Botte
      Rocca di Cambio
      Rocca Di Mezzo
      Rocca Pia
      Roccaraso
      San Benedetto dei Marsi
      San Benedetto in Perillis
      San Demetrio ne' Vestini
      San Pio delle Camere
      Sante Marie
      Sant'Eusanio Forconese
      Santo Stefano di Sessanio
      San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
      Scanno
      Scontrone
      Scoppito
      Scurcola Marsicana
      Secinaro
      Sulmona
      Tagliacozzo
      Tione Degli Abruzzi
      Tornimparte
      Trasacco
      Villalago
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Sant'Angelo
      Villavallelonga
      Villetta Barrea
      Vittorito

  • Pescara
    • Abbateggio
      Alanno
      Bolognano
      Brittoli
      Bussi sul Tirino
      Cappelle sul Tavo
      Caramanico Terme
      Carpineto della Nora
      Castiglione a Casauria
      Catignano
      Cepagatti
      Città Sant'Angelo
      Civitaquana
      Civitella Casanova
      Collecorvino
      Corvara
      Cugnoli
      Elice
      Farindola
      Lettomanoppello
      Loreto Aprutino
      Manoppello
      Montebello di Bertona
      Montesilvano
      Moscufo
      Nocciano
      Penne
      Pescara
      Pescosansonesco
      Pianella
      Picciano
      Pietranico
      Popoli
      Roccamorice
      Rosciano
      Salle
      Sant'Eufemia a Maiella
      San Valentino in
      Abruzzo Citeriore
      Scafa
      Serramonacesca
      Spoltore
      Tocco da Casauria
      Torre de' Passeri
      Turrivalignani
      Vicoli
      Villa Celiera

  • Teramo
    • Alba Adriatica
      Ancarano
      Arsita
      Atri
      Basciano
      Bellante
      Bisenti
      Campli
      Canzano
      Castel Castagna
      Castellalto
      Castelli
      Castiglione Messer Raimondo
      Castilenti
      Cellino Attanasio
      Cermignano
      Civitella del Tronto
      Colledara
      Colonnella
      Controguerra
      Corropoli
      Cortino
      Crognaleto
      Fano Adriano
      Giulianova
      Isola del Gran Sasso d'ltalia
      Martinsicuro
      Montefino
      Montorio al Vomano
      Morro d'Oro
      Mosciano Sant'Angelo
      Nereto
      Notaresco
      Penna Sant'Andrea
      Pietracamela
      Pineto
      Rocca Santa Maria
      Roseto Degli Abruzzi
      Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata
      Sant'Omero
      Silvi Marina
      Teramo
      Torano Nuovo
      Torricella Sicura
      Tortoreto
      Tossicia
      Valle Castellana
      Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro

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