MORE THAN JUST BEACH
The Abruzzo coastline faces eastwards while inland lie the enchanting Apennine mountains. This strong yet kind region offers tourists endless interesting opportunities.
From the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park, over rolling hills covered with olive trees and vineyards, you reach the fine sandy beaches of the Adriatic sea, and, of course, the city of Giulianova.
The interior part of the region is rich in history and culture, and can be easily explored on a short trip by car.
Giulianova Alta (the historical town centre)
In 290 b.c. the Romans settled a colony called Castrum Novum, now Giulianova, at the mouth of the Tordino River.
Must sees: St.Flaviano Church, the Library, the V.Bindi Art Gallery and the house- museum of painter Vincenzo Cermignani, located just under the Belvedere. The Archeological Museum inside the “Il Bianco” Tower, the Sanctuary of the Madonna dello Splendore, the Via Crucis and the nearby Museum dello Splendore.
Important events: the street market (BEACH TOWN) takes place every Thursday morning.
The city of Teramo, 25 Km from Giulianova and 265 mt above sea level, is the capital city of the Province of Teramo. Once known as Interamnia (Latin for “the city between two rivers”), it offers interesting historical and religious routes.
Must sees: the symbols of the city, namely the Cathedral also known as St. Berardo’s Church, built in 1158; the Roman Theatre and Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, dating back to 1153.
Important events: the Coppa Interamnia in July(International Handball Competition).
Located just 45 km from Giulianova on the hills of the province of Teramo, along the border with the Marche region, Campli is a historical and religious place of interest which reached its maximum splendour under the Farnese family rule.
Must sees: the XIV century Palazzo Comunale, the St Francesco d’Assisi Church, Palazzo Farnese and St Paul’s Church with the Holy stairs, unique in their genre.
Important events: the street festival of la Porchetta (roast sucking pig) in July and August – Campli Blues.
Located 54 km from Giulianova, at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountain, this charming village is well known all over the world for its production of artistic ceramics.
Must sees: the Civic Museum of Ceramics, St. Donato’s Church, the Art School which houses the ceramic nativity display.
Important events: The fair, Botteghe Aperte (Open Workshops) in July and August.
Civitella del Tronto
Located 27 km from Giulianova, on top of a rocky spur, the city of Civitella del Tronto is an example of a Bourbon fortress. The French before and the Spanish after laid siege to the Fortress of Civitella del Tronto, which still preserves the ancient walls of the Castle, enclosing the Weapons Museum.
Important events: Sagra delle Ceppe (the handmade pasta street festival) in August.
The Sanctuary of St. Gabriel
The Sanctuary of St. Gabriel is located at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountain, 55 km from Giulianova. Born Francesco Possenti (Assisi 1838 – Spoleto 1856), St. Gabriel is well known as the patron saint of Youth people, the saint of miracles and the smiling saint.
Must sees: the Votive and Iconographic Museum of the Saint, the Contemporary Sacred Art Museum, the permanent exhibition of the Shroud and the Library. Info 0861/976145.