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itinerary Aprutino

The long and bright Viale della Rivierais the most beautiful road that connects Pescara to the modern tourist town of Montesilvano. On the one hand the wide road is a succession of bright colored beach resorts crowded during the summer season while the other side lies a green and shady pine forest that hides the first houses of the densely built-up area. At the end of Viale rise numerous and well equipped hotels, serving places for tourists to this joyous piece of Adriatic coast. Visit now the Church of St. Anthony, I admire the three-nave interior with stained glass windows and a modern tower nearby. The old part of town called Montesilvano Colle, lies precisely on a hill overlooking the sea where there are two churches: one is the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in the Romanesque style with a fresco of the Madonna and Child the other is the church of San Michele with its Renaissance portal and three naves. To good effect are the lines of the baroque palace Delfico structure that we encounter in the city center.Of course, being a seaside resort, the preferred food dishes washed down with the good fish from Trebbiano product area.

Proceed over the Saline River, continuing our journey on the gentle slopes and fertile valley until you reach the city in centuries of ancient Rome was called Angulum. Later it became the Castrum Sancti Angeli destroyed by Emperor Frederick II for his loyalty to the Pope today is Città Sant'Angelo, a beautiful place where you can enjoy a wide panorama that sweeps from the sea to the mountains. Here are places to visit there for sure: there arise beautiful churches rich in history and art, as witnessed by the style of their structures and precious furniture. The first church that we encounter is that of the Madonna della Pace, the sixteenth century and with artistic frescoes preserved in its interior to a single aisle. After a short drive admire the church of St. Anthony, a nave, with interesting interior all in very baroque style. And now appear to us as soon as we enter the course, the imposing Church of San Michele in 1300 also known as "collegiate."Are fascinated, outside we see two sides to elegant portico with a central portal and then a fine large bell of 1400, typical of other churches in Abruzzo, in the place of worship are revealed rich Baroque altars, paintings, carvings, wonderful statue of the saint and a chapel dome just behind the main altar. Yet many churches are worth visiting, including that of St. Francis of the thirteenth century and the fourteenth-century Church of St. Augustine, both with attractive baroque interior. So the Church of Santa Chiara, which houses a painting of the Nativity. " For the part of folklore, in Città Sant'Angelo, in August, there are the celebrations in honor of San Rocco and soon after, in September, the festivities take place with the fun parade of floats and a tasty feast of ' grapes. While on Christmas night let's not forget the charming living crib represented in the city.

Now we move decisively to the north, along the valley of the river Tavo up to, including long stretches of olive groves at the foot of a hill on which stands a very interesting and pleasant town, with houses built in overlapping rows to mo 'cascade It is Loreto Aprutino. Its origins are very ancient, we have news of the Roman Empire at the time when Silla invaded the town of Penne. Later had its peak in the Middle Ages, but then suffered in subsequent centuries the domain of the various lords of the day. One of the most famous churches of Loreto Aprutino is that of St. Peter, linked to the religious tradition of the famous festival of San Zopito which takes place on Whit Monday. In this day and adorned with a white bull ridden by a child, goes to the threshold of the church of San Pietro, preceded by a piper. The baby is dressed in white, covered with bracelets and gold chains and holding a red carnation in his mouth, while the blue umbrella shelters the head.Once in the building, the sacred animal is made to kneel in front of the image of St. Zopito, then, at the conclusion of the solemn Mass, the procession resumed with stops from house to house so everyone can offer small gifts to the child-angel. Valuable ornaments in baroque style, as in the church of San Pietro, also admired in the church of San Francesco, while much older is the church of Santa Maria in Piano, built by the Lombards, with an interior with a single nave and side pillars, with the outstanding frescoes of considerable artistic importance as the "Judgement" and "Life of St. Thomas." Now we bring to Acerbo Palace which houses the Gallery of Ancient Pottery Abruzzo: nearly six hundred pieces of the best artists in the region, divided into various sectors, as well as ceramics by Italian artists and several paintings and prints depicting the various locations and traditions of Abruzzo. Finally, you must visit the old Castello Chiola, dating from the ninth century and later converted into a Renaissance-style palace.

We take leave of Loreto and continue our journey we arrive in Penne, Pescara important town in the province that extends over four hills between the valleys of the rivers Tavo and Fino. Its origins are ancient, the Fin was then the capital of the People Vestino and later remained loyal to the Empire in the fight against Hannibal, became a Roman city life. It's rich artistic heritage of the country: beautiful churches and palaces make it a superb place to visit. Among the many stages, it is recalled that at the Duomo or Cathedral of Santa Maria degli Angeli and St. Maximus, where the relics of the five martyrs, Massimo, Venancio, Luciano, Comice and Donato. Characteristic is its massive stone tower, while the interior with three naves rise great pillars and arches. Precious objects are in the Church, especially in the adjacent Diocesan Museum, where our curiosity will sweep dall'archelogia figurative art, until the wise old parchments found in the writing or the many books that are kept there. But the artistic wonders of the churches that arise Pens are still so many and such great value: the baroque altar in the Romanesque Church of St. Augustine;the beautiful paintings of the Church of San Domenico and the Church of the Annunciation in which there is the equally wonderful painting of the "Annunciation" and then the thirteenth-century Church of Santa Chiara, which houses a painting of the "Nativity" ; the wooden altar in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and the "San Francisco" in the medieval Christian church of St. Mary built by the Benedictines in Colleromano around Mille. The walk winds along Viale S. Francis at the entrance of the village, for naturalists, however, it is worthwhile to visit the nature reserve and wildlife of the Lake of Penne.

Our journey goes south in the valley of the river to visit Nora alleys. The village was built in ancient times built around a castle, but now the old part of town was completely deserted by its inhabitants. Come here we visit the Church of San Rocco: its structure is modern as is also the interior design and the bell tower of reinforced concrete. On the portal we see a bas-relief depicting the saint.A wall of stone and a portal, also made of stone, and what remains of the church in the old alleys.

Here we are again on their way along roads and in a short time we get to Catignano, once Catenause meaning "city of the chains." A welcome us into the town, located on the now traditional, but always magnificent panoramic hill, there is the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Its structure is modern with the exception of the eighteenth-century bell tower, the only trace of the ancient and original construction. We meet just after the church of San Giovanni Battista with neo-classical facade and baroque interior, but we invite you to admire the beautiful and large painting depicting "The Baptism of Jesus." In the outer part of the country should definitely visit the fourteenth-century Church of Santa Maria and the adjacent monastery. Just inside of this church housing the remains of one of the first martyrs of Christianity: Santa Irene, Catignano celebrated in the month of May.




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