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For those coming from the street alongthe Adriatic, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Venere suddenly appears in all its grandeur on a lovely promontory overlooking the sea, about a mile from Fossacesia. One of the most important and solemn churches in Abruzzo, which reveals its timeless beauty just arrived on the hill covered with silvery olive trees. The construction seems to date from the eighth century. and it is said was built on an ancient temple dedicated to Venus conciliator. The Church was then expanded in the eleventh century and later amended in 1165 to form the Cistercians. In the north facade that is aimed at opening the magnificent portal of the moon, adorned with marble sculptures and columns side. The adjoining convent However, we can admire a beautiful cloister in which there is still an atmosphere of mystical serenity. We move away from the abbey for a lush boulevard and now we enter the streets of Fossacesia, where we recommend a visit to the Church of San Donato, devastated in World War II and then rebuilt by the inhabitants of the place.

At this point we proceed to close Rocca San Giovanni, a small agricultural town surrounded by vineyards and famous because of its excellent production of table grapes and wine.Interesting here, from the artistic point of view, are the Church of St. Matthew the Apostle, dating from the thirteenth century, and the Town Hall, also in medieval style.

The peaceful landscape designed by vineyards, olive groves and orchards with us to Lanciano, one of the most interesting parts of the province. Legend has it that the city was founded by Aeneas, who arrived in these lands during his flight from Troy. After the Social War it became an important Roman city and since then the vitality of the town lasted for centuries until it became, in medieval times, a thriving center of trade and commerce. Lancaster Today distinguishes a modern part of a magnificent and spacious old part very popular with tourists. We begin our tour of the bustling Corso Trento e Trieste leading us in the characteristic Piazza Plebiscito. Before our eyes, here is just up the Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, so called because the statue of the Virgin was found under an old bridge built in honor of Diocletian. From the square take Via Frentani and walk it all:we do not tire of admiring the ancient buildings including glow like rare jewels of the past, the tower of St John of Candlemas, the Church of St. Augustine, and then the church of San Biagio. Always starting from Piazza Plebiscito Course in Rome and enter the left lane are the portal of the ancient church of San Francesco, better known as the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle. The episode, beautiful and touching, was the eighth century during the celebration of Holy Mass, when the host transformed into flesh and wine into blood. Many believers today are Italians and foreigners who come almost every day to Lanciano to see the relics kept on the main altar. Still there are many features of this city, like the superb church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its beautiful rose window that overlooks the impressive fourteenth century and the original pointed arch doorway. But Lancaster, in addition to the impressive history, it also offers traditional festivals and annual events.The month of April offers the Agricultural Fair in the space of the Fair, the month of August is characterized Frentana from Summer Music, a series of classical music at the Towers Montanare at the end of the summer festivals are celebrated in September unveiled with a parade reminiscent of the medieval Mastrogiurato and the commemoration of the Ma-woman of the bridge that sees women as a gift to bring copper basins filled with local produce of the season. The equestrian events and celebrations employers close the September 16 event with spectacular fireworks.

Endless fields, open spaces in the light, a feeling of profound freedom is the Val di Sangro Abruzzo with its quiet and fertile plains, the soft hills, its placid and crystal clear streams. Here, in the inner area of ​​the valley, in this land where the present has always been a distant past and the countries are precious treasures of fascinating gems, Casoli meet. The old part of town is perched on top of a hill overlooking a castle on top in the eleventh century with characteristic square tower.A little further down is to visit the Church of Santa Reparata with inside eighteenth-century Renaissance paintings and a statue of the saint. Leave the old town go down to the valley where we meet but the modern area, but also the ruins of an amphitheater and an aqueduct.

We do a little more 'street, a few bends in the green along the river Sangro and here we are on Strings. It's great the view that one can see on the hill which is located in this quiet village by the classic medieval architecture. Here are several remains of the walls that protected the village, and in the highest, are still visible the ruins of a castle dating from the eleventh century. Then a stop at the square where you will notice the "Memorial" of war, by the sculptor Guido Costanzo Abruzzo.

Now we come to visit one of the largest countries in the valley dell'Osento: Atessa. It stretches over two hills and, according to legend, there were two countries (and Ate Tixe) separated by a valley inhabited by a terrible dragon.After many prayers of the people to avert the danger of the monster, came the Bishop of Brindisi, Leucio, who killed the dragon tagliondoli apart. Since then he became the patron saint of San Leucio Atessa and he was dedicated to the fourteenth-century church, which preserves a rib mammalian attributed to the dragon from the fantastic story. Outside town, a couple of miles of road, there is the Convent of Vallaspra of 1400, within which you can see a table of the Venetian school of the Madonna of Vallaspra. Striking is the Cloister of the shaft with the center of the miracle where it says the water appeared in a period of drought for the country. And just when the water is a precious treasure for the fields, ie in the first three days of May, the farmers of Atessa organize the "'NTorch of San Martino, a procession of good wishes for the crop did not suffer a drought. The pilgrims start from the church of San Leucio to Fara San Martino, where votive offerings will bring to San Salvatore a Maiella.

On the other side of Mount Pallano, on its slopes, lies the town of Bomba that overlooks the lake.It is the spectacular scenery we admire the historic center: a multitude of colors, in the thousand shades of green forests that are reflected in the azure waters of the lake. On its banks were raised tourist accommodation: cozy bungalows, chalets and pretty comfortable, welcoming restaurants and even a youth hostel. Here the tourist is really "home", there are all the comfort and leisure to enjoy this stretch of unspoilt countryside. Going up a steep ridge we come into the country. Come discover its ancient medieval walk along the narrow streets that insinuate themselves between the old stone houses. A visit to the church of Santa Maria del Popolo and then to the nearby house that was the birthplace of Silvio Spaventa and his brother Bertrand, philosopher Hegel.

             

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