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It stands on a hill not far dthe Adriatic coast, 330 m. sea ​​level, the ancient city of Chieti. Its origin, so far over the centuries as it is mysterious, is linked to several legends that now want to built dall'invincibile Hercules, now the hero Achilles greek Teate and named in honor of his mother Thetis. More likely, but less glamorous, is instead the possibility of his Italian origin. Surely then Teate in 1000 a. C. became the capital of the People Marrucino. Today we can see traces of this long history by walking through the typical streets of the town: the baths, the remains of the Roman theater, dating back to the first and second century. d. C., are just some of the beauty that we encounter in this wonderful journey through time that was. In the large, bright Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, we are in the historic heart of Chieti where stands the imposing cathedral of St. Justin Martyr, the patron saint of the city. The original medieval structure of the sacred building has been preserved in spite of several renovation and partial reconstruction made after being destroyed by Pepin. Next to the powerful and massive square tower, which began in the fourteenth century.and then completed in the next, in front of a high staircase leads to a valuable portal c'immette the majestic interior with three naves. And by the Brotherhood of the Good Death, based in the cathedral, is held every Good Friday Procession of the Dead Christ dating, it seems, made a pilgrimage to Rome from Chieti in 1600 after a plague. Today, many believers still take part in the solemn procession, accompanied by the notes of the Miserere, which more than 150 musicians perform while driving along a long journey through the ancient streets of the city. We move away from the square and down a short alley leading to Marrucino course, the most central and elegant, classic venue for the evening stroll. On the sides of buildings are shown Course proud of himself: the church of San Francesco, built in Gothic style, has undergone many changes; Marrucino the nineteenth-century theater, now the seat of important cultural and artistic events, and the church of San Domenico, with its Baroque architecture.Thus we come to Largo Trento and Trieste, which opens onto the entrance to the famous Convent Diocesan among its "historic" students may include illustrious names such as Silvio Spaventa and Gabriele D'Annunzio. A few steps and c'immettiamo in one of the most delightful parks in the province, we are in the public gardens of the Villa Comunale. Walks in the colors and scents of the long avenues of limes, cedars and magnolias that are accompanied by funny and cool fountains, and magnificent panoramic terraces reveal breathtaking scenery. In the center of the park, on top of a hill, is the former villa of the barons Frigeni, neo-classical home of the National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo. In its rooms you can admire the best archaeological finds in Abruzzo and among them are the mysterious statue of the "Warrior of Capistrano," accidentally unearthed by a farmer in the village of L'Aquila.

We start from Chieti and proceed down towards the sea along the road that runs alongside the River Forum. All around us opens a wonderful view. A few minutes later we encounter a road surrounded by greenery.Follow it, is a climb with several switchbacks to the top of small hill us into a Ripa Teatina. Even this small village with ancient origins as evidenced by its historic name Castrum Teate. To visit is the church of San Pietro which has, under the original fourteenth-century style, a restructuring typically Baroque. Inside there are stored a table of 500, a gilded wooden statue and a square silver reliquary.

Let's continue our journey and head in one of the richest land for wine production: we are talking about Miglianico.

Agriculture in this area is still one of the main economic resources and its DOC wines are known and appreciated by the most discerning palates. In the highest part of the country stands the medieval castle of 1150, which has suffered the ruinous destruction of the last world war.

A short walk from here is the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, famous for its statue of St. Pantaleone.The worship of the saint, the patron of the sick, is closely tied to the history of his statue, they said, miraculously returned to the place where it was found not welcomed into the church by a priest. Since then began the veneration of the saint, and every year, July 27, the people renew their traditional celebration in his honor with rituals dating back to ancient liturgies farmers.

We continue our journey into the valley of the Forum and turning their backs to the sea we head for a few miles. Here it is, the small rural town of Julian Teatino, mentioned in documents in 1300 under the name Julianum. Every year, August 19, there are big celebrations for the conclusion of the agricultural cycle and thanks to Mother Earth, giver of gifts. So, for the occasion, residents prepare an votive wagon full of food products whose main ingredients are cereals. And on this date, it refers to a fairly recent miracle is said that an elderly farmer, on the feast of St. Anthony in 1882, wanted to decorate the statue with a lily that not only remains fresh and fragrant for months, but even in August, had a new flowering.The phenomenon was repeated the following year. Since then the statue of the saint with a lily miraculous is the object of devotion from all over the surrounding countryside each year to meet the numerous festival in August.

But Julian Teatino is also known for its good wine production and for its tasty red cherries.

At the end of our first route in the beautiful province of Chieti, we continue to move south through the rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards wrapped, just behind the coast. The last town we visit is pretty Arielli, located in the hilly area of ​​Ortona. Its medieval origins are testified by the remains of a castle, and near the small town stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, which houses a beautiful wooden statue of the Virgin dating from the fifteenth century. We also visit the two churches, in 1200, San Rocco and San Miguel and then a leisurely stroll through the streets of Ariel to discover its hospitality.

Villamagna is a picturesque town in the valley of the Forum mainly agricultural economy.The entrance to the town through the Porta Baroque dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II. The streets run parallel with picturesque views and grand old homes, the former seat of the Archbishop, the monumental Church of St. Maria Maggiore, with valuable baroque stucco ornaments and ancient paintings. Beautiful views in a public park with a monument to the fallen.

The 12 and 13 July there is a traditional festival in memory of the assault of the Saracens, won through the intercession of St. Margherita.

From July 13 to 20, the craft fair, trade show last Sunday in August, the feast of St. Domenico, with the evocative "representation of the wolf."

             

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