This section shows the Abruzzo region: a pearl of nature of the Italian territory.
The city of Teramo, inhabited since ancient times, it was the main center of population of Praetutii. It was later conquered by the Roman consul Manius Curio Dentato becoming Hall.
Under imperial rule had a period of great prosperity, witnessed by the construction of temples, baths and theaters.
Teramo was almost destroyed in 1155 but it recovered and, under the rule of the bishop, enjoyed a period of relative prosperity witnessed by the construction of the new cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Teramo in the 1140 became part of the Kingdom of Sicily under Roger, and then later became the "Gateway Kingdoms" of the Kingdom of Naples, then called Kingdom of the Two Sicilies after the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Of the latter United followed the fortunes until 1860, when the troops of Piedmont-Savoy, crossed the border of the river Tronto, penetrated, without a declaration of war, in the territory of the Kingdom and defeated the army Bourbon. Subsequently, in 1861, was proclaimed the unification of Italy.
Opera artistic highlight of the city is the Cathedral, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
The construction of the Cathedral, begun in 1158, is in Romanesque style and, at the top, takes on a gothic style. Inside are the precious silver frontal by Nicola da Guardiagrele and the altarpiece artist Jacobello del Fiore.
After the recent excavation and restoration has been brought to light, after 300 years of neglect, the crypt of San Berardo that, from September 2007 is visible to the public.
Many other churches are then present in the historical center of Teramo: among others, the church of St. Anthony located breadth Melatini, opposite the Portici Savini and the medieval House of Melatini; the church of San Domenico in Porta Romana.
The conformation of the territory has a really lovely Riviera, with its golden beaches, shallow and sandy, that fairly reflect the geomorphology of the middle Adriatic.
Along the coastline, which stretches for about 60 kilometers, there are, from north to south, seven cities: Martinsicuro, Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Pineto and Silvi. The "seven sisters" are ready to welcome anyone with the beauty of their sea, which boasts seven blue flags, and the excellence of their tourist services.
Thanks to the quality and variety of its tourist offer, the Teramo coast confirms an important force of attraction, every year about 100 tourists who choose the Abruzzo region 70 prefer for their holidays the Teramo coast. Success is in the family, in the care and diversification of accommodation with hotels, residences, bed & breakfast, campsites and villages, in addition to the bathing establishments, increasingly equipped with sports areas and delicious restaurants.
Next are the nightclubs, pubs, disco-bars, the water park, the kart track and riding schools to complete an offer that also meets the demands of the younger audience, a lover of the nightlife.
Each municipality performs then a summer program full of cultural events, in addition, thanks to the collaboration of the hill towns, of the events of food and wine that, throughout the season, allowing visitors to learn about local products and local crafts.
Despite its strong vocation for seaside tourism, the Teramo coast also caters to those who seek contact with nature. For those who love the natural sites just visit the stretch of beach between Giulianova and Roseto degli Abruzzi, wild and unspoiled, as well as that of Pineto, dominated by the presence of majestic pines wild Mediterranean. Unspoilt nature, in addition to important monuments and picturesque villages to admire.
No less remarkable is the mountain with its pearl in the Gran Sasso of Italy which is part of the Big Horn (m. 2914) with some impressive glacial valley as Val Chiarino, Valle del Venacquaro and the Cauldron, the southernmost glacier in Europe.
The Italian Gran Sasso d'Abruzzo is the mountain par excellence: the majesty of its peaks, steep slopes, the strength and the essence of his nature giant expands on all the peaks of the mountain range.
The massif of limestone, dolomite almost in Teramo side, dominates imposing the surrounding territory.
Here, over 1,400 meters high, are located Prati di Tivo and Prato Selva, favorite destinations for tourists and skiers in central Italy.
And then there are the Monti della Laga, the kingdom of streams and waterfalls - famous ones Morricana, Scalette, Volpara and - thanks to the presence of clay soils.
Unspoiled nature, sometimes lush and wild. The Monti della Laga "enchant" and fascinate with the harmonious silence of his thousand tracks surrounded by lush forests and green highlands, with its unique colors, bright summer, warm and enveloping autumn.
The highest peak is Mount Gorzano to m. 2458 high. Among these mountains is the largest artificial lake in Europe: Lake Campotosto where migrating birds are a safe and quiet harbor for parking during their trip.
National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga
The Italian Gran Sasso and Monti of Laga are immersed in the National Park of the same name: 150,000 hectares of protected land which make it the largest protected area in Europe and precious, a natural heritage and environmental unique, characterized by an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna.
2,600 plant species live in the Park, about a fifth of the European flora, fauna and a kingdom which boasts the most representative animals of the Apennines: the wolf, the Abruzzo chamois, the bear and the eagle.
A wonderful treasure that comes from the majestic group of the Gran Sasso of Italy, which is part of the Big Horn (m. 2914) with some impressive glacial valleys (Val Chiarino, Valle del Venacquaro and Calderone, the southernmost glacier d 'Europe), only to relent on the prairies, plains, forests, integrating with the millennial work of man.
Shrine of St. Gabriel
At the foot of the Gran Sasso of Italy is the sanctuary of St. Gabriel, among the most popular in Italy and Europe. Unarecente ranking places it among the top fifteen most visited shrines in the world.
Two million pilgrims come each year to pray at the tomb of the young student Passionist St. Gabriel. His fame knows no boundaries.
There are at least a thousand churches dedicated to him in the various continents. A tollgate, bridges, viaducts, streets, parking lots, roads, schools, hospitals bear his name. Thousands of people in the world are called Gabriel or Gabriella in her honor. A saint that attracts millions of pilgrims every year, fascinated by his life and recalled the many miracles that God continues to work through his intercession.
The holy shrine dedicated to the young has become, in recent decades, one of the most unique phenomena of popular religiosity in the Italy of the millennium. The fame of the saint of miracles is based on a continuous series of supernatural events, witnessed by thousands of votive offerings donated to the sanctuary.
The sanctuary of St. Gabriel is located in the beautiful setting of the Gran Sasso Teramo. The pilgrims come to the sanctuary also attracted by the enchanting natural position. Located at the foot of the Gran Sasso, the sanctuary has a fascinating panorama. From here in 15 minutes you can reach the National Park of Gran Sasso, with its extensive forests and clear water springs. In 15 minutes you can reach the characteristic village of Castelli, world famous for the production of artistic ceramics. From the sanctuary in 30 minutes you get to the base of the gondola of Campo Imperatore (AQ) and from there you can quickly reach the modern ski lifts.
Castelli is a common site at the foot of the Gran Sasso of Italy (Monte Shirt) and is part of one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
The town is famous for the production of pottery, a tradition that dates back to the Renaissance, also is assumed earlier, which has become world famous for the quality of the design, but especially for the fineness of the decoration. Among the main teachers are remembered, in chronological order Antonio Lollo, the Grue and Gentile. The former had a fine Judgment of Paris in manganese with touches of yellow, while Carlo Antonio Grue is attributed to the style that made it famous majolica of Castelli with mythological themes or groups of armed horsemen.
The City is home to the interesting and particular Ceramics Museum and the Art Institute "FA Grue".
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