On St. Marcello hill, along the Vomano valley, near a picturesque oak-wood, which gives the name to a nearby village Cerqueto (quercia
, Italian for oak tree, changes into cerqua
in vernacular), rises this interesting medieval centre, rich in monuments and traditions.
Remains of a roman settlement testify the age-long human presence in the area. The name of the village lends itself to many interpretations. Fanum was in latin "temple", while Adriano might apply to the Roman emperor or be a modification of a nearby centre, triganum. In the XV century the medieval borough belonged to the Orsini.