Ortona, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo
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- Altitude: 72 m a.s.l
- Distance from Chieti: 34 km
- Population: ca. 23900 inhabitants in 2010
- Postal code: 66026
- Dialing Area Code: +39 085
- How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Ortona; by road, SS 16 Adriatica.
Destroyed in 1447 by the Venetians, in 1566 was sacked, destroyed and burnt by the Turks. In 1582 it became a fief of the Duchess of Parma, the Farnese and Margaret of Austria, followed by her son: this was the beginning of a slow decline. During the Second World War, Ortona suffered severe damage to its architectural heritage from the bombings during the so-called "battle of Ortona" (1943).
What to see
- The ruins of the imposing Castello Aragonese (1452), from which a panoramic road slopes down to the Adriatic coast.
- The Cathedral of San Tommaso Apostolo, with a beautiful portal of the 14th century
- The Palazzo de Sanctis
- The Palace of Margherita d'Austria, which houses the Museo Civico
- The Pinacoteca Cascella.
- The Palazzo Farnese.
- The church of Santa Maria of Constantinople.
- The church of St. Catherine
- The Tostiano Museum, dedicated to musician Francesco Paolo Tosti.
- The former Convent of the Capuchins, with splendid baroque altars.
- The Remains of the Church of St. Marco (7th-8th century), just outside the town.
- At Contrada Morrecine between Ortona and Tollo, the so-called Pietra di Morrecine, a construction of the early centuries AD in opus mixtum et coementicium, of almost cubic shape, possibly a mausoleum.
Events and Festivities
- 20 January: Feast St. Sebastiano.
- 1 to 3 May: Festa del Perdono (=Feast of Forgiveness), in honor of St. Thomas the Apostle.
- July: Festival of ham and melon.
- August: "Maggiolata", with a parade of waggons and folk choirs.
- August: Mullet Festival.