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Torino di Sangro, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Rising on a hilltop between the Sangro and Sinello rivers, a few km from the Adriatic Sea, Torino lies in the middle of a very picturesque vegetation, one of the extremely few relics of the ancient Lecceta Litoranea that once occupied the whole Adriatic coast. The territory lying along the Valle dell'Osento has in the past often experienced landslides. The economy is lively with agricultural firms producing oil and quality wines, construction firms, there is also a small beach where people can bathe and lie in the sun.

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Info

  • Altitude: 160 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Chieti: 60 km
  • Population: ca. 3000 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 66020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0873
  • How to reach it: trains: Ferrovia Sangritana from Lanciano; by road, A14 exit Lanciano, then road 524 towards Fossacesia, road 16 "Adriatica" for 4 km southward to Vasto, after the bridge on the Sangro river there's a turning to Torino di Sangro.

History

In the 12th century there was in the area a settlement called Civita de Sangro which was abandoned and built in a higher position because of endemic malaric fevers. Then it was included in the jurisdiction of the Abbey of Santo Stefano ad rivum maris, and later of the city of Lanciano. It was a feud of various families: the Piccolominis, Colonnas, d'Aquinos, d'Avalos and lastly de Stefano.
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What to see

  • The Parish church (18th century), restored in the early 20th century
  • The Palazzo Priori
  • The Bosco di Torino di Sangro, a forest extending for about 3 km along the coast, which, owing to the very low tourist exploitation ot the area, has survived nearly intact the aggression of urbanization.
  • The Commonwealth Cemetery, with the tombs of English soldiers of the II World War, with wonderful trees and gardens
  • The beach of Torino di Sangro, with the sand dunes typical of the Macchia Mediterranea, where with some attention wild lilies and poppies can be seen in early summer
  • The Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, between Fossacesia and Torino di Sangro, a Benedictine monastery of the 8th century with great works of art in the portal lowrelief and the frescoes in the crypt, and an astounding view of the Adriatic coast.

Events and Festivities

  • 3 May: Feast of S. Croce
  • Late May: Feast of Madonna di Loreto
  • 10 December: Nocturnal vigil to wait for the birth of Madonna di Loreto.

Where to stay

  • Hotels
  • Agritourism
  • Campsites: Sangro in the forest (0873 915118) | Sun Beach, on the seaside (0873 915109).

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