Città Sant'Angelo, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo
Placed on a hill overlooking the Saline River valley, the town is a short distance from Pescara. Among its dominant landmarks is undoubtedly the Church of St. Michael, while the entire center is characterized by 18th-century brick houses.
- Altitude: 317 m a.s.l
- Distance from Pescara: 19 km
- Population: ca. 10000 inhabitants
- Postal code: 65013
- Dialing Area Code: +39 085
- How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Pescara Nord.
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It rose probably on the site of the ancient Vestine city Angulus, but the earliest historical documents date back to the early 13th century. Destroyed by Emperor Frederick II in 1239, it was besieged in 1350 by the inhabitants of Penne and, again, sacked by the troops of Giacomo Piccinino in 1460. In 1807, moreover, was attacked by gangs of brigands: a legend says that on that occasion the attackers were chased away by the Virgin Mary, who appeared before them on the city walls. In 1814 the country rose up against the troops of Joachim Murat, with countless victims among the civilians.
What to see
- The parish church of San Michele Arcangelo of the 13th century, with beautiful stone portal of 1326, an interesting Nativity fresco in the attic, a 14th century bell tower, and inside the choir wooden Baroque frescoes of the first half of the 15th century.
- The church of St. Francis, with a fine 14th-century portal of the Atri school; the interior was renovated in 1741
- The church of St. Augustine, with 18th-century stuccos by Terzani
- The church of St. Bernard formerly church of the Cistercian Riformati, whose monastery was erected later next to the church. Now Baroque, it has remnants of the old building on one side.
- The church of Santa Chiara, on a baroque circular plan with three chapels; stucco decorations of Carlo Piazzoli and Girolamo Rizza;
- The Park Place Botanical Gardens, near the river.
- The church of San Salvatore, an oratorium
- A number of fine palaces: Palace Astagno, Palace Brandimarte , Palace Ghiotti and Palace Ursini.
Events and Festivities
- End of July: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Felix
- August: Festival of the "scrippelle" a dish similar to French crepes, typical of the Teramo area
- First half of August: beer and pizza festival
- Beginning of September: Wine Festival, with parade of allegorical wagons.