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Torre de' Passeri, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

Torre de Passeri square Located in the valley of the Pescara river, the town offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Every year, during the months of September and October, there are interesting exhibitions of artists from around the world and of all ages, inspired by the work of Dante Alighieri.

Info

  • Altitude: 172 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Pescara: 39 km
  • Population: ca. 3000 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 65029
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 085
  • How to reach it: by road, s.s. 5 Tiburtina; by motorway, A25 exit Torre de' Passeri.

History

In the vicinity artifacts have been found dating back to the late Bronze Age (11th-9th centuries BC). In the 11th century AD, when the monastery of St. Clemente a Casauria was founded, there was a group of farms called Victorrita or Bectorrita, which later came under the control of the monastery.

The current name derives from "Turris Passum" as recorded in 1279, that is "a rest place" for travellers, along the river Pescara. From the 16th century onwards, there was a remarkable growth, which continued until the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the flourishing activities related to the production of ceramics.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with an imposing neoclassical facade and twin bell towers.
  • The Mazzara Palace, at the top of the village, hosting inside the Pinacoteca Fortunato Bellozzi.
  • The Castello Gizzi, better known as "Dante's House in Abruzzo", an important cultural institution in the region, established thanks to the passion and inspiration of Corrado Gizzi, a former professor at the Liceo Classico of Pescara.
  • The Majella National Park.

Events and Festivities

  • July: Festival of "arrosticini".

Genealogy and Links

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