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ATRI, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy

Province of Teramo, Abruzzo region On the top of a 3-pointed hill hovering on the Adriatic with the majestic Gran Sasso in the background, in a key position above the Val Vomano, the town was famous and powerful in antiquity and is today one of the most important historical, cultural and artistic centres in Abruzzo. The surrounding landscape is also impressive for the canyon-like calanques and the partly-unexplored caves.
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Atri Altitude: 450 m a.s.l -- Distance from Teramo: 45 km -- Population: ca. 11500 inhabitants -- Zip code: 64032 -- Phone Area Code: 085 -- How to reach it:
- bus: from Teramo
- road: A25 exit Teramo, or A14 exit Pineto

arrowHistory

Hatria was a Roman colony from which many historians also derive the name of the Adriatic Sea. According to Strabo, it was founded by the Sabini, which is proved also by the remains of an early Iron-Age settlement on the Colle Maraldo di Atri and the necropolis at La Pretara and Colle della Giustizia. In the VI century BC the town was one of the four major Greek harbors in the Adriatic Sea. In 290 it was conquered by Rome. After the fall of the Roman empire, the territory came under the power of the Lombards (VI century A.D.) and was annexed to the Duchy of Spoleto. Then the Normans came, and in 1393 Atri was bought by the House of Acquaviva, under whose power a period of great splendor for the city began. At the end of the XVIII century it was given by the Acquaviva to the Kingdom of Naples.

arrowPoints of Interest

  • Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (late XII century)
  • Palazzo Ducale (Acquaviva), a fortress built in the highest point of the town, now the seat of the municipality;
  • Medieval walls with Porta Macelli and Porta S.Domenico
  • Museo Capitolare
  • Church of San Francesco, with a beautiful Baroque flight of stairs
  • Church of San Domenico, with two fine paintings by Giacomo Farelli (XVII century)
  • The Park
  • The caves, partly still unexplored, probably prehistoric settlements
  • The "calanchi" in the surroundings

arrowEvents & Festivities

  • 1 January "Lu S. Antonio"
  • Holy Friday representation of the Passion at nearby Villa Bozza
  • settimana di FerragostoSagra delle Anguille
  • 15 August "La Maggiolata" a train of traditional oxen-drawn waggons and folk groups
  • 18 August Feast of "tagliolini", beans, prosciutto and cheese
  • 19 August celebration of San Gabriele
  • 8 December the "faugni", fires of dry canes in front of the Cathedral at dawn

arrowHotels, Lodging, Restaurants

  • Hotel Du Park
  • Hotel San Francesco
  • Ristorante Al Caminetto, V.Piano Vomano 64032 Atri +39 085-8709243
  • Ristorante Alla Campana d'Oro 23, P. Duomo 64032 Atri +39 085-870177
  • Ristorante Greentime, 6 Vc.Pomenti 64032 Atri +39 085-8798125
  • Ristorante Il Simposio, Bar Pizzeria V.A.Moro 64032 Atri +39 085-879957
  • Ristorante Tre Stelle, 8/10, V. Angelo Probi 64032 Atri +39 085-870256
  • Pizzeria La Rosa dei Venti - 1, Ctr.Carriera 64032 Atri +39 085-870564
  • Pizzeria Rosticceria Dominique 8/10, V. Ferrante 64032 Atri +39 085-879075

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