Canzano, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo
Canzano, highly renowned as one of the temples of traditional Abruzzo cuisine (the "tacchino alla canzanese" is a highly renowned recipe), lies on a group of hills in the Northern Vomano valley, in a strategic position which explains the great importance of this nowadays small centre.
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- Altitude: 448 m a.s.l
- Distance from Teramo: 14 km
- Population: ca. 1800 inhabitants
- Postal code: 64020
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0861
- Frazioni: Piano di Corte, Piano Vomano, San Martino, Santa Lucia, Santa Maria, Sodere, Valle Canzano
- How to reach it: by bus, from Teramo; by road, Kms 18 from A24.
The territory was inhabited in pre-historic times, since neolythic arrows have been found in the vicinity. During the Iron Age it was a Praetutii and later a Roman settlement: there are remains of an Italic necropolis at Gerenzano and a Roman villa at Macera. In the XII century it belonged to the Normans, then in 1276 came under the power of the House of Acquaviva, and in the XVI of the Alarcon y Mendoza.
What to see
- Remains of the medieval walls with a majestic circular tower.
- The church of Madonna dell'Alno, 16th century, with Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
- The church of San Salvatore, outside the walls, with a stone portal and 14th-century fresco cycles among which one showing Saint Lewis of France, the Crusaders' patron.
- Sancti Petri ad Palustrium, a small 12th-century church.
Events and Festivities
- 3 February: Celebration of patron Saint Biagio.
- 18-19-20 May: celebration of Madonna dell'Alno.
- 26 July: celebration of Sant'Anna, patron saint of women giving birth.
- First week in August: Exhibition of ancient and contemporary lacework, Sagra of the "canzanese" turkey.
- August: Exhibition of antique agricultural machines.
- August: Rendez-vous of classical and antique motorcycles.