Silvi Marina, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo
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- Altitude: 5 m a.s.l
- Distance from Teramo: 47 km
- Population: ca. 13600 inhabitants
- Postal code: 64028
- Dialing Area Code: +39 085
- Frazioni: Silvi Marina, Silvi Paese, Pianacce, San Silvestre, Santo Stefano
- How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit Pineto; by road, S.S. 16 Adriatica.
History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
Silvi remained a fiefdom of Atri until the arrival of Napoleon, who in 1806 abolished feudalism. With the Unification of Italy Silvi obtained its first mayor. In 1863 the building of the railway station helped the development of the "Marina" of Silvi, which little by little took a different aspect, thanks mostly investments in the tourist sector. In 1931 the municipal seat was moved from Silvi Paese to Silvi Marina, which within a few years turned into an important seaside resort, becoming the administrative center of all the territory, from the coast to the surrounding hills.
What to see
- The church of San Salvatore, in Silvi Paese, with a fine bell-tower, dated 1252, was probably begun two centuries earlier.
- The Torre di Cerrano, the ancient harbour of Atri and Silvi. It developed when Atri abandoned the Vomano harbor, because the river was moving farther into the sea. The world for the harbor building began in 1256.
- Silvi Alta or Silvi Paese, a medieval borough perched on top of a hill, 250 meters above sea level, once a defense garrison against the Saracens, offers enjoy a spectacular sight on the whole Central Adriatic, sweeping from the Yugoslavian coast to Monte Conero and the Tremiti Islands.
Events and Festivities
- May-June: "Lu cencialone". This feast takes origin from a legend derived possibly from of one of the many Muslim raids. The Saracens landed at Cerrano marina, the ancient harbour serving Silvi and Atri, sacked everything, then moved towards the hill. The alarm was given by the church bells calling all the population to the defence. Before the barbarians reached the doors of the village, a courageous young man, with a big lighted torch, went out of the walls and faced them on the road. The torch light deceived the invaders who thought they were being attacked by a multitude of people; in order to keep the goods they had already sacked, they gave up the enterprise and ran away. The miracle is remembered with the celebration of the feast of the "Ciancialone".