Silvi Marina, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Between the 13th and 14th century AD a defence system based on day and night signals through fires and smoke was developed to face the frequent landings of Turks and pirates. In the 14th century the medieval borough of Castrum Silvi became a fiefdom of the abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, then passed under the jurisdiction of the Acquaviva family, dukes of Atri. At the time Silvi Marina was a small poor port of fishermen, who lived in poor cabins and were almost only engaged in fishing, which at that time used to offer an exceptional variety of sea food.
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.
Points of Interest
- 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.
- Church of San Salvatore, in Silvi Paese, with a fine bell-tower, dated 1252, was probably begun two centuries earlier.
- 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.
Events & 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".