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Torano Nuovo, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo

It stands on a sunny hill overlooking the valley of the river Vibrata, a few kilometers from the sea.

Info

  • Altitude: 237 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Teramo: 27 km
  • Population: ca. 1700 inhabitants in 2010
  • Postal code: 64010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0861
  • Frazioni: Petrella, Valle Santa Maria, Villa Bizzarri
  • How to reach it: by motorway, A14 exit San Benedetto del Tronto.

History

Two etymologies are given for the name "Torano": the first is that it derives from the Etruscan deity "Turan", which means "god, constellation", while another associates it to the Latin word "Turris" (=tower). In 1494 Torano, strategically located on the boundary between the Papal States and the Kingdom of Naples, was almost totally destroyed as a result of the "war of chalk" between Charles VIII and Ferdinand II of Aragon. The economy, based in past centuries on breeding of silkworms, saw more recently a growth of vineyards and wineries.

What to see

  • The church of Madonna delle Grazie
  • The church of San Massimo a Varano, of medieval origin
  • The church of San Martino at Villa Torri, which hosts interesting frescoes.

Events and Festivities

  • July: classical music concerts, theater and dance performances for children.
  • Mid-August: Festival of wine, sausage and cheese, as well as exhibition of DOC wines
  • August: National Volleyball Tournament.

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