Surroundings and tourist itineraries
The city of Teramo has ancient origins, was the capital of the Praetotium, name given to the surrounding territory under Roman rule. Under the dominion of the Emperors Augustus and Hadrian lived a golden period of which were witnessed the baths, the theater, the amphitheater and other monuments submerged by the new city. During the 1400s it was torn by the struggles between the families of the Melatini, the Antonelli, the Spennati and the Mazzaclocchi families. Then passed under Francesco Sforza and Alfonso d'Aragona. In 1798 it passed to the French until 1815 when it returned under the Spaniards and then followed the history and the fate of the south.
Campli is situated on a hill between the valleys of the Fiumicino and Siccagno torrents. Rich in architectural monuments that make it a real city of art, Campli is home to a section of the National Archaeological Museum which houses the remains of the Necropolis of Campovalano. Beautiful example of medieval architecture the Parliament Building then became Farnese, placed in front of the Cathedral of S. Maria in Platea of 1300, which has a Romanesque bell tower. Also famous is the Scala Santa, so named because, after 1776, the custom of granting indulgence to those who walked on its knees spread.
Atri fù city of great prestige in the ancient world, since the eleventh and twelfth centuries BC It was the only city on the Adriatic coast to coin before Rome, as well as an important center of trade, thanks to its port on the Adriatic, hence the thesis that the name of the same sea derives from the ancient Hatria. In Roman times he fought alongside Rome in the wars against Hannibal. The city lived its period of maximum splendor with the Duchi d'Acquaviva. The glorious past of Atri is testified by archaeological finds scattered throughout the surrounding territory.
Civitella del Tronto
The fortress of Civitella del Tronto is one of the most impressive works of military engineering in Italy: it extends, in fact, for more than five hundred meters in length on a rocky ridge. All its luminous history is linked to the strategic position it has had, for a few centuries, as a stronghold of garrison of the northern borders of the various Neapolitan realms. The fortress and the connected village suffered more sieges but what has gone down in history is the unfortunate defense against the Sardinian Piedmontese army in 1860/61, which ended with the surrender on March 20, 1861, the latest Bourbon stronghold to bow to the nascent unity of Italy.
Gorges of Salinello
Not far from Civitella del Tronto, you can go hiking in the Gorges del Salinello. A natural environment that combines history, culture and nature between the two slopes of the Monti Gemelli: Montagna di Campli and Montagna dei Fiori. Creator of this natural monument was the Torrente Salinello which, acting on the entire mountain, has produced over millions of years, a "throat" several kilometers long, about 200 meters high and of variable width from more than five meters to tens of meters, determining waterfalls, caves and cavities.
Gran Sasso National Park
Abruzzo holds one of Europe's largest and most important protected areas, the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. Here the millenarian work of man has integrated harmoniously into a superb environmental context enriching it further. A nature rich in forests, springs, waterfalls, grasslands, plateaus, vertiginous ridges and rock faces where many species of fauna and flora of this area live, in addition to the most representative animals of the Apennines such as wolf, the Abruzzo chamois, the bear, the golden eagle or the biancone. The territory of the Park is in fact a "European monument to biodiversity".