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Alba Fucens
Some of the most charming Romans ruins are those found at Alba Fucens, near Avezzano, Juvanum, near Torricella Peligna, Peltuinum and Amiternum, near L'Aquila. Many of these towns were destroyed and abandoned when the Empire came to an end.
Pottery craftsman
The art of pottery has been practiced in Abruzzo since its invention, but during the Renaissance a tiny, picturesque village on the slopes of Gran Sasso, called Castelli, made this region famous when it developed Italy's most refined, sophisticated production of majolica.
Celano and Piccolomini castle
In Celano the main attractions are the Piccolomini Castle, located in the center of the historic core of the village, the churches of St. Angelo, San Francisco and Santa Maria del Carmine.
Mosciano Sant'Angelo, Church of San Michele Arcangelo
Mosciano Sant'Angelo is a medieval village, located about 10 Km from the Adriatic coast and lies on the ridge between the valleys of the rivers Tordino and Salinello.
Pacentro has one of the loveliest old centres in Abruzzo: the town is worth visiting at any time of year, but there is one special day in the year, the first Sunday in September, when an ageold barefoot race, called the "Corsa degli Zingari", takes place.
Roccamorice Hermitage of Santo Spirito
A visit to Abruzzo's hermitages, set in their natural milieu, is a memorable experience. The most famous of them all is Santo Spirito a Majella, near Roccamorice, an exquisitely beautiful national monument thanks to a perfect fusion of architecture and nature. It was founded in about 1244 and was Celestine's first stable settlement on Mount Majella.
In Scanno there are accommodation facilities of all types, giving you the chance to stay in one of the most charming and photographed historic towns of Abruzzo. Worldwide famous photographers such as Cartier Bresson and Giacomelli took pictures of this typical borough.
Teramo, Cathedral of San Berardo
Teramo is the provincial capital and its important old centre is in itself worthy of an in-depth visit: this is a city of very ancient origins and apart from some splendid museums actually retains significant historical and monumental traces.
Vasto, Cathedral of San Giuseppe
Vasto ha been built on the foundations of the ancient Histonium. The city maintains the lines of Roman urbanization. Palazzo d’Avalos and its museums can be reached following the belvedere. In the same square is the Cathedral San Giuseppe.

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ABRUZZO: the great open-air museum

The magic of Abruzzo derives precisely from the measured equilibrium of a landscape dominated by nature and a stratified human presence, which can be seen in the theory of villages dotted around the countryside, the architectural might of churches, castles and mansions, precious works of art, the countless examples of applied arts and ageless rural traditions.

What better invitation for the keen, observant visitor to explore Abruzzo and seek out the typical features of the splendour that make this such a unique region. From the oldest testimonies, of which the solemn and hieratic "Warrior of Capistrano" is the most representative icon, to countless art treasures preserved in regional museums, the entire historic and artistic heritage of Abruzzo contributes to shaping a territory with a strong local identity, a very idiosyncratic way of interpreting and outlining the artistic methods and styles, architecture, spirituality, applied arts that in Abruzzo boast truly special traditions and peaks of excellence, including pottery and goldsmithing.

Known worldwide for its nature, Abruzzo's peculiar and intact landscape is nonetheless a scenario with works of art and monuments, like a great open-air museum, open all hours.

Alongside the legendary sites of Rocca Calascio, the extraordinary old town of Pescocostanzo, Chieti’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, L’Aquila’s mighty 1500s castle, the traveller will be struck by the dozens of less famous marvels, scattered throughout the region.

Restorations of churches and castles, the reorganization and enhancement of archaeological sites and sanctuaries, the creation of large and small museums, the new visitor centres in the Parks: all have contributed to the list of things to see, growing lengthier with each passing year.

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