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A city fair of culture and sea, home to eclectic artists, Ortona is also one of the most popular seaside resorts on the coast. Its long coastline, after a first stretch of wide and sandy beach to the north (Foro, Lido Riccio and Lido dei Saraceni), changes its appearance and becomes a succession of inlets, bays, cliffs and promontories overlooking the sea with a rich Mediterranean vegetation. Here begins the evocative and peculiar "Costa dei Trabocchi" that extends to Vasto. Accommodation is good with modern hotels, campsites and B&Bs. The city stands on a hill and from its splendid "Oriental Walk" you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama. City with ancient origins, it had a remarkable development under the Frentani, especially for the presence of the port, the most important in Abruzzo. He lived his time of decline in the Middle Ages and then rose again under the rule of the Swabians. In the Second World War it was the scene of bloody battles and it was almost destroyed by bombing. Its past preserves a remarkable artistic heritage. The Farnese Palace, the Aragonese Castle, the Churches of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Holy Trinity, the Cathedral dedicated to St. Thomas, which for over seven centuries has been jealous guardian of the earthly remains of the Apostle, the evocative historical centre and the many museums (Civic Museum, Diocesan Museum, Musical Museum Tostiano and Battle Museum) are it is worth visiting. Not far from the town centre you can visit the “Moro River War Canadian Cemetery”.

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Provincia: Chieti

CAP: 66026

Prefisso: 085

Altitudine: 72m


42.3522441, 14.4028113

The Museum documents the dramatic events of the war in 1943, which earned the city of Ortona the award of the Gold Medal for Civil Valor. It was inaugurated on 6 May 2002 with the intervention of the Canadian Ambassador. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of the 1314 civilian victims and to the many Canadian and German soldiers who died during the Battle of Hortona.

The Ex Libris Mediterraneo Museum in Ortona, second in Italy and third in Europe, is dedicated to the ex libris, a figurative mark, often accompanied by a motto, which is applied on the finish line of the book to define its ownership (lett. "from the books of").  

The Picture Gallery is located in the 16th century Palazzo Farnese and houses works by Michele Cascella (1892-1989), a native of Ortona, his brother Thomas (1890-1968) and his father Basil (1860-1950). Michele Cascella has one of the most important collections (53 works) documenting more than eighty years of activity of the painter

Opened to the public in December 2003, it is one of the most important sacred art museums in the region and a real treasure trove of works of art. It is located in the large rooms adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Thomas the Apostle, a building of early Christian origin renovated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Tostiano Institute, established in 1983, is an institution of musical commitment and deals with the dissemination of the life and works of the composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (Ortona, April 9, 1846 - Rome, December 2, 1916), other musicians from Abruzzo, and more generally vocal chamber music and other areas of musical culture.

The Regional Nature Reserve Ripari di Giobbe is located north of Ortona on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, close to a hidden cove, with white pebbles and crystal clear waters, accessible only by foot or by sea. The area, established in 2007, is well preserved because of the difficult accessibility and the considerable instability of the steepest slopes.