Villages in Abruzzo



A charming city of art close to the Teramo coast, Atri has very ancient origins (VII-V century BC). It was an important colony in Roman times, it underwent barbarian invasions and foreign dominations during the Middle Ages, only to be “reborn” definitively under the control of the lords of Acquaviva. And it is in the center of the town that the charm of this long history continues to reveal its evocative power even today. Monuments and historic buildings, churches, museums, evocative views, these are the many pieces of the splendid mosaic that Atri offers its many visitors.




The ancient village of Città Sant’Angelo has a very special charm. The mighty bulk of the Collegiate, the dignity of the noble palaces, the historic entrance gates to the city, the numerous and beautiful churches, give the historic center a proud and dynamic aspect, where the artistic and cultural dimension merges into everyday life with great simplicity. . Soul of the village is the course that runs along the historic center and overlooks the main monuments. Even the narrow lanes often accompany the visitor towards totally unexpected glimpses, opening up before a church, a monastery, a square or a museum. But the monument symbol of Città Sant’Angelo is undoubtedly the Church of San Michele Arcangelo.




“Capital of the ceramic art of Abruzzo”. This is the most suitable definition to describe the suggestive mountain village of Castelli, which over time has become an obligatory stop for cultural tourism in our region. Here, in the Middle Ages, a community of Benedictine monks started a flourishing ceramist production activity, exploiting the particular clay form of the territory. Since then Castelli became the home of famous masters who served the kings of Naples and the princely houses of Rome.This “golden age” dates back to the wonderful majolica ceiling of the rural church of San Donato defined by Carlo Levi “the Sistine Chapel of the Italian majolica “: 780 votive bricks decorated with profiles, coats of arms, astronomical symbols, animals and floral motifs in bright colors




The emotions of the past come to life in the city-fortress of Civitella, certainly one of the most representative and evocative centers of our province. Emblem of Civitella is the solemn Bourbon Fortress, a masterpiece of military engineering with its 25,000 square meters of surface that make it the largest in Europe.






The village of S. Stefano di Sessanio is, among the monuments of man, perhaps the most evocative of the entire Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.
It is a town completely built in white limestone, whose whiteness has been rendered opaque by time. The roofs of buildings made exclusively with tiles offer a harmonious overview of whoever observes it from the top of the Medici tower. The village is considered among the most beautiful in Abruzzo for its complete environmental values, for its architectural decoration and for its stylistic homogeneity.