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Abruzzo

abruzzo celano roccacalascio
 
Position:
Located in center-south of Italy, the Abruzzo region is surrounded by the Marche region at north, Molise at south, Lazio on the west and Adriatic sea on east.
 
Places to see - Things to do:
- National parks, regional parks and nature reservations
- More than 130km of rocky coasts, white sandy beaches and beautiful creeks.
- Cities & towns : Atri, its medieval cathedral ; Chieti, Roman therms, archeological museum of Abruzzo ; Celano, its impressive Piccolomini castle ; L'Aquila, the churches, the amazing fountains with 99 spouts, the castle, the museums ; Pescara, harbour and modern town where the poet G. D'Annunzio was born ; Sulmona, town of Ovide, famous for its sugar almonds ; Teramo, the cathedral, the museums, the picturesque tiny streets...
 
Gastronomy: -non exhaustive list-
Spaghetti alla “Chitarra” (square shape spaghetti pasta), various cheeses (caciocavallo, pecorino, scamorza), Sulmona sugar almonds, Abruzzo honey, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine, citrus fruit olive oil, Navelli Saffron...
 
Folklore & Events: -non exhaustive list-
January
¤ 05, living crib in Rivisondoli...
Mars/Avril
¤ Holy week processions in many places : Chieti has the most ancient "Via Crucis" in Italy, Lanciano, Sulmona.
May
¤ 1° thursday, "Procession dei Serpari" in Cocullo : snake procession in honour of Sant'Antonio Abate.
July
¤ all month, "Festival Jazz" in Pescara.
¤ last week, "La Ruzzola" a Civitella Messer Raimondo : traditional popular sport tournament.
¤ at the end of the month, "Festa di Sant'Andrea" in Pescara : sea procession and fish tasting.
August
¤ all month, ceramics fair in Castelli.
¤ 15, "i Talami" in Orsogna : night parade with allegorical floats showing biblical scenes.
¤ last sunday, "Mastrogiurato" in Lanciano : historical reconstruction in costumes.
November
¤ 10, "le Glorie di San Martino" in Scanno : festivity in honour of San Martina during which are burnt the "glorie", bonfire that can reach 20mt.
December
¤ 7, "Notte dei Faugni" in Atri : "faugni" are large bulrush sheaves carried in procession at dawn on december 08. People wait for the procession celebrating all night.
¤ during Christmas period, living cribs in Chieti, Scanno, Pianola and other places.
 
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