Travel Guide to the Teramo Province

TERAMO PROVINCE, ABRUZZO REGION

The Province of Teramo is located in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Teramo. The Province of Teramo shares its northern border with the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche Region, southern and southwestern borders with the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo Region, and a western border with the Province of Rieti in the Region of Lazio. To the south is the Abruzzo Province of Pescara and to the east is the Adriatic Sea.

The landscape of the Province of Teramo is somewhat peculiar in that it is dominated almost entirely on the east by the Adriatic sea and by the Apennine Mountains which his highest peak of Gran Sasso d'Italia westside. The province is divided latitudinally by the characteristic hills and valleys rich in vineyards and olive groves that begin in the Apennines and run almost to the coast. Colline Teramane (Teramo Hills) has become a trademark and are one of the most significant areas where extra virgin olive oil and Abruzzo wines are produced.

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The Province of Teramo holds several art treasures including many very early Christian-era temples. Dotted among the countryside are hilltop towns which once served as watchpoints and guardians of the deep and rocky valleys below. Connecting these treasures are important roads and trails that cut from the east to the west. Many of these follow shepherding routes that once dominated the area. Two important towns in the Province of Teramo are Civitella del Tronto and Atri. The first stood as the northernmost protective point of the Bourbon Empire. It was the last fortress to fall into the hands of the conquering French forces of Savoy. Still today, this fortress and the thriving town at its base testify to the power that the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies once possessed. In Atri there is an extraordinary Roman Catholic cathedral and an imposing theatre. The town's grandeur speaks of the importance of the once powerful Counts of Acquaviva who laid claim to this region. The provincial capital of Teramo hosts a majestic cathedral and has for centuries served all of Abruzzo as a main administrative and economic center. An historical event took place in the Province of Teramo on 15 September 2005. On that day the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, went to the city of Teramo to make a special presentation in honour of the resistance movement that arose in this town against the Nazi forces during the Second World War. A special note was made of the young Italian partisans who gathered in the village of Bosco Martese. There they risked deportation, severe reprisals, and other barbarous acts. Several of them, most famously Mario Capuani, gave their lives during these struggles

 

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