Chieti Province
Chieti Province
Montelapiano - Photo: Zitumassin
Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

Chieti Province

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The province of Chieti covers an area of 2,588 sq.km and borders the provinces of L'Aquila to the west, Pescara to the north west, the region of Molise to the south and the Adriatic sea to the north east.

Chieti Province
Province of Chieti, Abruzzo
Chieti is largely a hilly and mountainous province containing a large part of the Maiella mountain range which forms one of the higher sections of the Appenines. A major portion of the Maiella National Park runs through the province and contains some spectacular scenery and wildlife. The whole area is heavily wooded and interspersed with rivers, creeks and deep valleys. The northern part of the area is sparse, desolate and uninhabited, whereas the southern portion flattens slightly to become more rounded and softer with many small villages dotted on the hills and along the valleys. The majority of the population, over 75%, live along the Adriatic coastal strip.

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A view of the Majella National Park
The coastline has a mixture of sand or pebble beaches backed by high, rocky cliffs. It is known as the Costa dei Trabocchi due to the number of wooden constructions, called trabocchi, running along its length. These trabocchi are traditional fishing structures which date back to the 18th century and consist of a complicated system of nets, ropes and winches all supported by a wooden platform which also supports a wooden hut.

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A trabocco - Photo: Zitumassin
Chieti
The city of Chieti is the capital of the province of Chieti and lies 200 km north east of Rome. It is one of the oldest cities in Italy and according to mythology it was founded in the year 1181 BC by Achilles. Set in a slightly elevated position above the Pescara river it runs parallel to and is only a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast and has a stunning backdrop of the Maeilla and Gran Sasso mountains. The city was declared an open city during World War II which thankfully prevented it from being bombed by either side.

The highest part of the city is the old, historical centre whist the lower slopes contain the new town and the University. The University of Chieti is based in both Chieti and the city of Pescara. The original gothic cathedral, San Giustino, was rebuilt in 1069 and again in the 14th century when an enlarged bell tower was added. After being damaged by several earthquakes it was once more rebuilt in its current Baroque style in the late 17th century. Other interesting churches and religious building are the Oratory of Sacro Monte dei Morti and the churches of San Francesco al Corso (1239) and Santa Chiara.

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Chieti - Bell Tower - Photo: Ra Boe
The city has several very good and interesting musuems:
  • Villa Frigerj - the National Archaeological Musuem of the Abruzzi.
  • La Civitella - Archaeological Museum.
  • Biomedical Science Museum.


There are also two art musuems, Costantino Barbella and Palazzo de Mayo.

Vasto
Vasto is the second largest town in the province of Chieti and, like the city of Chieti, is also an ancient town with mythology stating that it was founded by the Greek hero Diomedes. The earliest archaeological evidence of settlement in the town dates back to 1300 BC.

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Vasto - Piazza Rosetti - Photo: Goldmund 100
The town is split into two separate sections, the actual town of Vasto which is about 6km inland and Vasto Marina which is a new residential coastal resort and a popular destinations for summer holidays. The actual town of Vasto was once a surrounded by walls and the remains of these can still be seen. It has a Centro Storico (historical centre) containing the 18th century Cathedral of San Guiseppe and the D'Avalos Palace. In Piazza Rossetti there is Castello Caldoresco which was once a private residence. Every summer this town hosts students from Harvard University for an intensive Italian language course.

Other towns and villages with points of interest are:

Borrello
The location of the highest waterfalls in the Apennines, Cascate del Rio Verde.

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Cascate del Rio Verde - Photo: Mario Forgione
Civitella Messer Raimondo
This village has a medieval castle which originally belonged to the Baglioni family and the Palazzo Gattone. Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore (church of the Holy Savior) 13th century.

Crecchio
Medieval village dominated by its 12th century castle containing a Etruscan and Byzantine museum

Guardiagrele
Lying in the foothills of the centre of the maiella national park, Guardiagrele has enviable views over some of the best of the countryside in Abruzzo. It part of the Borghi più belli d'Italia (most beautiful villages in Italy. The old watchtower (guardia), from which the name of the town is derived, is still relatively intact.

Guardiagrele has several churches, the largest of which is Santa Maria Maggiore which has a superb gothic portal.

There are several interesting musuems:
  • Museo Civico (Civic Museum)
  • Museo del Costume e della Tradizione della Nostra Gente (Costume and Folklore Museum)
  • Museo del Duomo (Cathedral Museum)
  • Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum)


Lanciano
This town is situated on a hill about 265 metres above sea level and there is evidence that the town was populated several thousand years Before Christ. Lanciano is famous for having been the location of a miracle in the eight century. A monk who was questioning the existence of Jesus Christ was saying the words of consecration at Mass when the bread and wine changed into flesh and blood. It has been certified by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle and is now well known as The Miracle of Lanciano. The town has a Cathedral, Santa Maria del Ponte (St. Mary of the Bridge), so named because it was built along a precipice and was supported by a bridge. Built in 1619 it has an 8th century Byzantine statue of the Madonna.

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Lanciano - Photo: Luca Aless
As well as the cathedral there are several important and interesting churches:
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore - built in 1227 in the Bourgogne-Cistercian style but updated to the Baroque style in 1540. This church is one of the most important architectural buildings in Abruzzo.
  • Chiesa di San Francesco - built in 1258 built over the remains of a 7th century church. The high altar houses the relics of The Miracle of Lanciano.
  • Chiesa di Sant'Agostino - built in 1270 it still has its original rose window and gate but the interior has been restored in the Baroque style.
  • Chiesa di San Biagio - built in the 11th century this is the oldest church in Lanciano. It has a bell tower and on the 3rd February every year it is opened for the Catholic rite of the anointing of the throat which is linked to Saint Biagio.


Other places of interest in Lanciano are:
  • Torri Montanare - part of the 11th century walls these two large towers provide a panoramic view of the area.
  • Porta San Biagio - there were originally nine of these 11th century gates but this is now the only one remaining.
  • Torre civica - a 19th century clock tower.
  • Botteghe Medievali - a two storey house built in 1434 which today has antique shops on the ground floor.


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Lanciano - Torri Montanare - Photo: Olivier Jules
San Giovanni Lipioni
This village is set on a hillside on the southern border of the province of Chieti and has an interesting historical centre which still retians many of its old, original houses. It is a maze of narrow streets, alleys and steps with a pedestrianised main square called Piazza Largo del Popolo. There are 200 steps leading up from this piazza and at the top is the 17th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Just on the outskirts of the village there is a newly renovated small chapel called Santa Liberata which is surrounded by pine woods and mountains and has wonderful views of the olive groves and vineyards below. Close by there is a large, imposing, ancient oak tree called 'Quercia di Lozzi'.

Other than the ones mentioned above there are a few coastal resorts on the Adriatic coast:
  • Ortona - several very pleasant beaches
  • Francavilla al Mare - seaside resort and cultural centre
  • San Salvo Marina - long, sandy beaches and shallow water.


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Ortona beach - Photo: Ra Boe
Food & Drink
The whole of the province of Chieti is extensively cultivated with olive trees and vines and produces highly regarded extra virgin olive oil and wine such as the red Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.

The food in this region is fairly rich and varied, with sources of fish from the sea and wild boar, lamb and goat from the mountains. All dishes are cooked with lashings of local olive oil and tomatoes. One famous local dish is called 'turcenelle' and consists of the entrails of kid which are stewed and mixed with a rich tomato sauce and hot red peppers. For those with strong stomachs this could be followed by a chunk of the famous sweet from the province, 'sanguinaccio alla chietina'. This is made from filtered pork blood, cinnamon, must, chocolate and pine nuts.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 10,794 km²
      Population: 1.3m
      Density: 122/km²
      Capital: L’ Aquila

      National Parks:
      The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

      The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Location of Abruzzo
Provinces of Abruzzo
  • Comunes of Abruzzo
    • Chieti (CH)
      • Altino
        Archi
        Ari
        Arielli
        Atessa
        Bomba
        Borrello
        Bucchianico
        Canosa Sannita
        Carpineto Sinello
        Carunchio
        Casacanditella
        Casalanguida
        Casalbordino
        Casalincontrada
        Casoli
        Castel Frentano
        Castelguidone
        Castiglione Messer Marino
        Celenza Sul Trigno
        Chieti
        Civitaluparella
        Civitella Messer Raimondo
        Colledimacine
        Colledimezzo
        Crecchio
        Cupello
        Dogliola
        Fallo
        Fara Filiorum Petri
        Fara San Martino
        Filetto
        Fossacesia
        Fraine
        Francavilla al Mare
        Fresagrandinaria
        Frisa
        Furci
        Gamberale
        Gessopalena
        Gissi
        Giuliano Teatino
        Guardiagrele
        Guilmi
        Lama dei Peligni
        Lanciano
        Lentella
        Lettopalena
        Liscia
        Miglianico
        Montazzoli
        Montebello sul Sangro
        Monteferrante
        Montelapiano
        Montenerodomo
        Monteodorisio
        Mozzagrogna
        Orsogna
        Ortona
        Paglieta
        Palena
        Palmoli
        Palombaro
        Pennadomo
        Pennapiedimonte
        Perano
        Pietraferrazzana
        Pizzoferrato
        Poggiofiorito
        Pollutri
        Pretoro
        Quadri
        Rapino
        Ripa Teatina
        Roccamontepiano
        Rocca San Giovanni
        Roccascalegna
        Roccaspinalveti
        Roio del Sangro
        Rosello
        San Buono
        San Giovanni Lipioni
        San Giovanni Teatino
        San Martino sulla Marrucina
        San Salvo
        Santa Maria Imbaro
        Sant’Eusanio del Sangro
        San Vito Chietino
        Scerni
        Schiavi d’Abruzzo
        Taranta Peligna
        Tollo
        Torino di Sangro
        Tornareccio
        Torrebruna
        Torrevecchia Teatina
        Torricella Peligna
        Treglio
        Tufillo
        Vacri
        Vasto
        Villalfonsina
        Villamagna
        Villa Santa Maria
    • L’Aquila (AQ)
      • Acciano
        Aielli
        Alfedena
        Anversa degli Abruzzi
        Aragno
        Assergi
        Ateleta
        Avezzano
        Balsorano
        Barete
        Barisciano
        Barrea
        Bisegna
        Bominaco
        Bugnara
        Cagnano Amiterno
        Calascio
        Campo di Giove
        Campotosto
        Canistro
        Cansano
        Capestrano
        Capistrello
        Capitignano
        Caporciano
        Cappadocia
        Carapelle Calvisio
        Carsoli
        Castel del Monte
        Castel di leri
        Castel di Sangro
        Castellafiume
        Castelvecchio Calvisio
        Castelvecchio Subequo
        Celano
        Cerchio
        Civita d’Antino
        Civitella Alfedena
        Civitella Roveto
        Cocullo
        Collarmele
        Collelongo
        Collepietro
        Corfinio
        Fagnano Alto
        Fontecchio
        Fossa
        Gagliano Aterno
        Gioia dei Marsi
        Goriano Sicoli
        Introdacqua
        L’Aquila
        Lecce nei Marsi
        Luco dei Marsi
        Lucoli
        Magliano de’ Marsi
        Massa d’Albe
        Molina Aterno
        Montereale
        Morino
        Navelli
        Ocre
        Ofena
        Opi
        Oricola
        Ortona dei Marsi
        Ortucchio
        Ovindoli
        Pacentro
        Paganica
        Pereto
        Pescasseroli
        Pescina
        Pescocostanzo
        Pettorano sul Gizio
        Pizzoli
        Poggio Picenze
        Prata d’Ansidonia
        Pratola Peligna
        Prezza
        Raiano
        Rivisondoli
        Roccacasale
        Rocca di Botte
        Rocca di Cambio
        Rocca Di Mezzo
        Rocca Pia
        Roccaraso
        San Benedetto dei Marsi
        San Benedetto in Perillis
        San Demetrio ne’ Vestini
        San Pio delle Camere
        Sante Marie
        Sant’Eusanio Forconese
        Santo Stefano di Sessanio
        San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
        Scanno
        Scontrone
        Scoppito
        Scurcola Marsicana
        Secinaro
        Sulmona
        Tagliacozzo
        Tione Degli Abruzzi
        Tornimparte
        Trasacco
        Villalago
        Villa Santa Lucia
        Villa Sant’Angelo
        Villavallelonga
        Villetta Barrea
        Vittorito
    • Pescara (PE)
      • Abbateggio
        Alanno
        Bolognano
        Brittoli
        Bussi sul Tirino
        Cappelle sul Tavo
        Caramanico Terme
        Carpineto della Nora
        Castiglione a Casauria
        Catignano
        Cepagatti
        Città Sant’Angelo
        Civitaquana
        Civitella Casanova
        Collecorvino
        Corvara
        Cugnoli
        Elice
        Farindola
        Lettomanoppello
        Loreto Aprutino
        Manoppello
        Montebello di Bertona
        Montesilvano
        Moscufo
        Nocciano
        Penne
        Pescara
        Pescosansonesco
        Pianella
        Picciano
        Pietranico
        Popoli
        Roccamorice
        Rosciano
        Salle
        Sant’Eufemia a Maiella
        San Valentino in
        Abruzzo Citeriore
        Scafa
        Serramonacesca
        Spoltore
        Tocco da Casauria
        Torre de’ Passeri
        Turrivalignani
        Vicoli
        Villa Celiera
    • Teramo (TE)
      • Alba Adriatica
        Ancarano
        Arsita
        Atri
        Basciano
        Bellante
        Bisenti
        Campli
        Canzano
        Castel Castagna
        Castellalto
        Castelli
        Castiglione Messer Raimondo
        Castilenti
        Cellino Attanasio
        Cermignano
        Civitella del Tronto
        Colledara
        Colonnella
        Controguerra
        Corropoli
        Cortino
        Crognaleto
        Fano Adriano
        Giulianova
        Isola del Gran Sasso d’ltalia
        Martinsicuro
        Montefino
        Montorio al Vomano
        Morro d’Oro
        Mosciano Sant’Angelo
        Nereto
        Notaresco
        Penna Sant’Andrea
        Pietracamela
        Pineto
        Rocca Santa Maria
        Roseto Degli Abruzzi
        Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata
        Sant’Omero
        Silvi Marina
        Teramo
        Torano Nuovo
        Torricella Sicura
        Tortoreto
        Tossicia
        Valle Castellana
        Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro
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Abruzzo Climate (L’ Aquila)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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