Province of Teramo

Abruzzo, Italy

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About Province of Teramo

The Province of Teramo (Italian: Teramo province; Abruzzese: pruvìngie de Tèreme) is a province of the Abruzzo region in Italy. Its capital is the city of Teramo. The province has an area of 1,948 square kilometers (752 square miles), a population of 313,029 (2012), and is divided into 47 municipalities (Italian: municipalities), see Municipalities of the Province of Teramo. The Province of Teramo shares its northern border with the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region, the southern and south-western borders with the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo Region and a western border with the Province of Rieti in the Lazio Region. To the south is the Abruzzo province of Pescara and to the east the Adriatic sea.

Geography

The landscape of the Province of Teramo is dominated almost entirely to the east by a large body of water with the beaches of the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines which its highest peak of the Gran Sasso d'Italia overlooks. The province is in fact divided latitudinally by the characteristic hills and valleys rich in vineyards and olive groves that start in the Apennines and run almost to the coast. The Teramane Hills (Teramo Hills) have become a brand and are one of the most significant areas where extra virgin olive oil and Abruzzo wines are produced. Unique in the province of Teramo is the short distance between the beaches of the Adriatic Sea and the snow-capped peaks of the Gran Sasso of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). They can be reached within an hour from one point to another.

The peaks of the Gran Sasso rise to the west of the Province of Teramo while those of the Monti della Laga dominate the northern border. These two ridges are among the most distinctive and the most relevant of the entire Apennine mountain range. The majestic Gran Sasso rises on its top, the Corno Grande, at an altitude of 2,912 meters (9,554 feet) and is characterized by steep gorges, and in practically inaccessible places, with protected nature reserves and living species. A large part of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is located in the province. Calderone, the southernmost glacier in continental Europe, is nearby. In contrast to the rugged and isolated area of Gran Sasso, the Monti della Laga are characterized by dense forests, shallow gorges, undulating slopes and valleys and numerous spectacular waterfalls.

In addition to the provincial capital, the most populous and important shopping centers include Roseto degli Abruzzi and Giulianova with a population of 25,000 and 24,000 inhabitants respectively. In the eastern part of the province there are the so-called "seven sisters" beaches directly adjacent to the Adriatic Sea. These locations are known for the highest density of blue flag beaches, fine white sand and their mild and healthy Mediterranean climates which support a rich flora of palm, pine and oleander. Much of the province is hilly and there are very few large plains. Running from west to east there are a number of streams and rivers that eventually empty into the Adriatic Sea.

The province of Teramo is easily accessible by car or bus from Rome via the A24 motorway and is also connected to the A14 motorway.

Culture

Municipalities in the province of Teramo include Civitella del Tronto and Atri. The first represented the northernmost point of protection of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In Atri there is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a theater. The provincial capital of Teramo houses a large cathedral and for centuries has served all of Abruzzo as the main administrative and economic center.

On September 15, 2005 the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, went to Teramo to make a special presentation in honor of the resistance movement that arose in this city against Nazi forces during the Second World War. A special note was made to the young Italian partisans who gathered in the village of Bosco Martese. There they risked deportation, serious reprisals and other barbaric acts.

Tourism

Major tourist attractions include:

Atri, including an erosion phenomenon called "Bolge" and see the treasures of the Count of Aquaviva.

Campli - a characteristic village once owned by the Farnese family. His church of San Paolo holds a Scala Sancta.

Castelli is a village 40 km from Teramo. It is known for its majolica. In the past, local artisans produced pottery for most of the royal houses in Europe.

Civitella del Tronto - Bourbon fortress which is the most visited monument in the Abruzzo region, which surrounds the village and the Salinello gorges. The place is of significant importance in the history of the unification of Italy.

The Teramane hills (Teramo hills) are a very characteristic and significant area where extra virgin olive oil and Abruzzo wines are produced.

Source: Wikipedia
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