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Atri

Atri

The village of Atri is situated in the district of Terre del Cerrano, the so called Garden Coast, in Abruzzo. The capital of the Duchy, Atri represents one of the centers historically and artistically more significant in central-southern Italy. The village is situated on three hills (Maralto, Muralto and Colle di Mezzo) overlooking the Adriatic Sea, toward which fall, and majestic gullies. From the historic center of Atri in 10 minutes by car you can reach the beaches of sand of the district of Cerrano, where rises yet the sixteenth-century Tower of Cerrano, erected by order of Charles V in the area of the ancient Roman port of the atria. The coastal area is now protected marine area and in the waters in front of the Tower of Cerrano still lie the ruins of the port of the atria.

On the coins towns initialed HAT also appears the wolf or the wolf. Are the oldest existing in the world and were minted, according to many scholars, between the VII and VI centuries B.C. Atri had a flourishing commercial activity with the Etruscans, Umbrians and with Greece toward which exported wine and oil. Was part, with Ascoli Piceno and Ancona, of the people of the Piceni who formed the Italic League together with the vestini, interamnensi, Marrucini, frentani, Peligni, Marsians, cerecini, the Samnites, etc., all italic people, confederate against Rome. Its important port enabled her to boast a feared fleet and have commercial contacts flourishing with Greece, despite the ships were often attacked by pirates Illyrians. Become a latin colony in the 289 a.C., Hatria still continued to fly its currency. He distinguished himself in the battle by accumulating awards and privileges. In the imperial period the city continued to be an important center, gave origin to the family of the emperor Adriano, believed that his second homeland and in it he overlaid the charge of five years to life and curator muneris public. From the same family, italica, moved in Spain was also born the emperor Trajan, his kinsman. In the early Middle Ages because of the barbarian invasions and then Pirates Illyrians, Saracens, of Hungarians, etc. it was subject to a long period of decline and abandonment. Up to the end of the XIII century we have little news of the city that, under the Longobards, was part of the Duchy of Spoleto and in the XII century was feud of main accounts of Apruzio. In 1305 was completed the majestic cathedral, national monument, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and famous for its excellent cycle of frescoes of the abruzzese artist Andrea De Lithium. In 1393, the atria was sold for 35,000 ducats to the count of San Flaviano Antonio Acquaviva, that was the first of 19 Dukes, which from 1455 obtained for marriage the county of Conversano, and Atri became the capital of the duchy.

The historic center of Atri is rich of monuments, palaces, museums, characteristic alleys and squares. Each building, even the smallest, has a history of its own. The wealth and the importance of the monuments, the very well preserved historic center, ordered and rich in plants and flowers (many times awarded by Italia Nostra, which has its headquarters in the city) have meant that the Courts were to be proclaimed to all effects art cities.

Its fascinating historical center is a maze of narrow streets that have preserved the ancient medieval appearance in some points upset on the model of the roman city. The course Helium Adriano, for example, connects the two most important points of the city, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Dukes Acquaviva (said Piazza del Comune, already Piazza Guglielmo Marconi), which in the Roman period were precisely the baths and the hole. Characteristic especially the Rione of Capo d'Atri, one of Santa Maria and San Giovanni (near Porta San Domenico), with tiny streets that sometimes permit the passage of one person at a time. The external architecture of the monuments remained in medieval prevalence, while the interior in the baroque has undergone many alterations, as happened to the churches of San Domenico and Santa Chiara. There are also many museums (well 6), which make it the city with the largest number of museums in the Abruzzi. The wealth of artistic and historical heritage in general cultural testimony of the great importance and great history that Atri has had in the past.

On the coast in front of Atri, near the so-called Tower of Cerrano, it is assumed that there are in the waters of the Adriatic sea, on a sandy seabed between 5 and 15 meters, the submerged ruins of the ancient port of Atri. Hypothetical remains of a pier in the shape of an "L", masonry, slabs in Istria stone, columns and various articles.

Many traditional events in the course of the year and the typical products that can be tasted in the territory and in the village. Among the most famous pecorino cheese of Atri, the arrosticini, honey, licorice, maccheroni with the crumb, oil and sweet Pan Ducale. Among the wines we remember the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, the Trebbiano and Chardonnay.

Municipality of Atri
Province of Teramo
Abruzzo Region

Inhabitants: 10.772
Altitude center: 444 m a.s.l.

Protected Natural Areas:
Guided Natural Reserve Calanchi di Atri

Atri: the taste of Pecorino cheese in the shadow of art treasures

Ancient centre in the province of Teramo between churches, museums, liquorice, arrosticini and the excellent Pecorino cheese

Next or present Events

  • I Faugni (li Faégnë)
    08-12-2017
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2017-12-08 2017-12-08 Europe/Rome I Faugni (li Faégnë) Each year, at the dawn of 8 December, in Atri repeats the ancient popular tradition of faugni (from the latin "fauns ignis", fire of the Faun). The peasants accendevano of fires, a propitiatory purpose before the winter solstice, in honor of the Faun; associated to the fertility of the earth. On the evening of 7 December the priest blesses the bonfire that will give light to the Faugni. The tour of the faugni ends in Piazza del Duomo, where the bundles of reeds ardent form a great bonfire. The procession is very festive, and sees proceed the Faugni (that sometimes can even reach 100) for the streets of the village, becoming true "rivers" of fire. Over the centuries the original pagan rite has been mixed with the Catholic feast for the Immaculate Conception of Mary, for whom today the procession of the burners and the great bonfire in front of the Cathedral are followed by the celebration of the mass in the morning in honor of the Madonna. Between 18 and 19 p.m. there is the procession with the statue of the Immaculate, statue dressed of Madonna del 1800, hoisted on a canopy of the same period (the height of the statue might be about 2 m.). In the evening of 8 December, finally, after the procession all concludes with the illumination of the two pupae, dummies from likenesses for women which are animated by two people hiding in the hollow interior of the phantoms. Pupae dance at the sound of the music of the band and illuminate fireworks display. After This pyrotechnical spectacle, from earth, launched by special machinery in wood that brighten up the night sky and give appointment to the next year. Since 2006, to the feast of the Faugni is related white night, with the opening night of all bars, clubs, pubs and museums and some churches. Atri

    Each year, at the dawn of 8 December, in Atri repeats the ancient popular tradition of faugni (from the latin "fauns ignis", fire of the Faun). The peasants accendevano of fires, a propitiatory purpose before the winter solstice, in honor of the Faun; associated to the fertility of the earth. On the evening of 7 December the priest blesses the bonfire that will give light to the Faugni. The tour of the faugni ends in Piazza del Duomo, where the bundles of reeds ardent form a great bonfire. The procession is very festive, and sees proceed the Faugni (that sometimes can even reach 100) for the streets of the village, becoming true "rivers" of fire. Over the centuries the original pagan rite has been mixed with the Catholic feast for the Immaculate Conception of Mary, for whom today the procession of the burners and the great bonfire in front of the Cathedral are followed by the celebration of the mass in the morning in honor of the Madonna. Between 18 and 19 p.m. there is the procession with the statue of the Immaculate, statue dressed of Madonna del 1800, hoisted on a canopy of the same period (the height of the statue might be about 2 m.). In the evening of 8 December, finally, after the procession all concludes with the illumination of the two pupae, dummies from likenesses for women which are animated by two people hiding in the hollow interior of the phantoms. Pupae dance at the sound of the music of the band and illuminate fireworks display. After This pyrotechnical spectacle, from earth, launched by special machinery in wood that brighten up the night sky and give appointment to the next year. Since 2006, to the feast of the Faugni is related white night, with the opening night of all bars, clubs, pubs and museums and some churches.

  • Procession of dead Christ
    30-03-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-03-30 2018-03-30 Europe/Rome Procession of dead Christ Atri

  • Our Lady of Pompeii
    02-04-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-04-02 2018-04-02 Europe/Rome Our Lady of Pompeii It is celebrated since 1899 in suburban Contrada della Cona. The procession takes place in the morning, after noon Mass (only procession that in Atri still takes place before the Vespro). Atri

    It is celebrated since 1899 in suburban Contrada della Cona. The procession takes place in the morning, after noon Mass (only procession that in Atri still takes place before the Vespro).

  • Santa Reparata
    08-04-2018
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-04-08 2018-04-08 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata Atri

  • Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine
    09-04-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-04-09 2018-04-09 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine Atri

  • Santa Croce
    From 01-05-2018
    To 03-05-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-05-01 2018-05-03 Europe/Rome Santa Croce The celebrations take place in contrada Santa Croce (or Crucifix, which is located along the directrix of the sea, at the side of the provincial road 28 to Pineto), where is located the church of the Crucifix, made to restructure in the fifties by an atrian emigrated he returned to his homeland. The emigrated, started from Atri to the war in the forties and then moved to the United States, made a vow to the Crucified to restructure the church in his honor at the time abandoned if it would bring him luck in travel. The emigrated to America made his fortune and returned in Abruzzo ristrutturò the church of Santa Croce (which today presents in appearance conferred upon him around 1950) and will put even a small relic of the Cross. Atri

    The celebrations take place in contrada Santa Croce (or Crucifix, which is located along the directrix of the sea, at the side of the provincial road 28 to Pineto), where is located the church of the Crucifix, made to restructure in the fifties by an atrian emigrated he returned to his homeland. The emigrated, started from Atri to the war in the forties and then moved to the United States, made a vow to the Crucified to restructure the church in his honor at the time abandoned if it would bring him luck in travel. The emigrated to America made his fortune and returned in Abruzzo ristrutturò the church of Santa Croce (which today presents in appearance conferred upon him around 1950) and will put even a small relic of the Cross.

  • Santa Rita da Cascia
    From 19-05-2018
    To 22-05-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-05-19 2018-05-22 Europe/Rome Santa Rita da Cascia Feast deeply felt by the population, also because the saint would have done great miracles to atriani, affected by very serious illnesses. Atri

    Feast deeply felt by the population, also because the saint would have done great miracles to atriani, affected by very serious illnesses.

  • Sant'Antonio da Padova
    13-06-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-06-13 2018-06-13 Europe/Rome Sant'Antonio da Padova Atri

  • Madonna delle Grazie
    02-07-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-07-02 2018-07-02 Europe/Rome Madonna delle Grazie Atri

  • Feast of Assunta and opening of the Holy Door of the Duomo
    From 14-08-2018
    To 15-08-2018
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-08-14 2018-08-15 Europe/Rome Feast of Assunta and opening of the Holy Door of the Duomo Atri

  • Maggiolata
    15-08-2018
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2018-08-15 2018-08-15 Europe/Rome Maggiolata Parade of oxcarts. Atri

    Parade of oxcarts.

  • Atri at Table
    From 01-07-2018
    To 31-08-2018
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2018-07-01 2018-08-31 Europe/Rome Atri at Table Represents the highest gastronomic festival of the Abruzzo. Atri

    Represents the highest gastronomic festival of the Abruzzo.

  • Feast ot he grapes and The Blessed Virgin of SS. Rosary
    06-10-2018
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2018-10-06 2018-10-06 Europe/Rome Feast ot he grapes and The Blessed Virgin of SS. Rosary First weekend of October Atri

    First weekend of October

Other Events

  • May/June (Sunday after the SS. Trinità) - Corpus Domini. There is the traditional Infiorata, typical of many Italian villages; since morning men and women prepare the petals and drawings for the large floral carpet that verrà prepared in Piazza Duomo and where passerà the procession. 
  • Casoli Pint. Since 1996 held in the hamlet of Casoli and foresees the construction of murals on the walls of the houses by painters from all over the world who have covered with works of art and the external walls of the houses, renewing the appearance of Casoli and transforming the small village in an outdoor museum. The artists are hosted by the inhabitants for the whole time of the realization of the works.
  • Reportage Atria Festival. Festival dedicated to the photographic reportage. Has a full program of events, exhibitions and meetings that tell individually and together the soul and the meaning of the trade of the reporter. The artistic direction is made by Toni Capuozzo (TG5). Attended: Paolo Woods, Marco Anelli, Marco Di Lauro, Paolo Pellegrin.
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