Atri

Atop a 3-pointed hill close to the Adriatic, Atri is one of the most important historical, cultural and artistic centers of Abruzzo with a landscape known for its canyon-like calanques and partially unexplored caves.   It is a 30 minute drive from Casa Anatra but has spectacular views and it is a great place for evening strolls on weekends.  Be sure to visit the Cattedrale and the large market on Monday mornings.

Note: Keep in mind that most shops close between 1:30pm and 4:00pm

Distance from Casa Anatra: 7km

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Things to see:

  • Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (late 12th century)
  • Palazzo Ducale (Acquaviva), a fortress built at the highest point of the town, now the seat of the municipality
  • Medieval walls with Porta Macelli and Porta S.Domenico
  • Museo Capitolare
  • Church of San Francesco, with beautiful Baroque stairs
  • Church of San Domenico, with two fine paintings by Giacomo Farelli (17th century)
  • A park
  • Caves, still partially unexplored
  • Settlements that are probably prehistoric
  • “Calanchi” in the surrounding hills (canyon-like)

Events:

  • 1 January “Lu S. Antonio”
  • Holy Friday representation of the Passion at nearby Villa Bozza
  • Settimana di Ferragosto Sagra delle Anguille
  • 15 August “La Maggiolata” a parade of traditional oxen-drawn waggons and folk groups
  • 18 August Feast of “tagliolini”, beans, prosciutto and cheese
  • 19 August celebration of San Gabriele
  • 8 December the “faugni”, fires of dry canes in front of the Cathedral at dawn

Best Restaurants:

  • Hostaria Zedi
  • Pizzeria La Piazzetta Di Iommarini Giuseppe e Fabrizio SNC
  • Tosto