Silvi, Pineto, Roseto, Giulianova, Tortoreto, Alba Adriatica and Martinsicuro. These towns are popularly known as the Seven Sisters of the Teramo coast, where a wide beach acts as a backdrop to the sea that constantly displays the blue flag of the european Union. Tourism in Abruzzo was born here in the second half of the ninenteenth century, wehn the Adriatic railway was built, generating these towns.
From then on, the countrified middle classes and the aristocracy discovered the beauty of the coastal pine forest and the enchanting sea, and so a new life began for the Seven Sisters. Nowadays, every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists chose to spend their summer holidays in this part of Abruzzo, with its strong traditions and state of the art facilities.
Let us begin our journey in Silvi, the ancient wooded Silva whose old town is preserved like a jewel, and where, during summer evenings, tourists enjoy the sea breeze and a view that embraces the whole coastline. Travelling north along the road flanked by campsited and old noble homes, we come across the ancient sighting tower of Cerrano, which dates back to the thirteenth century. It stands on the site of a busy ancient port that used to serve the whole area. The scenery here is enchanting, with a wide beach that is sheltered by a tamarisk thicket and Mediterranean pine trees. The beach opposite the tower is the place where the young generations chise tospend evenings listening to music, drinking sangia and watching shooting stars. Today the tower is the symbol of this stretch of coastline, where mankind seems to have stopped as its entrance, not wanting to enter and disturb the real owners of this place: the shooting stars, the birds and the sound of the waves.
Today the tower, with its eastern outlines, houses an observatory that particularly requires silence and peace. The beach and sea in front of the Tower is a Marine Protected Area with its rules in order to protect and preserve its flora and fauna.
Pineto is silent, too, resting between the crystal sea and an ancient pine forest, it is the second city of the Terre del Cerrano (Cerrano Lands) area, which joins the coastal pine wooded area to Atri, a real jewel of Roman origins, which rivals Adria in the Veneto region, the town which the Adriatic sea was named after. Even thought it is not by the sea, the ancient Hatria was once a very important town whose influence extended over the whole Northern Abruzzo, and its port, which was just a few kilometres away from the city, was one of the mst powerful in the area. Nowadays the town of Atri houses the Duchy Palace, which belonged to the anti-Turkish hero Giovangirolamo d’Acquaviva, as well as a municipal theatre, which was recently restored, and which dates back to the Italian Risorgimento period. Atri is also particularly famed as a liquorice-producing district.
Continuing further North we find Roseto (rose garden), another town that takes its name form the lush natural surroundings of this area, and yet another well-established tourist resort. Until the end of the nineteenth century, this important town was in the hills, and was called Rosburgo: the contruction of the railway caused the residential area to move into the valley. Roseto offers a wide range of varied entertainment thanks to its numerous bars and discos and the events that it holds in the medieval area of Montepagano, aìsuch as Calici sotto le stelle (Chalices under the stars) in July-August (depoending on the organization), which is promoted by the Movement for wine-tourism.
Giulianova is the most important of the seven sisters. This Roman city was once linked to the domination of Hatria, and today it is a point of reference for the Navy of the Middle Adriatic. Some of the most renowned fish restaurants in the central Italy are to be found along its seafront. Travelling northwards the last three seaside resorts are Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto and Martinsicuro, towns that nowadays offer first rate hotels and tourist facilities. Many families (Italian and foresigner) come here as this final stretch of coastline also has an impressive variety of entertainment, from one of the largest water parks in Italy (Onda Blu) to discos that are part of the most popular deejay circuits.
Text from “Adria Waves Abruzzo 2/06″