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Teramo

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The Province of Teramo borders on The Marches Region (to the north), the Province of Pescara and L'Aquila (south) and Lazio (west); it is characterized by the eastern side of the Apennines and by valleys gently sloping towards the Adriatic coastline. Its territory counts 47 municipalities; in addition to the chief town Teramo, the most densely-populated ones are Roseto degli Abruzzi and Giulianova
The Piceni are one of the ancient populations that inhabited this area, which then was included in the territory of The Marches. The Province of Teramo was established in 1806 by the Kingdom of Naples, separating it from the actual province of L'Aquila.
The territory of Teramo is dominated by two major mountains: the Laga massif, with its woods, gorges and waterfalls, and the Gran Sasso d'Italia, representing the western border of the province and culminating with the Corno Grande (9,554 ft). Europe's southernmost glacier, the Calderone, also calls this area home. 

On the coastline are the "seven sisters," the Province's seven seaside resorts, with their sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate that fosters the growth of palms, pine trees and oleanders.
However, the Province is mostly hilly. One of the several rivers flowing along the valleys is the Vomano, that eventuall forms Lake Campotosto.

In Roman times, Teramo was called Interammnia (city between two rivers), as it is crossed by the Tordino and the Vezzola rivers. It is 20 km far from the adriatic coastline and 40 km far from the Gran Sasso.
 It's a historical and very charming city: its foundation dates back to Phoenician times and it is still full of archaeological finds proving the passage of different peoples, such as funerary treasures similar to the Picene tombs ones. Today its monuments testify its different dominations, from Francesco Sforza to Alfonso d'Aragona, from the Spanish and the French to the Realm of Naples in the XIX century. 
The major museum is the F. Savini Archaeological Museum. Among the major artistic monuments of the city there is the Romanesque Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Bernardo. The Church of the Madonna delle Grazie, raising on a Benedectine convent, is also sightworthy. Among its historical buildings there is the Melatino house (Largo Melatini), a 12th century medieval building.

Roseto degli Abruzzi, best known as Lido delle Rose, is one of the major tourist resorts of the coast: its wide sandy beaches and shallow waters are among the most beautiful and cleanest of the Adriatic Sea. The hilly part of the city is also rather nice to visit: the Church of Sant'Antimo, probably built by Pope Sisto V, and the Church of the Santissima Annunziata, dating back to the end of the 16th century, are sightworthy. In summer, the Roseto Opera Prima film festival brightens up the coastline by bringing together many Italian filmmakers and movie stars. 

Giulianova was built on an ancient Roman settlement, Castrum Novum. Today it is an important industrial center and tourist resort in the region. It consists of the coastal area and the old city center, built in the 16th Century at the top of a hill. Here we find the Duomo of San Flaviano, the seaside Belvedere at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the Sanctuary of the Madonna dello Splendore, celebrating the apparition of the Madonna to a peasant in 1557. The Museum of Art dello Splendore, the Torrione "Il Bianco" Archaeological Museum, the Hall of the Sculptor Raffaello Pagliaccetti, the de' Bartolomei Chapel and the Gaetano Braga House-Museum are also quite remarkable. 
Finally, the necropolis of Campovalano includes about 10,000 tombs, presumably related to the presence of the Piceni people. 

The province of Teramo with its natural reserves is the ideal destination for those who love photographybirdwatching and trekking
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is the largest and most important protected area in Europe: its 150,000 hectares of land are spread over three regions (Abruzzo, The Marches and Lazio) and five provinces (L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, Ascoli Piceno and Rieti). The Park is the home of 1,600 vegetal species and  typical Apennine fauna: the wolf, the Abruzzo chamois, the bear and the golden eagle. You can make many different excursions, also by mountain bike, to completely immerse yourself in nature's calm and beauty. 
Among the most famous trails there is the "On the trail of Annibale" intinerary through the Laga mountains, along with the trail for horse trekking in the Gemelli Mountains, in the area of the characteristically horseshoe-shaped Clampi Mountain. The Valla Siciliana offers many trekking trails, such as Lu gir de lu Ncuume, a panoramic trail crossing several fields in bloom during springtime. When the valley is covered in snow, the ideal trip is on the Cima Ala and Montagnone da Cerchiara.

The coast offers a variety of possibilities for those who like water sports. Bathing facilities have sport areas, as well as many clubs, pubs, disco-bars, the Aquapark, the cart-racing track and riding schools. 
In summer, every town organizes cultural activities and enogastronomic events to promote local products and artisan traditions. The sagre or food fairs in the Province are known throughout Italy for the quality and authenticity of the food and wine products they promote.

The Province's typical products are based on local fruit and rural flavors. The harvesting and selling of Valle Castellana chesnuts dates back to the 13th Century. The pecorino marcetto is a typical inland cheese, creamy and gold, with its strong smell and strong flavor. 
The ventricina teramana is produced between the mountains and hills of the Laga and the Gran Sasso. It is an especially fat salami (50-60% of the mixture), fine-grained and spreadable, light in color and spicy. 

The Millefiori mountain honey is especially tasty. The Laga truffle (both black and white) is one of the most precious and sought-after products, typically Italian but sold all over the world.
The symbol of this Teramo Province's cuisine are the sheep arrosticini, little cubes of sheep meat cooked on a skewer. Another typical dish is the 'Ndocca 'ndocca, a recipe based on the less valuable parts of pork (ears, snout, trotters, tail, spare ribs...). 
Extra-virgin olive oil seasons many typical dishes of Teramo, both based on meat and seafood. Along the coast it is possible to taste the sea hors d'oeuvre alla giuliese, typical of Giulianova: it is based on prawns, squids, clams and sole. 
At Christmas Eve it is traditional to cook stockfish, a very tasty dish that requires three days of preparation and is based on oil, onion, spices, chestnuts, nuts and raisins. 
The most appreciated typical wines are: Montepulciano d'AbruzzoTrebbiano d'AbruzzoControguerra and the Colli Abrutini.