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Stage 10 - Lanciano - Tortoreto

Stage 10

Lanciano, situated in the hills between the Trabocchi Coast and the Majella, kicks off the tenth stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia.

Stage 10 - Lanciano-Tortoreto

Lanciano is a destination for lovers of the Middle Ages thanks to the structure of the old town, dotted with buildings from the medieval and Renaissance periods with fine late Romanesque churches, but also for pilgrimages.
In fact, the relics of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle known to us (750 AD) are preserved in the Church of San Francesco. During the Holy Mass, a priest, doubtful about the actual presence of the body of Our Lord inside the consecrated host, saw the host transform into flesh and the blood into wine immediately after having uttered the words of the consecration.


Church of San Francesco, Lanciano

Pedalling towards the coast, the convoy passes a few kilometres from one of the 23 most beautiful villages in Italy found in Abruzzo, Rocca San Giovanni, which tells a story almost a thousand years old.
Nestled between the green hills and the blue of the sea, the village overlooks the Trabocchi Coast, the splendid stretch of Abruzzo's coastline that extends from San Salvo to Ortona and takes its name from its characteristic ancient fishing machines on stilts.
Some historical trabocchi are today enchanting restaurants on the sea, in the true sense of the word.

Trabocco Punta Cavalluccio, Rocca San Giovanni


Continuing on the coastal road to the north, Ortona is definitely worth a stop, with its evocative Passeggiata Orientale from which you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama, the Cathedral of San Tommaso and Castello Aragonese. You will also find Francavilla a Mare, a delightful seaside resort with quiet beaches and equipped lidos, suitable for families, those seeking relaxation and sports, but also young people who love nightlife

Passeggiata Orientale, Ortona


At this point, the Giro d'Italia turns towards the hinterland to reach Chieti, one of the oldest cities in Italy and whose foundation – legend has it – was linked to Achilles.
In a panoramic location between the Majella mountains and the Adriatic, Chieti preserves an artistic, cultural and architectural heritage of great value. These range from the noble palazzos, bulwarks of its medieval past, to major museums like the National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo with its Italic and Roman remains. Among these, the famous Warrior of Capestrano stands out: a sculpture from the 6th century BC which has become a symbol of Abruzzo and its identity.

Corso Marrucino, Chieti

Return to the coast to cross Roseto degli Abruzzi, nicknamed "Lido delle Rose", one of the most important tourist centres of the Abruzzo coast and one of the seven pearls of Teramo's "garden coast". Don't miss the chance to walk through the medieval streets of the nearby village of Montepagano, from which Roseto originated 135 years ago.

Montepagano


Before completing the stage, the Giro d'Italia convoy crosses Giulianova, which takes its name from its founder Giulio Antonio Acquaviva. This mercenary leader built it at the end of the 15th century with the aim of creating an "ideal Renaissance city". It is one of the first 15th-century Renaissance urban planning experiments in Italy, which gave life to a system of squares, streets, churches and defensive structures waiting to be discovered.

Giulianova

The tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia ends in Tortoreto, a renowned seaside resort divided into an upper part, the ancient medieval village, and the Lido, featuring numerous Art Nouveau villas that give the seafront an aristocratic and elegant appearance.

Tortoreto Lido

By bike

Abruzzo by bicycle

Between ancient walls and luxuriant vineyards: from Francavilla al Mare to Crecchio
A 69 km circular route, of low difficulty, which starts and ends in Francavilla al Mare, passing via the villages of Miglianico, Giuliano Teatino, Guardiagrele, Orsogna, Arielli and Crecchio. Discover the itinerar

Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Guardiagrele

For keen cyclists who want to retrace the roads of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, we recommend the Ortona-Ortona circular bike tour. Download the map and the GPX route by clicking on this link.

Anello cicloturistico Ortona-Ortona

 
From this link you can download the summary map of the cycling routes in Abruzzo.
The map offers a quick overview of the different itineraries classified according to route length, height difference, average gradient and maximum gradient. Each itinerary is marked with a coloured dot that identifies the difficulty level: green – easy, blue – medium, red – challenging. Once you've identified the route you're interested in, you can download the map and the GPX itinerary from this link

Mappa percorsi cicloturistici in Abruzzo

For those seeking inspiration, here is a list of cycling itineraries suggested by Abruzzo Turismo to let you travel freely and sustainably in contact with nature, art and unforgettable landscapes. Discover the itineraries.