A town rich in history
Situated on the three hills of Maralto, Muralto and Colle di Mezzo, which belong to the Terre del Cerrano district, Atri is a historic town in Abruzzo, nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso Massif. The centre retains its medieval layout, but remains of the Roman city, such as the ancient theatre, are still visible in the archaeological area.
We recommend a visit to the 13th century Co-Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta with its large portal, rose window and bell tower. Inside, the choir houses the largest cycle of frescoes in the entire region, a masterpiece by Andrea de Litio. Attached to the cathedral is the Church of Santa Reparata in the shape of a Greek cross from 1355, later revised in the 17th century. Civil buildings include the Palace of the Dukes of Acquaviva, now the Town Hall, which houses a 16th century Nativity scene inside.
A visit to the characteristic district of Capo d'Atri, the district of Santa Maria and the district of San Giovanni, with streets so narrow that only one person can pass at a time, is not to be missed.
In 5 minutes by car you can reach the Calanchi di Atri Regional Nature Reserve, a protected area of 380 hectares full of beautiful itineraries that can be undertaken either independently or with an expert guide. If you love the sea, just a few kilometres away are the towns of Roseto degli Abruzzi and Silvi Marina.