Abruzzo - Atri
The ancient Hatria seems to have given its name to the Adriatic Sea and the birthplace of the family of Emperor Hadrian.
Roman colony, Atri suffered the barbarian invasions and numerous foreign dominations at the fall of the empire.
Under the dominion of the Acquaviva family, which ruled the city continuously from the 12th to 18th centuries, it reached its maximum splendor.
Religious symbol of Atri is the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta, built in 1285 and recently restored.
Remarkable is also the adjoining Museum, which preserves precious relics. Worthy of a visit are the majestic Palazzo Ducale degli Acquaviva, now the town hall, the Church of S. Reparata and many other monuments of considerable historical and artistic importance.
Atri is famous for its ancient fountains, caves and especially for the gullies, true architectures of nature. Festivals and fairs: 15th August parade of aprutini cars with folk groups; 18 August feast of noodles and beans, ham and cheese; August 19, feast of St. Gabriel.
In the first room there are many archaeological finds recovered by the eminent atrian scholar Vincenzo Rosati. The second room is dedicated to the prehistory of the Abruzzi territory. The protohistoric hall is the most striking: there are two intact burial sites excavated at the beginning of the 20th century. Noteworthy are the outfits, mostly female and childish, dating from around the first three quarters of the sixth century BC. C .. They come from 22 burials excavated in the Atri necropolis.