Route "ATRI, FROM CALANCHI TO THE HISTORICAL CENTER"
Atri is a small medieval pearl, cities of art of ancient origin, from where you overlook the sea, protected from behind by the Gran Sasso . The tour will wind through the Old Town , where monuments and historic buildings, the fortifications , churches, museums, charming views form a beautiful historic architectural mosaic. to visit and study the subject will be Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta , the medieval The Church of St. Nicholas , Palace Acquaviva , Palazzo Mambelli , bishop's Palace and Seminar , the nineteenth-century Teatro Comunale inspired by the La Scala in Milan and the remains of the fortifications of city whose most impressive example is the port of San Domenico .
Before making entry into the city it will pass through the natural oasis of Badlands of Atri , natural formations, created by millenary erosion clay soil, forming small canyon giving the landscape a unique profile and impressive. The area is Regional Nature Reserve and WWF . The protected area interior is characterized by a very diverse environment: rocks, ponds, small woods, cultivated fields alternate continuously, forming a palette of iridescent colors . Finally to give additional charm to the places contributes to the mystery that surrounds the so-called " Stone of San Paolo ", the miraculous monolith guarded inside a small chapel that according to legend, the stone on which was beheaded Paul of Tarsus in 67 AD
Route "TORRE DEL CERRANO"
(Visit the protected marine area of the oasis of Cerrano and the museum inside the tower)
Between heaven and earth one of water where protect the precious resources of the sea. The marine area of the Torre del Cerrano located in Abruzzo , the "green region of Europe" with more than 30% of the protected territory. In the stretch of Teramo, between two municipalities, Pineto and Silvi, the marine area bordering seven kilometers of coastline and complete a protection program and enhancement of the environment alongside the undersea oases network which allowed, in these years, and the preservation, repopulation and the study of the ' marine ecosystem . In the name, actually a place name, " Torre del Cerrano ", the symbols of the history and identity of this area: Cerrano, the stream that descends from the hills of Atri - where are the beautiful badlands, another protected area - and flows in Silvi marina, and the Tower, built in 1568 by the Spanish, bulwark against Saracen pirates.
The fort , fully restored, overlooking the dunes and is home to a museum of the sea of Pescara exposure, two kilometers from center Pineto . The tower owes its name from the stream that comes down from the hills of Atri, whose mouth is located 500 meters south of the tower. According to historians Strabo and Sorricchio , it was the site of the ancient port of Atri and airport destination of ships laden with grain from Apulia and Sicily. Its construction, as we see it today, in its basal part, dates back to the 1568 through the work of the Spanish kingdom of Naples, under Alfonzo Salazar , even if the work is performed on the ruins of an older already restored in 1287. the tall and sides of the tower are a more recent addition tower, built in the last century by the families who used it before, in 1983, became heritage of the province of Teramo . Today the Tower houses the Museum of the Sea, the Info-point of the Marine Protected Area and the Training Veterinary IZS International Centre.
Route "GARDEN OF OFFICIANAL PLANT"
In locations Propezzano of Morro d'Oro (TE) (a stone's throw from the ancient Benedictine Abbey) is the Medicinal Garden of aromatic plants, medicinal and essence. The visit to this open-air laboratory allows you to make a unique experience, immersive and engaging to know, through guided tours, herbs and medicinal plants. A path from the wild flora of Mediterranean perennial species to cultivated species A significant variety (even from different geographical areas) to rediscover and re-evaluate what they have shown in peasant culture (and that of the Mediterranean people in the course of its history) out of the folk medicine, but also official.
Stressing the importance of the environmental protection , you will know the many properties of natural substances used as flavorings, preservatives, medicines, insecticides and pesticides.
A trip fascinating and instructive to better understand the value of the natural resources and the wealth of agriculture eco-sustainable .
The visits guided group (at least 10 persons) available from March to September include: ITALY