CHIETI
From the mountains of Abruzzo to the Trabocchi Coast
ROUTES AND CIVILISATIONS OF TRANSHUMANCE (UNESCO CANDIDATE 2015)

The province of Chieti is characterised by paths and cattle tracks, which are the most significant monuments of the area and testify to the economic and social history of the Apennine territories between Abruzzo and Molise and the Tavoliere delle Puglie. These paths were created many centuries ago and were connected to those economic activities based on pastoralism; they are now protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. In May 2015, the Routes and Civilisations of Transhumance became a candidate to be one of the sites of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List: the aim is to enhance the tourist and cultural value of these paths and tracks.

The most important track, which is located in the province of Chieti, is the Tratturo Magno. It starts off from L’ Aquila and reaches Foggia after covering 244 km, and passing through a number of different towns, such as Chieti, Lanciano and Vasto, which are ancient towns dating back to the pre-Roman era and rich in signs from later ages. Another track passing through the province of Chieti, at the foot of the massif of Majella (the highest peak is Mount Amaro, 2793 m a.s.l.), is known as the Centurelle Montesecco. It covers 155 km and starts off at the S. Maria di Centurelli church, near Civitaretenga, in the L’ Aquila area, and reaches Molise and the above mentioned Tratturo.

Gabriele d'Annunzio was inspired by transhumance and so he wrote his poem “Pastori” (Shepherds) thanks to which he tells his readers about the slow journey of shepherds and flocks from the Abruzzo mountains to the green grazing land of Puglia, and to the much loved and cherished Trabocchi Coast, a rocky area of the Adriatic coast in the province of Chieti, characterised by the use of trabocchi, pile-dwelling fishing buildings, which are now important tourist attractions and where people enjoy very tasty seafood.

SURROUNDINGS

Bucchianico, Fara San Martino, Francavilla al mare, Guardiagrele, Pretoro.

MAIN CONNECTIONS

Abruzzo Airport (Chieti-Pescara)

Adriatic railway line, M14 (Motorway A14).

CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI CHIETI

Tel: +39 0871 354318
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PROPOSED
ROUTE

DAY 1

You get to Chieti in the early afternoon. Check-in at the hotel and visit to the city centre and the city museums. Dinner will be organised at the Fara Filiorum Petri in a farm (agritourism) and food served will be the traditional food that people used to eat during transhumance.

DAY 2

Guided tour of Lanciano, and the paths and tracks of the town; you’ll also visit the Miracolo Eucaristico and the medieval hamlet. Wine tasting lunch will be offered in a wine cellar. During the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a walk or a bike ride along the Trabocchi Coast. Dinner will be at one of the trabocchi.

DAY 3

Guided tour of Lanciano, and the paths and tracks of the town; you’ll also visit the Miracolo Eucaristico and the medieval hamlet. Wine tasting lunch will be offered in a wine cellar. During the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a walk or a bike ride along the Trabocchi Coast. Dinner will be at one of the trabocchi.

DAY 4

Check-out and return trip.