The sea of Tortoreto
Tortoreto sea, with its sandy, softly-lowering depth and clearness, meet completely the idea of carefreness for both adults and children.
Sink your feet in the golden sand, walk on the water side letting water lap your feet, let the waves melody rock yourself, dive in the fresh water to relax and recharge. The green palms, colourful oleanders, the taste of the sea and the soft sand, will get you walking along the promenade or between the beach and frisky sea-front. Cycling lovers may enjoy 25km (about 16 miles) of cycle track close to seashore or among the green hills.
The modern and elegant hamlet of Tortoreto Lido is a renowned seaside resort on the Adriatic, located in the northernmost part of Abruzzo. The 4 km of wide beach of fine golden sand, the clear and clean waters with a gently sloping seabed, invite to a pleasant holiday in perfect symbiosis between the sea and the surrounding green hills.
Going up from the Lido, through a scrub formed by olive groves and vineyards, you reach Tortoreto Alto, a charming medieval village located at 227 m, close to the Adriatic Sea. The aerial position of Tortoreto Alto represents a privileged observatory from which, thanks , it is possible to enjoy a unique view of the coast, of the Salinello and Vibrata and Gran Sasso valleys, thanks to the numerous natural balconies suspended in the void.
The historic center of Tortoreto is a system of small squares, narrow streets, arches and towers characterized by the warm tones of brick and which preserve the structure of the fortified village.
Findings found in the area testify to the presence of man in the area since prehistoric times.
The first historical news is from 943 BC: in a document of that year, the court of “Turtustu” is mentioned. The ancient inhabited area conserves ample remains of a first wall of the XIV century, incorporated in the shoe of a second circle of walls datable to the following century. Of particular interest is the church of S. Maria della Misericordia, where you can admire the splendid frescoes executed in 1526 by Giacomo Bonfini and his collaborators.
The highest part of the city, which once housed the local nobility, today is the seat of the Town Hall and some important cultural events.