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Torricella Sicura
—  Comune  —
Comune di Torricella Sicura

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Torricella Sicura is located in Italy
Torricella Sicura
Location of Torricella Sicura in Italy
Coordinates: 42°39′N 13°39′E / 42.65°N 13.65°E / 42.65; 13.65Coordinates: 42°39′N 13°39′E / 42.65°N 13.65°E / 42.65; 13.65
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province Teramo (TE)
Frazioni Abetemozzo, Antanemuccio, Borgonovo, Costumi, Corvacchiano, Ginepri, Ioanella, Magliano, Morricone, Pastignano, Piano Grande, Poggio Rattieri, Poggio Valle, San Felice, San Pietro, Tizzano, Valle Piola, Villa Popolo, Villa Riccio, Villa Tofo
Area
 - Total 54 km2 (20.8 sq mi)
Elevation 437 m (1,434 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
 - Total 2,724
 - Density 50.4/km2 (130.7/sq mi)
 - Demonym Torricellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 64010
Dialing code 0861
Patron saint Saint Paul
Saint day 29 June
Website Official website
Torricella Sicura Town Center
Snow Covered Church

Torricella Sicura is a town and comune in the province of Teramo, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It is located in the natural park known as the "Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park".

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Geography

The town is located about four miles from the provincial capital of Teramo. It is divided into neighborhoods :

  • Torricella Oscura
  • Torricella Scarpone - the area surrounding the town castle
  • Torricella Romana - the area surrounding the house of the illustrious Romani family
  • Torricella Case Nuove - area in which homes have most recently been constructed
  • Centro - town centre

History

The town most likely takes the first part of its name from an ancient castle once found just to the north. The local gentry still refer to this area as "lu castille" (the castle). In the late 1700s there is mention of an underground tunnel that led from the castle to the surrounding countryside. Legend has it that somewhere in this area is an enormous grotto containing a vast treasure under the watchful of an enormous serpent. The second part of the town's name, "Sicura" is thought to be a derivation of "Sicula", with reference to an indigenous people living in the area in the first millennium BCE.

Surrounding the town are vestiges of Roman Empire and High Middle Ages epochs. Also present are temple ruins, ancient Roman graves, and a mysterious altar dedicated to an unknown deity. One monumental inscription is dedicated to the High Priestess "Numisia" and others speak of the presence of a thermal bathhouse.

Sights

Located in the town is a private museum devoted to the folklore of Torricella Sicura and the surrounding area. It includes more than 16,000 pieces of memorabilia divided into three main sections. The first is a presentation of very detailed and accurate historical farming scenes done in miniature 1:5 scale. The second is collection of farming tools, many of which date from the 1800s and early 1900s. The third portion is a "virtual museum" in which information about the customs and typical professions of the past is presented in a multimedia internet site. The founder of the museum, Gino Di Benedetto, has taken great care and expense to make his collection of historical objects as authentic as possible.

  • The main place of worship in Torricella Sicura is the Parish Church, Saint Paul the Apostle, named after the patron saint of the town. It is located in the center of Torricella Sicura and is noted for its majestic bell tower.
  • A smaller church is called Madonna delle Vergini (Madonna of the Virgins), often referred to as "Chiesa della Cona" (Church of the Icon) in reference to its links to the Virgin Mother.

Famous residents

Torricella Sicura is known as the birthplace of Mario Capuani, a young doctor who supported the Italian partisans and was subsequently shot to death by German troops during the last phases of World War II.

Frazioni (outlying areas)

Abetemozzo, Antanemuccio, Borgonovo, Colle Fiorito, Colle Sansonesco, Corvacchiano, Costumi, Faognano, Fornaci, Galliano, Ginepri, Ioanella, Magliano, Morricone, Pastignano, Piano Grande, Poggio Rattieri, Poggio Valle, Prognetto, San Felice, San Pietro ad Azzano, Santa Chiara, Santo Stefano, Scorzone, Tizzano, Valle Piola, Villa Popolo, Villa Riccio, Villa Tofo

References

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Italy : Central Italy : Abruzzo : Teramo : Torricella Sicura
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Torricella Sicura from Piane Delfico with snow covered Gran Sasso in the background
Torricella Sicura from Piane Delfico with snow covered Gran Sasso in the background
Snowy street in winter
Snowy street in winter

Torricella Sicura is a commune in the Province of Teramo in the Abruzzo Region of Italy.

Get in

Take the pullman bus directly from Rome to nearby Teramo. It is also possible to reach Teramo by train from Rome but this trip actually takes a great deal more time.

Get around

Best to have a car if possible in order to see the sights. It is possible to walk to Teramo but the trip will take you the better part of an hour.

See

A private Ethnographic (Folklore) Museum located right in the middle of the old downtown.

  • Minestrone e Pecora alla Callara - festival of soup and lamb in the summer sun. Culinary event and celebration which takes place each July
  • Sagra del Formaggio Fritto (Festival of Fried Cheese) in Villa Popolo - gala of delicacies and local food items early June each year
  • Al Tizzone (The Charcoal) - Via Mario Capuani 1, 64010 (TE) 0861/554171
  • La Pineta - Seriously good food at an excellent price. Not to miss!!
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