Ancient centre in the province of Teramo between churches, museums, liquorice, arrosticini and the excellent Pecorino cheese
 
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Atri: the taste of Pecorino cheese in the shadow of art treasures

Atri: the taste of Pecorino cheese in the shadow of art treasures

Ancient centre in the province of Teramo between churches, museums, liquorice, arrosticini and the excellent Pecorino cheese.

Just a few steps from the Adriatic Sea, this is a land of history and culture but also one of flavours and extraordinary typical products. Among the most interesting villages in Abruzzo, Atri is an unmissable stop for those who come to the lands of Teramo. From its 442 metres of height, it dominates the surrounding valleys and by going there you can appreciate with just one look its bell towers that stand out against the populated centre.

Rich in stately homes, monuments, churches, museums, squares and alleys, Atri’s old town centre has preserved its medieval aspect; the main points of interest of the village, which are connected by Corso Elio Adriano, are Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Duchi Acquaviva, also known as Piazza del Comune. Particularly attractive are also the districts of Capo d’Atri, San Giovanni and the one of Santa Maria.

Atri is a city yet to be discovered and explored but also to be tasted. The local specialties that you can buy and taste are numerous, from honey to liquorice, from extra virgin olive oil to the arrosticini, sheep meat cubes stuck on long twigs and cooked on the grill, from maccheroni with bread crumbs to the sweet Pan Ducale, one of the most representative products of Atri’s cuisine since 1300 made with eggs, sugar, flour, almonds and chocolate. Then we have the wines, like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Chardonnay and Trebbiano, and again the cheese like Pecorino. Historical local specialty, the Pecorino from Atri is a cheese made with raw whole milk from sheep. With a hard or semi-hard texture, it has a different crust depending on the ageing; the taste too varies its intensity depending on how old the cheese is, from 40 days to two years. The aged ones have a definitely spicy taste, which is suitable for being grated. It is quite good also if it is conserved in local extra virgin olive oil, after being aged for 40-60 days in bran or ash. You can taste it alone but also combined with bread and seasonal vegetables. Depending on the level of ageing, it can be matched with a white wine or a particularly well structured red one. It is certainly one of the treasures of this beautiful city in Abruzzo.

By Luca Sartori
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Events in Atri

  • I Faugni (li Faégnë)
    08-12-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-12-08 2019-12-08 Europe/Rome I Faugni (li Faégnë) Each year, at the dawn of 8 December, in Atri repeats the ancient popular tradition of faugni (from the latin "fauns ignis", fire of the Faun). The peasants accendevano of fires, a propitiatory purpose before the winter solstice, in honor of the Faun; associated to the fertility of the earth. On the evening of 7 December the priest blesses the bonfire that will give light to the Faugni. The tour of the faugni ends in Piazza del Duomo, where the bundles of reeds ardent form a great bonfire. The procession is very festive, and sees proceed the Faugni (that sometimes can even reach 100) for the streets of the village, becoming true "rivers" of fire. Over the centuries the original pagan rite has been mixed with the Catholic feast for the Immaculate Conception of Mary, for whom today the procession of the burners and the great bonfire in front of the Cathedral are followed by the celebration of the mass in the morning in honor of the Madonna. Between 18 and 19 p.m. there is the procession with the statue of the Immaculate, statue dressed of Madonna del 1800, hoisted on a canopy of the same period (the height of the statue might be about 2 m.). In the evening of 8 December, finally, after the procession all concludes with the illumination of the two pupae, dummies from likenesses for women which are animated by two people hiding in the hollow interior of the phantoms. Pupae dance at the sound of the music of the band and illuminate fireworks display. After This pyrotechnical spectacle, from earth, launched by special machinery in wood that brighten up the night sky and give appointment to the next year. Since 2006, to the feast of the Faugni is related white night, with the opening night of all bars, clubs, pubs and museums and some churches. Atri

    Each year, at the dawn of 8 December, in Atri repeats the ancient popular tradition of faugni (from the latin "fauns ignis", fire of the Faun). The peasants accendevano of fires, a propitiatory purpose...

    Village of Atri

  • Procession of dead Christ
    10-04-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-10 2020-04-10 Europe/Rome Procession of dead Christ Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Our Lady of Pompeii
    13-04-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-13 2020-04-13 Europe/Rome Our Lady of Pompeii It is celebrated since 1899 in suburban Contrada della Cona. The procession takes place in the morning, after noon Mass (only procession that in Atri still takes place before the Vespro). Atri

    It is celebrated since 1899 in suburban Contrada della Cona. The procession takes place in the morning, after noon Mass (only procession that in Atri still takes place before the Vespro).

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Reparata
    19-04-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2020-04-19 2020-04-19 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine
    20-04-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-20 2020-04-20 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Croce
    From 01-05-2020 To 03-05-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-05-01 2020-05-03 Europe/Rome Santa Croce The celebrations take place in contrada Santa Croce (or Crucifix, which is located along the directrix of the sea, at the side of the provincial road 28 to Pineto), where is located the church of the Crucifix, made to restructure in the fifties by an atrian emigrated he returned to his homeland. The emigrated, started from Atri to the war in the forties and then moved to the United States, made a vow to the Crucified to restructure the church in his honor at the time abandoned if it would bring him luck in travel. The emigrated to America made his fortune and returned in Abruzzo ristrutturò the church of Santa Croce (which today presents in appearance conferred upon him around 1950) and will put even a small relic of the Cross. Atri

    The celebrations take place in contrada Santa Croce (or Crucifix, which is located along the directrix of the sea, at the side of the provincial road 28 to Pineto), where is located the church of the Crucifix,...

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Rita da Cascia
    From 19-05-2020 To 22-05-2020 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-05-19 2020-05-22 Europe/Rome Santa Rita da Cascia Feast deeply felt by the population, also because the saint would have done great miracles to atriani, affected by very serious illnesses. Atri

    Feast deeply felt by the population, also because the saint would have done great miracles to atriani, affected by very serious illnesses.

    Village of Atri


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