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

Events

  • Procession of dead Christ
    19-04-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-19 2019-04-19 Europe/Rome Procession of dead Christ Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Our Lady of Pompeii
    22-04-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-22 2019-04-22 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
    28-04-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-04-28 2019-04-28 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine
    29-04-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-29 2019-04-29 Europe/Rome Santa Reparata of Caesarea in Palestine Atri

    Village of Atri

  • Santa Croce
    From 01-05-2019 To 03-05-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-05-01 2019-05-03 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 19-05-2019 To 22-05-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-05-19 2019-05-22 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

  • Sant'Antonio da Padova
    13-06-2019 | Atri (TE)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-06-13 2019-06-13 Europe/Rome Sant'Antonio da Padova Atri

    Village of Atri


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