Archaeological sites in Abruzzo

Abruzzo has deep Italic roots and since past times has been closely related to the neighbour region of Molise. Settlements signs and artifacts from Lower Paleolithic were found in Valle del Vibrata near Teramo.

Since IV Century BC Abruzzo has been inhabited by Italic peoples closely connected between each other by ethnic relations and by cultural affinities, so-called "the Sabellics". Around IV Century BC the central-Appenine ethnic groups have been emerging: Picentes, Pretuzi, Marrucini, Paeligni, Vestini, Marsi and Aequi. They hardly survived against Rome and it took them many wars, Samnites's wars indeed, to have the control of the land.

During the civil war Italic peoples went against Rome but later most cities got Roman citizenship. During the imperial period Abruzzo had been undergoing a large clean-up and a prospering time. But the next few Centuries after Empire's collapse, was a time of great crisis all over middleappenine area.

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A few kilometers away from L’Aquila, in the open and uncontaminated countryside, you can see a part of the ancient romans’ world: the site of Amiternum with its great theater and an amphitheater.…

Alba Fucens fu una colonia latina fondata dai Romani nel 304 a.C., nel territorio degli Equi, a ridosso di quello occupato dai Marsi, in una posizione strategica a nord del fiume Fucino e in un contesto paesaggistico molto suggestivo. Dopo essere rimasta sepolta per anni sotto il gruppo montuoso del Velino, la città d’Alba fu riscoperta nel 1949 grazie a una campagna di scavi…

The archaeological park of Iuvanum is a hidden place to discover. You do not have the expectation to found a wide historical area, in the middle of the countryside in Abruzzo, and it is impressive to see this place, that looks like a picture, a window to the past, where important remains stick out in the nature.…
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