I love Ortona

The Pearl of the Adriatic

Ortona. Anciently known as the "Adriatic's Pearl", it is a quiet seaside village enriched by the historical neighborhood of Terravecchia. Thanks to its position, Ortona is also the perfect starting point to discover Abruzzo.


Ortona. Deep roots and precious past

Our city has an enviable and strategic position to reveal the natural beauty and all Mediterranean of our land and our coast and to tell the development of different civilizations over the centuries. Ortona has an important history and tells more about culture and art than you can imagine, signs that inevitably make it "Pearl of the Adriatic”.

Its ancient origins date back to the Frentani people. It became a Roman city from the third century BC, then it was inevitably occupied. Ortona flourished again only years later, when at first, in the Swabian era, it experienced a new economic development and then, from 1258, it became a religious reference point for the relics of Saint Thomas Apostle still kept in the Cathedral.

During the Renaissance period with Jacopo Caldora the walls were rebuilt and the Aragonese Castle was strengthened, the castle was built for Frederick II of Sweden and for Margaret of Austria was ordered to built Palazzo Farnese. Ortona was represented by the presence of many important figures as Francesco Paolo Tosti, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Luigi Dommarco, Tommaso and Basilio Cascella.

Among the worst moments of our local history, Ortona during the 2WW was part of the Gustav line and from 21 December and 28 December 1943 there was the bloody and destructive "battle of Ortona" between Germans and Canadians. The surrender of the Germans and the arrival of the American allies at the port of Ortona put an end to the conflict, a conflict that had killed 1314 civilian casualties. The city was called "Stalingrad of Italy" and is now home to the Canadian Military Cemetery, built in 1945, and the Battle Museum opened in 2002.

The name "the Pearl of the Adriatic" is not only for the position and for the importance of its port but also because it has a great cultural and historical tradition that has no equal.


Ortona, land of fishermen and hope, agriculture and simplicity, worship and determination

Since 1258, when the seafarer Leone Acciaiuoli arrived at the old town's port, Ortona hosts the Saint Thomas' relics. The privilege of doubt and the resolution deriving by the phrase "My Lord, my God" seem to characterize the local people's temperament.

As fishermen invoked his name, hoping for his help during difficult fishing days offshore from the coast, today everyone relies on 'San Tumass me' to direct their prayers, identifying in him the patron saint. Many tales linked to historical figures who lived near the Cathedral enrich the Ortonese maritime tradition. Close to Ortona there are other important places of worship such as the Volto Santo in Manopello and Miracolo Eucaristico in Lanciano.


Ortona. Original flavors and a blend of regional traditions

Historically with a population of fishermen, farmers, and pastors, Ortona is proud of its roots and humble in telling about its authentic traditions.

Our unique culinary culture represents an essential part of native folklore. Dishes such as "pizze e fuoje", "lu puzznett di Sant Bastien", "li pallott cace e ove", and the famous "nevola" are part of the local heritage and different from any other neighbor town.

One of the best seasons is dedicated to cultivating grapes, the vines' fruit and precious raw material of our lands.

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