Giulianova (Giuliese: Gigljië [ˈdʒiʝʝə]) is a coastal town and comune in the province of Teramo, Abruzzo region, Italy. The comune also has city (Italian: città) status, thus also known as Città di Giulianova.
|Città di Giulianova|
Location of Giulianova in the Province of Teramo
|Frazioni||Case di Trento, Colleranesco, Villa Pozzoni, Villa Volpe|
|• Mayor||Jwan Costantini (centre)|
|• Total||27.46 km2 (10.60 sq mi)|
|Elevation||68 m (223 ft)|
(30 November 2014)
|• Density||880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||San Flaviano, Patriarca e Martire and Maria SS.ma dello Splendore|
|Saint day||22 April and 24 November|
The town lies in the north of the Abruzzo region, between the Salinello and the Tordino rivers. Giulianova is split between the Paese, the historic town up in the hills, and the lido, the more recent development down by the beach.
Tourism plays a big part in the town's economy. The town, characterized by several beaches, is a summer retreat for people from large cities like Rome and Milan, as well as German and French tourists.
In pre-Roman times, the Praetutii tribe had a settlement there. In 3rd century BCE Romans established a colony called Castrum Novum in the vicinity of Giulianova. In the Middle Ages, the old Castrum Novum was called Castrum divi Flaviani, and remained an important trade and travel hub, until it was destroyed in 1460, during the Tordino Battle. The local baron Giulio Antonio Acquaviva, founded, in 1471, a new city up on the hill, not far from the older one, calling its Giulia. It was an interesting example of renaissance ideal city, applying the theory of the most important architects of the time, as Leon Battista Alberti and Francesco Di Giorgio Martini, with the cultural environment of whom, he was in contact.
- Church of Santa Maria a Mare, belonging to the former city of San Flaviano. Founded before the 11th century, it is a brickwork building with a sail-like bell tower. The portal is from the late 13th century, and has a relief with "Madonna with Child and Animals", while two lions guard the sides, one holding a book and the other fighting with a snake. Under the arch are 18 stone tiles depicting enigmatic figures, described by some a representation of the Zodiac and the seasons
- The octagonal Cathedral of San Flaviano, built from 1472. The dome was originally covered by blue majolica. It houses a marble sculpture of "Madonna with Child" by Venanzo Crocetti
- Sanctuary Madonna of the Splendor. In the sacristy is the 16th century Pala dello Splendore, an altarpiece by Paolo Veronese
- Ducal Palace
- Torre del Salinello, a watch tower built in the 16th century to guard from Turk pirates.
- Gabriele Tarquini (born 1962), racing driver
- Gaetano Braga (1829–1907), cellist and composer
- Domenico "Dom" Serafini (born 1949), journalist
- Venanzo Crocetti (1913–2003), sculptor
- Egidio De Maulo Born in Giulianova, November 4, 1840 – Rome 1922 ( Painter )
- Lorenzo Piani (1955-2016), singer and songwriter
The main football team of the town was Giulianova Calcio which participated in professional leagues, namely Serie C (and its divisions). It was replaced by A.S.D. Città di Giulianova 1924 in 2012 and then Real Giulianova in 2016.
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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