Atessa is a town in Abruzzo located in the lower valley of the River Sangro lying on two hills in a privileged position from which you can admire both the Adriatic and the Majella.
Legend has it that the origin of the country there were two distinct "Ate" and "Tixa", divided by a valley in which lived a dragon that terrorized the inhabitants. Only the arrival of San Leucio, Bishop of Brindisi, who slew the monster, freed the people from this scourge. The two centers then together formed an "Atixa" then destined to become Atessa.
Historical inquiry has naturally led to conclusions less fascinating: Atessa was probably founded around the fifth century, at the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire.
The old town is very interesting and has many historical and cultural relics including: the Cathedral of San Leucio (built in the place where the killing occurred Dragon), the Church of Santa Croce, the church of San Domenico and the Church San Rocco, from the eighteenth-nineteenth century palaces and the gates that allowed entry into the city.
Just outside the city, in a panoramic position is the Convent of San Pasquale in the woodlands in locations Vallaspra. Atessa in recent years has become a reference point in the Val di Sangro thanks to its industrial agglomeration, considered the largest in central and southern Italy, thanks to the presence of companies like SEVEL (which produces the famous Ducato van) and many other companies which are their induced.
HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS
Visit Atessa's major site or call to +39 0872 850421