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The origins of Chieti are lost in the mist of time, and many like the legend that it was founded by Achilles and named after his mother Tetis. The ancient name of Teate, may derive from ti(f)a (=tiati=teba, meaning "forested hill") and existed already in 1000 BC, when the town was the capital of the Marrucini people, who in the following centuries allied with the Romans agains Pyrrhus and Hannibal, then joined the rebellion of the Samnites against Rome.
Under the Roman empire it was a municipium and many monuments and buildings are left of that period. With the fall of the Roman empire the town declined in importance, and was destroyed in 801 AD by the Franks. Later on it was included in the Duchy of Spoleto, and was occupied in turn by the Angevins, Aragonese and Austrians.
The angevin domination marked a period of revival and in the late 12th century Teate was made capital of Abruzzo Citra, the area south of the Pescara river. At that time Chieti also had the privilege of its own mint, and there was a powerful archbishopry.

Chieti is on an airy hill surrounded by the Abruzzo and Maiella mountains, Gran Sasso and the Pescara River valley. The city is about 15km from Adriatic Sea. The surrounding landscape is a collage of hills, mountains, areas of archaeological interest and coastline. The hinterland is dotted with ancient villages whose economy is based on farming, crafts and tourism.
The coastline, which is about 100 km long, is popular with tourists but retains its natural beauty.
Chieti was a Roman town, Teate, and important medieval centre, that's why walking through the city you see Roman and medieval ruins side by side. Of special importance is also the Pinacoteca C. Barbella, hosting works of Abruzzese artists, as well as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, the richest archeological museum in the region, with, among other, unique works as the Capestrano Warrior, a statue of the 7th century BC, one of the symbols of the region, a wonderful Hercules statue and one of the very few Galba gold coins in the world,the archeological park and museum La Civitella.
Chieti is littered with reminders of the past. Medieval times saw the construction of San Giustino Cathedral which was built on an ancient pagan temple and, after being destroyed by fire, was lovingly reconstructed about two centuries ago. The most important pieces of local architectures though are from the 17th century. Medieval churches like San Francesco della Scarpa and San Agostino were built in the baroque style and are full of beautiful paintings and stunning architectural detail.
Corso Marrucino is Chieti’s most important street as it leads to the wonderful Palazzo de Majo, one of the most significant examples of lay baroque architecture in the city, with decorative elements of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Teatro Marrucino was opened in 1818 and is Abruzzo’s most ancient theatre. It was declared the opera house of Abruzzo and has a very popular music season. Chieti is considered a centre of culture, nature and tradition as it has grown into a modern city with an industrial area and a very important centre of learning, the Gabriele d’Annunzio University.
 

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Chieti is a city filled with enough culture and history to keep you busy for weeks.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo.
Located in a neoclassic palace named Villa Frigerj, in the Villa Comunale Park, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo in the most important museum in Chieti.

The highlight of any visit is the Guerriero di Capestrano, a life-size stone sculpture (209cm tall) of a standing adult male. This world famous statue is considered the embodiment of the Italic Warrior.

Many of the treasures in the museum come from nearby Alba Fucens, such as the giant Ercole statue from the first century B.C. and the “Pansa” Collection which is composed of more than 500 everyday objects like jewels, ivory and bone hairpins from the Imperial Age.

Museum website:http://h1.ath.cx/muvi/musarc/index.html

Museo Archeologico Nazionale La Civitella.
This Museum is located on the Chieti ancient acropolis archaeological area where an amphitheatre was built during the Roman Age. The amphitheatre was discovered recently and is now part of the Civitella Archaeological Park.

The Museum has reconstructed three Italic temple pediments from second century B. C. and the Lusius Storax‘s mausoleum from the first century A. D.

Museo D’Arte “Costantino Barbella”.
This gallery is located in the Martinetti-Bianchi palace, a structure that dates from 1600. It is named Costantino Barbella after the local sculptor and features several terracotta and bronze Barbella sculptures about life in Abruzzo.

Museum website: www.muvi.org/museobarbella

Saint Giustino Chathedral
The facade of this cathedral was designed by the architect Guido Cirilli and the bell tower building (dating from 1337) was started by Bartolomeo di Giacomo and finished by Antonio da Lodi in the 14th century.

The interior is filled with precious art and artefacts including a wooden crucifix from 1498, frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries, and a baptismal font dating from 1599. Frescoes by the local artist Del Zoppo from 1800 and a carved wooden choir by Ferdinando Mosca from 1769 also adorn the inside of this beautiful cathedral.

Chiesa di San Francesco della Scarpa
It is a thirteenth century building that was completely reconstructed in the 17th century. In the annexed convent there is a wooden Madonna and Child statue from the 14th century.

Saint Agostino Church
S. Agostino church was built in the 14th century and reconstructed in the 17th century. Inside are a wooden crucifix from 14th century A. D., paintings, stuccowork and medallions by Clerici, as well as 17th century furnishings.
 

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The Good Friday Procession is the most ancient in Italy. It is organized by the Arciconfraternita del Sacro Monte dei Morti. The parade advances through beautiful parts of the old city centre. It is accompanied by an orchestra of more than 150 string instruments which plays the mournful funeral march by S. Selecchy, a famous local composer.

Mozart Week from 2nd to 9th July Chieti remembers W. A. Mozart. In some squares and streets in the old city centre there are concerts with choirs, soloists and orchestras and the Teatro Marrucino’s Orchestra performs. Besides music there are puppet shows, people dressed in historical clothing and fireworks.

The Maggio Teatino Festeggiante takes place every May. It is a festival with a very rich program of events in squares and streets around the old city. Some events, such as parades and the Giostra del Saracino, are held in medieval costume. Religious observances such as the procession of Saint Giustino (the patron of Chieti) take place on 11th May.
 
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