Marche - Acquasanta Terme

Castles, resort and hotels list in Acquasanta Terme
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Castel di Luco - Acquasanta Terme
an official seal belonging to Pope Leone IX dated 1052 establishes that this rare and unique castle ...
Acquasanta Terme is the main town of a territory which is 138 kmē wide and included mostly in the National Park of the Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains. The uninterrupted following of wooded ridges and valleys, all of them confluent in the profound and spectacular valley of the Tronto river, makes the territory of a particularly complex morphology, while the more than fifty villages, disseminated everywhere and even at considerable heights, are a consequence of the intensely populated surrounding mountains. Today, its 3,500 inhabitants (they were 9,000 in the 1950s) are collected mostly in the small villages along the ancient Roman Salaria road. The prehistoric sheep-track has always found in Acquasanta a natural place for pausing, thanks to its numerous caverns and the comfortable warmth of the thermal waters; they were already known for their beneficial effects in the ancient Rome, as the name “Vicus ad Acqua” in the military Roman itineraries of the “Carta Peutingeriana” indicates. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Acquasanta follows the historical vicissitudes of the near Ascoli Piceno, through Longobard settlements, the influence of the Benedictine monks from Farfa, the dominance of the Bishops-Counts, until being included in the Marca of Ancona by the Pontifical State, after the “Egidiane Constitutions” of 1357. After the occupation by Napoleon, the Unification of Italy anticipates of five years the unification of the present municipal territory, which was, until 1865, divided into five different administrations, four of which were an heritage of the ancient chief offices, autonomous since eight hundred years. From these few lines about Acquasanta is, however, clear that the town should not be considered as a limited entity, as many could think, but as a complex system where, together with the main town and the prodigious thermal waters, are to be included the many villages with their ancient houses and churches, the century old woods, the river Tronto and its numerous torrents, the ancient Salaria road with its daring bridges. It is a system of difficult interpretation which this writing will try to simplify, giving useful information and mentioning the most interesting places

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