Hill Towns in Abruzzo
My favorable sites in Abruzzo are hill towns. When I see just another hill town I always remember a game “King of the hill” which we used to play in the childhood. Due to peculiarity of its relief, Abruzzo is especially rich in hills. Whenever you travel about Adriatic seaboard your eyes are always attracted to clear-cut silhouettes of small boroughs which sit at the top of a hill. Characteristic features of these boroughs are a very high belfry and remnants of medieval fortifications.
In former times people used to settle at the hills for defensive reasons. The coastline had been populated only in recent centuries. As a result the Adriatic towns have a sort of double structure. An ancient town is situated uphill and a word “alto” (upper) or “colli” (hill) is added to its name. A new one is situated at the seaside and is referred as “marina” or “spiagga”.