From Francavilla al Mare heading westwards you follow the river Alento and within a few kilometres you reach Chieti where you can admire the sea and the two mountains of the Maiella and Gran Sasso. From around the year 1000 B.C. some of the Marsi people settled here and took the name of Marrucini, and only in 91 B.C. did Rome grant to Teate the status of municipality. Dating back to that period, admire the two Twin Temples (the 1st century A.D.), the great amphitheatre with its 5,000 seats, the Theatre and the Thermal Springs with their reservoirs can be admired.
It is worth visiting via Tecta, the hypogeum stored in the basement of Palazzo de’ Mayo, together with the connected tunnels. It is an underground passage from Roman times, testimony to one of the oldest routes connecting the monumental urban area and the thermal area of the ancient city of Teate.
At the end of Corso Marrucino, in the Villa Comunale there is the nineteenth-century Frigerj palace, site of the Archaeological Superintendence and of the Abruzzo Archaeological Museum, which houses the most important archaeological collection of the region on the Roman and Italic civilisations, epitomysed in Abruzzo by the Guerriero di Capestrano statute from the 6th century B.C. In the modern Civitella Museum there are numerous findings starting from prehistoric times, unearthed in the inland areas of the region, and a collection of 15,000 coins from the pre-Roman period to the last century. Passing the nineteenth-century Marrucino Theatre there is the San Giustino Cathedral of very ancient origins, but over the centuries the subject of countless renovation works.
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