CHIETI

Chieti, like Sulmona, sinks its origin in a mythological past: it was founded by the hero Achille, who named it Teate in honor of its mother. Sure the city was the capital of the ancient people of Marrucini, allies of Sanniti in the wars against Rome, with the name of Teate Marrocinorum.
Subsequently it made an alliance with Rome becoming a political center in 91 a.C and knowing a good period of development. But the end of the Roman Empire wrote the destiny of all the localities of central Italy: pillages and devastations by invading people of the Goti, Visigoti and Longobards. Last ones however did not make destructions and, with the attempt to create a reign in Italy, developed some cities. Chieti was one of these becoming "gastaldato" of their reign. Franchi followed then, the Svevi, Angioini and Aragonesi.
Of the roman period Chieti presents scattered evidences like the Roman Theatre, the Tempietti Romani and one ancient reservior of Thermal baths.
The cathedral of S. Giustino (XIV sec.), risen on a pre-exsistent building built by bishop Teodorico (840 a.D.), keeps interesting frescoes in its interior and a nice bell tower, adorned with mullioned windows projected by Bartolomeo di Giacomo. It is worth goint to visit also the churches of Saint Peter and San Giovanni of the Cappuccini.
The visit of Chieti cannot said finished without the National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo, that keeps valuable pieces of sculpture dating back to the pre-Roman period but also Roman statues (III cent. b.C. - IV a.D.).

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