Tratturo from L’Aquila to Foggia – stretch of Termoli

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Tratturo (tracks used by shepherds during transhumance) from L’Aquila to Foggia, with its 244 km, is the longest and most important of the five Regi (Royal) Tratturi: for this reason, it is also called Tratturo Magno. Its stretch, in the territory of Termoli, stop to cross Adriatic coast but only for a few kilometers. Tratturi Regi are a precious testimony of tracks formed in Protostoric Era that, in relation on economic production and social organization based on pastoralism, have survived during the time. They represent a fragment of history preserved for more than seven centuries and, enriched with further historical layers, they are the most impressive monument of the economic and social history of Abruzzo-Molise Apennines and of Tavoliere of Puglia.

Tratturo Magno is the track of Adriatic for excellence. It conducted the enormous flocks of sheeps from Gran Sasso massif to Tavoliere of Puglia, touching on several occasions the seaboard of Adriatic Sea. This tratturo is, in fact, the only one where the sheeps and shepherds came to touch the water of the sea. Its itinerary through Abruzzo and Puglia goes also in Molise along the territories of Montenero di Bisaccia, Petacciato, Termoli, San Giacomo degli Schiavoni, Guglionesi, Portocannone, San Martino in Pensilis and Campomarino. It begins from L’Aquila near the church of St. Mary of Collemaggio and, entered in Molise, the track descends towards Fortore River and reaches, then, Tavoliere of Puglia. Here terminates in the territory of Foggia.

Along the track it is possible to visit numerous country churches or churches for the refuge and comfort of the shepherds, such as the church of St. Paolo of Peltuinum and the church of Santa Maria dei Cintorelli, where Tratturo Centurelle-Montesecco is separated. Tratturo L’Aquila-Foggia has been studied, in the last years, by Abruzzo association Tracturo 3000. Since the 1997 it is possible to travel it in 9 stages.


Termoli - Strada Provinciale San Giacomo degli Schiavoni, SP 112

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