- THE PARK
- POPE CELESTINE V
The Trabocchi Coast corresponds to the stretch of the Adriatic coast in of the province of Chieti (Abruzzo). Characterized by the widespread presence of the "trabocco", a traditional fishing machine on paliworks. It is a famous stretch of coastline throughout Italy for its natural beauty and its heterogeneity. Each of the coastal communities maintains its own characteristics and fishing traditions.
The "trabocco" marks the transition between two worlds and two cultures, the peasant and the fisherman, the land and the sea. Formerly the only source of livelihood for many ancient families. Today works of art to be preserved. Simple constructions, which, by using elementary techniques of joints and counterweights, have always won the furious seizures of the sea.
Among the peculiarities of the Abruzzo coast, the most famous and picturesque are the curious fishing machines. Completely made of wood, they are made up of a long-stacked platform, from which the fisherman drops the net in the sea, and a long and hard footbridge, also resting on the pillars, which connects to the mainland access dozens meters away.
We do not have much reliable data on their origins and it is difficult to accurately determine the time when the traps first appeared. It can be assumed that their birth is derived from the need to fish without going down to the sea directly, believing that it was easier to fish from a spot, sitting on a catwalk connected to the mainland. Scattered here and there are fortified villages, monasteries and castles like the ruins of Aragonese Castle of Ortona.
In his "Vita Sanctissimi Petri Celestini" (the life of Pope Celestine V), the friar tells of the time spent by Pietro da Morrone in the monastery of St. John in Venus at Fossacesia - almost three years from 1240 to 1243 - and reports that the saint went often up to the hill to admire the sea "dotted with trabocchi". From this, one could imagine that in 1240 these fishing machines were already a widespread reality.
Gabriele d'Annunzio (a famous italian poet and writer) was fascinated by the charm of these places: in his tragedy, The Death Triumph, written in the quiet villa hidden among the cliffs of this stretch of coast, he described them as follows: "That chain of promontories and long moon gulfs gave the image of a continuation of offerings, since each breast had a cereal treasure. The brooms spread across the coast a golden mantle. From a drop of rain came a dense cloud of effluvium, like a turbulence. The breathing air delighted like a sip of elixir". The residence of Vate, Villa Italia, still exists today!
Along the coast of Trabocchi is planned the realization of the Adriatic Cycle Road (1000km long cycle run along the entire Adriatic coast from the estuary of Po river to Apulia) in the abandoned area of the Adriatic railway (49 km). At present days there is a bicycle trail only for the final stretch of the Coast, between Vasto and San Salvo.
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