Tortoreto must initially its reputation to its relationship with the sea: fishing, traditional sector of the local economy, and tourism, a sector which subsequently made our town famous both nationally and internationally. The Link with the fishing has always been alive in tortoretani, so that every morning you can meet local fishermen return on the beach with their small boats, or observe the work of the clam, typical for clam fishing boats (which is dedicated also a famous festival).
The town is also full of entertainment venues, nightclubs, dance halls and water parks to ensure the visitor all kinds of fun.
By many as “Aristocratic and Elegant” for street furniture sobriety, the elegance of the many Art Nouveau villas located on the seafront, for the richness and variety of green, Tortoreto Lido has had an urban development that respects the environment , it has won since 1992 continuously the European Blue Flag.
Four kilometers of fine sand, wide and well kept, flanked by a tree-lined promenade (approximately three thousand trees of palm and pine trees), from bike paths that run through the entire coast by connecting neighbors and well-kept gardens centers, are the strengths of tourism, together with the variety and quality of its accommodation (hotels from 1 to 4 stars, bed and breakfast, resorts, residences, apartments), with the resorts that offer various activities, the richness and variety of events and and numerous local markets that enliven the summer evenings.
Tortoreto Old Town
Going up from the Lido through a spot formed by olive groves and vineyards and having seen the remains of a Roman villa of the second century. A.C., you reach Tortoreto Alta, a medieval village located at 227 m. above sea level. The Tortoreto Alta aerial position is a privileged “observatory” from which, thanks to the numerous natural balconies hanging in the air, you can enjoy a unique view of the coast, the Salinello valleys and Vibrata and the Gran Sasso.
The Old Town of Tortoreto is a small squares system, rue narrow, arches and towers characterized by warm tones of brick and which preserves the structure of the fortified town, which was home to the highest part of the city the local nobility, while today the Town Hall and a number of important cultural events. A walk in the quiet and coolness of the historical center allows you to discover charming corners and admire testimonies of the past: the Clock Tower, the Tower, the bridge with its vaults (witness the castle of Tortoreto), the Church of St. Augustine ( ‘600), the St. Nicholas Church and Mercy, with Renaissance frescoes (‘ 500), paintings by Giacomo Bonfini of Patrignone (AP), which was almost certainly a student of Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino.