On the southern border of Silvi you will find Città Sant’Angelo, belonging to the club of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in Italy’ and ranked by the illustrious US magazine Forbes as ‘one of the 10 best places in the world to live’. It is also a wine and oil city. The town is purely hilly with a small strip of land that reaches the coast dividing Silvi from Montesilvano.
A walk through the historic village can start at the municipal villa, where you can enjoy one of the most iconic views in Abruzzo, from the Maiella to the profile of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ drawn by the Gran Sasso. The main street and its medieval streets are a riot of ancient churches and stately homes: here for the sake of brevity we mention the medieval Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo, the symbol of Città Sant’Angelo, the former Church and Convent of San Francesco, now the town hall, the baroque Church of Santa Chiara, with its rare tribolate plan structure, and the adjoining former Convent of the Clarisse, now the site of a Contemporary Art Museolaboratory and “Place of Memory”, since it was used as an internment camp during the Second World War, during which the town was also subjected to violent bombing.
Among the palaces, the Palazzo Di Giampietro, Ursini, Coppa Zuccari, Maury, and the Palazzo Baronale stand out.
The town is animated by lively cultural activity throughout the year, with rich calendars at the Municipal Theatre and civic centres. Particularly popular are the Carnival and the Grape Festival in September, during which the districts compete in a contest with a parade of allegorical floats.
In summer, there are many events dedicated to folklore, music and food and wine that enliven the town centre: Dall’Etna al Gran Sasso, organised together with the twinned Nicolosi, Le magiche notti de li Mazzemarill – elves from Abruzzo mythology – and Festa in Corso.
Free guided tours are also organised by the local IAT.
In addition, the town, in the “lower” part, close to the marina and our Silvi, has developed in recent decades a real shopping district: from the large Iper Pescara shopping centre, through wholesale centres, famous chains and large local manufacturers, to the more recent Città Sant’Angelo Outlet Village https://www.cittasantangelovillage.com/, which in summer is open until late at night, with entertainment.