Villa Rosa is a village in the city of Martinsicuro and it’s a faous seaside resort of the Abruzzo coast. Upon arrival in the country you’ll find a road sign that says “Abruzzo’s First Beach”, Villa Rosa is in fact the northernmost city by the sea in Abruzzo.

Villa Rosa

The town began to develop in the second half of the nineteenth century with the name of Villa Franchi (they were a family of local landowners). In the early twentieth century it took the name of Villa Rosa. For a long time it was part of the Municipality of Colonnella, and subsequently detaching itself from it together with Martinsicuro in 1963.

In the hamlet of Villa Rosa there are a few notable buildings, including Villa Franchi (late 19th century) in Via Roma-Via Petrolini; Villa Franchi (1902) in Via Filzi; Castellaccio Franchi (1850–1860) in C.da Civita; Villa Flaiani (1813–1860) in Via Col di Lana; the so-called " Casette Flaiani " (early 1900s) in Via Risorgimento.



Martinsicuro is the first of "seven pearls" on the border between Marche and Abruzzo, to welcome you to the "garden coast" of Teramo. Today, the city is a modern seaside resort, both for business and tourism, with a focus on greenery and nature, palms, oleanders and pines line a long and picturesque promenade, with sandy beaches and shallow waters.

Although recently established as an autonomous town (1963), it boasts very ancient origins, dating back to between the Bronze Age and the early Iron Age (1000-800 BC). The town is dominated by the sixteenth-century Tower of Charles V, built in 1547 by order of Martin de Secura, from which comes the name of Martinsicuro.


The evocative natural landscapes intertwine with a rich artistic and cultural heritage to make Teramo the ideal destination for nature lovers who want to travel back in time to discover the people and cultures that have made history in this area since the 8th century BC.

The quaint historic centre of Teramo is surrounded by two waterways, the Tordino river and the Vezzola stream, and can be easily walked around in a day. Choosing what to see in Teramo is easy! Simply stroll through the city's four historic districts for a spellbinding journey through time, among churches, monuments and Roman ruins.

When strolling around Teramo in search of adventure, you’re sure to stumble upon one of the two rivers surrounding the city that, over the centuries, have served as an excellent resource for the local people. The river parks of Tordino and Vezzola run along the two banks of these rivers, providing moments of relaxation and shelter from the sun during the hottest hours of the day.

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Ivan Graziani Park, dedicated to the late Teramo-born singer-songwriter, is another popular place to relax and enjoy an ice cream. Heading back towards the historic centre, you can take in the sight of the unique Fontana dei Due Leoni (Fountain of the Two Lions) in Piazza Orsini, created by sculptor Pasquale Morganti in the late 19th century to celebrate the expansion of the city's water supply network.

Food and wine

Teramo's culinary tradition draws its aromas and flavours from ancient peasant dishes. We’ve got you covered when it comes to choosing what to eat in Teramo. On chilly days, check out the cardoon in broth, which is also perfect for vegetarians.

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  • The medieval town of Teramo overlooks the San Venanzio hill and is dominated by the Castle of Monica, designed by Teramo artist Gennaro Della Monica as his private residence in the neo-Gothic style, which was very much in vogue at the time. Work on the castle began in 1889 on the site of the former ancient church of San Venanzio. Completed in 1917, it is now owned by the municipality of Teramo.
  • Teramo's Torre Bruciata takes you back in time to the 2nd century BC. This Roman bastion built using the opus quadratum technique owes its name (“burned tower”) to the traces left behind by the fire that destroyed the city of Teramo in 1156.
  • Just a stone's throw away from the tower you can visit the Church of Sant'Anna dei Pompetti, which is what remains of the ancient cathedral of Santa Maria Aprutiensis, also destroyed in the fire set by the Count of Loretello. One thing that did survive and deserves to be admired is a 12th century fresco depicting two angels holding a clypeus with the hand of God giving His blessing.


Jagged coastlines and cool golden sand, lively beaches and quiet lidos, but also a nature characterised by mountains and forests, rich in plant species and unique fauna in a natural habitat inhabited by deer, chamois, wolves, bears, foxes and lynx.

Abruzzo stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea and includes no less than 3 National Parks, a Protected Marine Area a Regional Park and over 30 Nature Reserves: is Europe's largest nature area characterised by pristine peaks, a gentle hill system and a beautiful sea.

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In addition to the most important cities of Abruzzo and a piece of Adriatic coastline full of incredible views, if you are in Abruzzo it is also worth visiting the Abruzzo National Park, the heart of the Apennines covering 50,000 hectares.

Within it are 12 municipalities in the province of L'Aquila with a bewitching historical and architectural heritage and ancient beech forests more than 500 years old, which have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The next excursion can only be to the Gran Sasso and Monti Laga National Park, which encompasses high peaks such as the Monti Gemelli, Monti della Laga, Corno Grande and the Gran Sasso d'Italia chain, as well as small villages with ancient history. With its high peaks, the park offers wonderful landscapes and breathtaking views.

From the mountains to the sea: the Punta Aderci guided nature reserve is a wonderful protected area in Vasto, in the province of Chieti, with a typical dune environment. Fossacesia is a village along the Costa dei Trabocchi with picture-postcard beaches and fascinating landscapes.

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