|Comune di Tortoreto|
La Sirena – Statue located at the south end of Tortoreto Lido
Location of Tortoreto in Italy
|Coordinates: 42°48′N 13°55′E / 42.800°N 13.917°ECoordinates: 42°48′N 13°55′E / 42.800°N 13.917°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Teramo (TE)|
|Frazioni||Cavatassi, Colli, Salino, Terrabianca|
|• Mayor||Francesco Tarricone (Government special commissioner)|
|• Total||23 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||239 m (784 ft)|
|Population (28 February 2015)|
|• Density||500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Nicola di Bari|
|Saint day||6 December|
Tortoreto can be reached by direct rail service or by flying to the Pescara airport and then traveling 45 kilometres (28 mi) north.
The comune of Alba Adriatica was created in 1956 by splitting it off from Tortoreto.
Pope Gregory I, for example, noticed in a letter the large amount of these species of birds which used to live in this area. Later on, the town created on the top of the hills after the barbarian invasions started to be called Turturitus or Turturetum, and, eventually, the current denomination of Tortoreto came into common use.
|Climate data for Tortoreto. Temperature, precipitation, humidity and sun (last 30 years).|
|Average high °C (°F)|| 11
|Average low °C (°F)|| 2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)|| 55
|Average relative humidity (%)||74||73||72||71||72||70||69||71||72||75||76||76||72.6|
|Mean daily sunshine hours||3||4||5||6||8||9||10||9||7||6||4||3||6.2|
|Tortoreto city council after 2014 elections|
|Civic list Tortoreto sempre (centre-right)||11 (0)|
|Civic list Tortoreto nel cuore (centre-left)||4 (−1)|
|Five Star Movement||1 (+1)|
Since 1995, the mayor of Tortoreto has been directly elected, along with a list of councillors which would constitute the mayor's majority within the city council.
The latest local elections in Tortoreto have been held in 2014. Although losing almost 20% of votes in comparison with the predecessor and the same supporting municipal list five years earlier, the centre-right mayoral candidate and her civic list were still able to win a 46.67% share of votes and to retain a majority of council seats. The centre-left municipal list won 35.61% of votes and the Five Star Movement 17.71%.
In Tortoreto there are two state primary schools and two state middle schools, which are overall attended by about 680 students, as well as a number of state and private child care institutions and nursery schools.
There are also two private vocational secondary schools.
Tourism and fishing
During summer season the main economic activity is tourism.
Its geographic position, climate, facilities and environmental projects, have all been planned or used to further tourism. Tortoreto has been awarded the European Blue Flag in 1992 and, then, from 1998 until 2015.
Fishing was a common activity in Tortoreto before tourism and it continues on a smaller scale to the present. Another common activity was farming with the area producing substantial amounts of olive oil and wheat.
The area around Tortoreto, Teramo Province, is famous for arrosticini ("rustelle" or "arrustelle" in the local dialects) and chitarra e pallottini.
Arrosticini are made from small pieces of skewered castrated sheep's meat (mutton). It is cooked on a rectangular charcoal grill, called "canala" because its shape is similar to a canal or channel. Arrosticini, a similar kebob, may be made from any mixture of meats.
Traditional chitarra is a hand cut pasta made by rolling the pasta flat and thin and then using a device that resembles a guitar, hence the name, to cut the pasta. The noodles are much like flat spaghetti. The "Chitarra con le pallottine" is chitarra served with a tomato sauce with very small meatballs.
Tortoreto is twinned with:
- Habay, Belgium
- ISTAT data.
- See Leo of Ostia, Chronicon monasterii Casinensis.
- Niccola Palma, Storia ecclesiastica e civile della regione più settentrionale del Regno di Napoli – detta dagli antichi Praetutium, ne' bassi tempi Aprutium – oggi città di Teramo e Diocesi Aprutina, volume I, Ubaldo Angeletti Stampatore dell'Intendenza, Teramo 1834, pp. 16–22.
- "Data from the Pescara Airport Meteorological Station". IlMeteo.it. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- "Election results for the Comune of Tortoreto" (in Italian). interno.it. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "Scuole di Tortoreto" (in Italian). Tuttitalia.it. 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- "L'istituto e il territorio" (in Italian). Istituto Comprensivo di Tortoreto. 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
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- Comune di Tortoreto (Italian), the official website of the municipality of Tortoreto.