|Comune di Tortoreto|
|Frazioni||Cavatassi, Colli, Salino, Terrabianca|
|• Mayor||Alessandra Lucia Richi (since 26 May, 2014) (Centre-right coalition)|
|• Total||23 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||239 m (784 ft)|
|Population (30 November 2013)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,200/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.
Tourism, cuisine and fishing
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During summer season the main economic activity is tourism.
Among its many historical buildings, one of the most visited attractions is the Di Gennaro mansion, famous for hosting one of the most characteristic botanical gardens in Abruzzo.
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 2014.
The area around Tortoreto, Teramo Province, is famous for rosticini ("rustelle" or "arrustelle" in the local dialects) and chitarra e pallottini.
Rosticini 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 Pallottini" is chitarra served with a tomato sauce with very small meatballs.
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.
Tortoreto is twinned with:
- Habay, Belgium
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- Comune di Tortoreto (Italian), the official website of the municipality of Tortoreto.