San Salvo

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San Salvo
Città di San Salvo
Chiesa San Giuseppe
Chiesa San Giuseppe
San Salvo is located in Italy
San Salvo
San Salvo
Location of San Salvo in Italy
Coordinates: 42°3′N 14°43′E / 42.050°N 14.717°E / 42.050; 14.717Coordinates: 42°3′N 14°43′E / 42.050°N 14.717°E / 42.050; 14.717
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province Chieti (CH)
Frazioni Ributtini, San Salvo Marina, San Salvo Stazione
 • Mayor Tiziana Magnacca (PdL)
 • Total 19.51 km2 (7.53 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 18,646
 • Density 960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sansalvesi or salvanesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 66050
Dialing code 0873
ISTAT code 069083
Patron saint San Vitale
Saint day 28 April
Website Official website

San Salvo (Abruzzese: Sàndë Sàlvë) is a comune and town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is the very last Abruzzo town on the Adriatic coast before entering the Molise Region.

San Salvo is divided into two major urban areas: San Salvo[2] city and San Salvo Marina.

On the top of its seaside touristic and agricultural resources, San Salvo has a large industrial park which hosts glass-related business organizations.


The seaside of San Salvo, called San Salvo Marina, is characterized by long sandy beaches and shallow waters.

Festival and traditions[edit]

Every year from 26 till 28 April, San Salvo hosts the "San Vitale Festival".[3] It is a traditional city festival dedicated to the celebration of Saint Vitale. During these days several agricultors are bringing and donating durum wheat flour to the San Vitale church, all taking place during a folkloristic procession of decorated tractors. This flour is then being used for the production of traditional "taralli" and "sagne pasta" that is eventually distributed among the festival participants.


San Salvo is a medieval name, probably of the 9th or 10th century. It is assumed that in Roman times in the area of San Salvo was located " The city of Buca.[4]" The extension of the Roman city was equivalent to at least four times that of the ' medieval town.

In the middle of the town, the archaeological area known as "il quadrilatero" is the place formerly used by the Cistercian abbey of Santi Vito e Salvo.

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