Travel and Culture in Abruzzo
The town of Lanciano is one of the most ancient in Abruzzo and it had been inhabited since ancient times.
There are numerous archeological finds that witness this ancient past, which were discovered in several areas of the old town centre (Plebiscito Square or near Diocleziano Bridge).
Lanciano is rich in momuments in Romanesque and Gothic styles, too, as the wonderful churches of St Augustine and St Maria Maggiore, with portals by Francesco Petrini, an architect from Lanciano.
The Cathedral of the Madonna del Ponte is also splendid. It was built in the eleventh century on the arcades of Diocleziano Bridge (third century B.C.) and then it had been gradually enlarged throughout the centuries, until the proportions that are visible today.
We suggest you to see the civic walls and their Montane Towers (11th/15th century), St Clare’s Torrione Aragonese (15th century), St Lucy’s Church (13th century) and St Nicholas’ Church (15th century).
In practice, the old town centre is intact and everything is worth seeing: the medieval buildings and streets, next to the beautiful palaces in Liberty style and the Neoclassic palaces of the Neapolitan School.