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Valle San Giovanni

Frazione of Teramo in Abruzzo Italy

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Neighboring Villages

Valle San Giovanni is bordered by several small villages. Each is fascinating and merits a visit from anyone interested in learning more about this lovely area.

Travazzano

A small village consisting of just a few dozen houses located on the road to Teramo. Best known for its (frantoio) olive oil production.

Valle Soprana

A locality now consisting of just a few houses. Best known for its annual Festival of the Madonna and the small Aceti family chapel.

Frunti

Lying at the end of a dirt path that branches off the road leading from Valle San Giovanni to Cunetta, is the abandoned village of Frunti. The distance from Valle San Giovanni to Frunti is only a few kilometers. Because the area is overgrown with weeds and bushes it is now impossible to locate Frunti from afar although in years past its outline was visible from several nearby hilltops. Although the initial portion is now somewhat uneven, there is a very convenient unpaved road that allows one to reach Frunti with relative ease. The road follows a mountain ridge overlooking the Tordino River plain. In the past Frunti played a very important role in the lives of the people of Teramo and surrounding areas. In medieval times what later became known as Frunti was known as "de frunto," a feudal holding holding of Benedictine monks who had built the nearby abbey dedicated to Saint John. To this day some remnants of the abbey (San Giovanni in Pergulis) lie to the east of Frunti. At the time, this abbey served as an important religious, agricultural and cultural center for the people residing in the area. In 1300 Roberto I of Frunti signed a contract annexing the area to the city of Teramo, this document sanctioning collaborative projects between the two areas. It would seem the mayor was seeking to expand the city limits of Teramo while Roberto I was attempting to bring additional privileges and visibility to Frunti. In the mid 1400's Frunti was annexed to the county of Montorio al Vomano and in 1700 to Valle San Giovanni. Today all that is left of the tiny village of Frunti is one renovated building and the ruins of three smaller dwellings that are most likely completely beyond repair. These structures, constructed of sandstone and rocks likely transported from the river below, have been laid out in a rather haphazard manner. The area, only a short distance from Teramo, is highly recommended for its beautiful panoramic views, peaceful atmosphere, natural beauty and refreshing air.

A pochi chilometri dal centro abitato di Valle San Giovanni, sulla strada per Cunetta, c'è una sterrata che conduce al paese abbandonato di Frunti. Una volta il piccolissimo borgo era visibile dai diversi colli limitrofi, ora è nascosto da una fitta coltre di erba e verde che hanno riconquistato il proprio spazio. Ci si arriva da una comodissima sterrata, ora dissestata nel primo tratto, percorrendo il crinale del colle che sovrasta l'alveo fluviale del Tordino. Borgo importantissimo per lo sviluppo sociale del territorio teramano, nel medioevo era il feudo dei "de frunto" e dei frati benedettini, custodi dell'abbazia di San Giovanni in Pergulis (si notano i resti del campanile sul colle ad est), importante centro di sviluppo religioso, agricolo e culturale. Nel 1300 fu annesso allla città di Teramo con contratto tra il sindacus dell'interamnia e Roberto I di frunti. Il contratto sanciva una collaborazione tra i due, il sindacus voleva espandere la città di Teramo, Roberto I voleva invece dare nuovi privilegi e visibilità al borgo. A metà del 1400 Frunti viene annessa alla contea di Montorio al Vomano e nel 1700 a Valle San Giovanni. Il borgo è costituito da un edificio ristrutturato e tre edifici ormai irrimediabilmente compromessi e decadenti. Si sviluppa ai bordi della stradina principale senza una logica precisa, ed edificato in pietra mista arenaria e di fiume. Consiglio di fare una semplice passeggiata in questo posto per il panorama che offre e per la pace che si respira a pochi chilometri da Teramo. (Photo & information courtesy of ARD Photo)

 

Frunti is also known as the place where Luisa Taraschi lived for five years.

Luisa's Story (English) La Storia di Luisa (Italian)

 

 

Other commmnities within a few kilometers of Valle San Giovanni

  • Rapino
  • Frondarola
  • Villa Ripa
  • Villa Tordinia
  • Torricella Sicura
  • Rocciano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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