Teramo lies in a valley surrounded by hills and in front of the Laga mountains and the Gran Sasso massif. It stands at the confluence of river Vezzosa and river Tordino. That is the reason why it was called Interamnia (between two rivers) Praetuziorum during the Roman times.
Cattedrale (Foto D'Angelo)
Teramo had its golden age under the empire of August and Adrian and we still have many examples: the Thermae (Thermal baths), the Amphitheatre built in the III-IVth century A.D. and the Theatre built in 30 B.C. You can still see two arches of travertine marble.
The Cathedral is a very important building. It is situated in the centre of the city and is dedicated to Saint Bernardo. The construction of the church began in 1158, but it was renewed many times until it turned into a Baroque church. Nonetheless the baroque components were canceled by the restoration in 1930.
Paliotto (Foto D'Angelo)
The faĆ§ade shows a valuable portal, work of Diodato Romano (1332), whilst the battlement rising above the portal was added afterwards. The square-planned bell tower was realised by Antonio da Lodi (1493).
The interior of the church has a nave and two side aisles. The front part of the church is Romanesque, whilst the back part is Gothic.
You can find two relevant works in the cathedral: a silver frontal, carried out by Nicola da Guardiagrele between 1433 e 1448; a polyptych with the Coronation of the Virgin, work of Iacobello del Fiore. In the lower part of the polyptych you can see the representation of Teramo.
Museo Archeologico (Foto D'Angelo)
The Museo Civico (Civic Museum) with its picture-gallery, and the Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum) are worth a visit.