to Brindisi. PESCARA. ;/. Route. 159
with its frescoes merits a visit. It rests on extensive foundations
of ancient origin, perhaps those of a temple. Several large
grottoes near the town are also of very remote date.
The Piomba is now crossed, the ancient Malrinus. 4 M. distant
from which, inland, is situated Civitu Santangelo, with 7000 inh.
— Stat. Montesilvano; [ftl/2 M. inland lies Cirith di Penne,
capital of the district, with 11,000 inhab., the Pinna of the an¬
cients and chief town of the Vestini, of which period a few
vestiges may still be seen.
Pescara (Leone d' On), one of the principal stations, a small
and dirty town, situated on the X. bank of the Pescara (diligences
start from the station; carr. to the town '/a '■). The mountain-
group of the Majella, culminating in -V. Amara ('8444 ft., accor¬
ding to others 8940 ft.), and 55 M. in circumference, now beco¬
mes visible on the r. The line crosses the river by an iron bridge,
below which a wooden bridge and small harbour are situated, then
describes a curve round the town. Pescara is a fortress and lies
in a low and unhealthy situation. A high road leads hence to
Chieti, Popoli, Solmona and through the Abruzzi to Naples,
see R. 12.
Stat. Francavilla; the village on the height to the r. Beyond
this, a mountain-spur projects into the sea, and the train passes
through 3 short tunnels. Beyond the third the fort of Ortona
becomes visible on the 1. Another tunnel, then stat. Ortona. The
town (Caprera; Cafe' in the Piazza), 3/4 M. distant from the station,
the ancient Orton, capital of the Frentani, is now tolerably clean
and well-built place with 10,000 inhab. It lies on a promontory
in an elevated position; on the shore below a small marina.
Beautiful views towards the S. as far as the Punta di Penna
(see below), especially of the ancient and dilapidated fort. The
architecture of the cathedral should be inspected. Ortona is the
only suitable resting-place on the long journey between Ancona
Beyond Ortona another tunnel; two brooks are crossed, then
stat. 5. Vito Chietino; three more tunnels, beyond which a fine
view of the peninsula terminating in the Punta di Penna. Stat.
Fossacesia; I'/.j M. inland lies Lanciano, the ancient Anxanum,
with 14.000 inhab., capital of the most populous district of the
province Abruzzo Citeriore.
The Sangro, Lat. Sangrus, is crossed. Stat. Torino di Sangro.
Three tunnels; then, on an olive-clad eminence on the r.. Vasto
becomes visible, 1 M. distant from the station.
Vasto ("Loeanda di Castello, outside the gate; those in the
town dirty; Cafe Nazionale), the ancient Histonium, with a
population of 12.000, lies high and commands fine views as far
as the Tremiti islands (p. 160) and Monte Gargano. The small