Grottammare has ancient and historical origins. In the place where now stands Church of San Martino were founded the remains of a temple of a pagan deity, called Cupra. In the chruch, along with the remains of the shrine, there is a marble plaque that dates back to the ancient temple of Hadrian Emperor of 2nd Century BC. In the same area archaeological remains have been found as proof of the presence of Etruscan and Umbrian (IX Century BC.), devoted to the goddess Cupra.
Thanks to its geographical position, this place has developed a lot
On the same hill there was 2 castles, the first known as Grocte or Grupte, and later as Cripte or Grupte a mare, at the top of the hill, best defensive place. The second known as Castello Supportica or Subportica, at the bottom of the hill, where the population started to develop the place during the centuries.
In 1525 Grottammare was surrounded by defensive walls and a tower called «della battaglia», connected to the below port in order to respond to the enemy attack.
On 13 December, 1521, in the place where today stands the Church of Santa Lucia, was born Felice Peretti, known as Pope Sisto V.
Thanks to Pope Sisto V the famous Vatican Library was build and the granite Obelisk erected in St Peter’s square. However, her figure is mainly related to the fight against banditry, to its strict morality of the costumes and works of embellishment of Rome. Always remained bound to its native lands, intervening several times to change their political destiny and promote wealth and prestige.
Over the centuries Grottammare was the seat of a Government Office that controlled departures and arrivals in San Benedetto, Cupra and Pedaso, hosted Garibaldi and Vittorio Emanuele II, who received here from the commission of Neaples the official Kingdom of the two Sicilies.
At the beginning of the Twentieth, Grottammare became a famous location for holidays and many Villas were built, as Villa Trento. The wonderful palm-trees and oleanders Avenue offers a wonderful combination of the blue shades of the sea with flower and trees. From the last three Centuries, it is celebrated as the pearl of the Adriatic sea.
There is a long 5 km beach, with a pleasant seaside walk surrounded by orange and palm-trees and well equipped beach resort and bike path that brings you until Cupra Marittima.
Grottammare has been awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe, three “ Vele Blu “ by Legambiente and is included in the list of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”.
Places of interest in Grottammare:
- Agostino Church, S. Lucia Church (built on the spot where Sisto V was born), Teatro dell’Arancio and Church of San Giovanni Battista, site of Museo Sistino.
- Torrione della Battaglia, probably realised between XV and XVI century houses a wonderful collection of works of Pericle Fazzini sculptor , of the well-known Resurrection in the Paolo VI’s Vatican Room, who was born in Grottammare and kept all his life a close emotional and creative relationship with his home town, Museo Il Tarpato dedicated to Giacomo Pomili.
- Church of San Martino, built where once stood the temple of the Etruscan Great Goddess Cupra.
- Santa Maria dei Monti Oasis dates back to the beginning of XVII century and was due to Father Nicola from Monteprandone, belonging to the reformed religious minor monks order who proposed the settling of a religious community in the place where a small Marian sanctuary was situated, erected between XIV and XV as protection from the plague and dedicated to the Madonna ai Monti.
- Museum for Individuals and the Community, arranged inside the Kursaal room, houses a rich collection of artworks, including drawings, movie posters, cartoons and satirical illustrations signed by well-known Italian artists like Totò and Massimo Troisi, realized by Dario Fo, Milo Manara, Sergio Staino.
- Viale Marino, the pavement of this avenue is made of porphyry stone and Carrara white marble
Special events in Grottammare:
- Cabaret amoremio! – one of the greatest events in the National sphere of hum (August)
- Festival Liszt (July/August)
- Juttenizie – gourmet walk (August/September)
- Living Nativity– (26th December/1st and e 6th January)
- Festa di San Paterniano – Since July 10th, 1571 Grottammare celebrates its Patron Saint, San Paterniano. Local Market, gastronomic stands, choral group and fireworks.
- Fiera di San Martino – (week-end near to the 11th November, day dedicated to S.Martin) Every year thousands of visitors are estimated to come to the fair and an increasing number of operators, exhibitors and sellers register for a special area in the local market.