Ari, Italy

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Ari is a comune and town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.Ari is a very small town, built on a ridge between the two small rivers Valle Cupa and Turri. It is surrounded by orchards and vineyards, and is famous for its large production of wine. The noble Orsini family of Lanciano (ancient Anxanum) dominated this small town. The first historical mention of the town was in reference to its church San Pietro di Ari which belonged to the monastery of San Liberatore a Majella. Some famous places in Ari include Orsini Palace and the Church of Madonna delle Grazie with its Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus, carved entirely from wood.Festivals of AriMay: Feast of the Ascension August : Group hike from Ari to Roccamontepiano. August: Festival of the Emigrants August: Festival of San Bartolomeo September: "Porchetta" (roasted young pork) festival September: Sagra della Porchetta (whole roasted pork)
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