San Giovanni in Venere
The magnificent 11th century Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere is located in Fossacesia, just outside the town centre, on a promontory overlooking the Adriatic Sea where you can take a stunning view of Abruzzo.
The architecture combines elements of Romanesque and Gothic and it is a classic of the first ‘Cistercense’ style.
Originally the site was an ancient pagan temple dedicated to Venere, but on the VI century two Abruzzesi monks coming from Montecassino, converted the place into an Abbey. The monks initially built a small abbey on the ruins of the roman temple and dedicated it to San Giovanni or Saint John.
However, the actual Abbey became the great imposing building we can see today only when the brand new construction – which building works started in 1165 – was completed.
The magnificence of the Abbey, but also the connection with Venus makes the abbey the area’s most popular wedding venue!