| Twin Towns: Civitanova Marche, Italy
Population ca. 39 850
From archeological discoveries it is known that these territories were already inhabited in prehistoric times. Cluana, as the present Civitanova was called in pre-Romanic times, was founded around the 8th century B.C., in a region already well-known to the people of Ancient Greece. The most important changes took place after 1860, when all the Marche region came under the Kingdom of Sardinia. In this period the most important palaces in the town were built as well as the railway system between Ancona and Turin and later Civitanova and Albacina.
Civitanova Marche consists of two parts. Civitanova Marche itself is a seaport and seaside resort. Civitanova Alta around 3 kilometres away is a medieval hilltop borgo surrounded by high 14th century walls with four town gates, each with its own name: San Paolo, San Girone, Porta Mercato and Porta Sant' Angelo - better known as Porta Marina with its characteristic cypress grown inside the Ghibelline battlements.
At the end of the 19th century economic development began in the entire territory where Civitanova Marche lies. The opening of new railway lines and the repairs carried out on the more important roads encouraged development of trade. Nowadays the town's economy is flourishing and it has taken on new sectors too: a special mention must go to the shoe-making industry - there are many companies specializing in various types and production stages, making this one of the most famous shoe-making areas in Italy.
Tourism also has a fundamental role in the economy of the region. The main objective is to create a form of tourism suitable both for families and for young people, that is, a chance to rest, amuse oneself in close contact with nature. For these reasons there are perfectly equipped both sand and pebble beaches, sports fields, a modern leisure-boat port and many structures for amusements and leisure. A special mention must go to the restaurant sector, closely linked to tourism, where one can taste excellent dishes of the area.
since 1989 Eisne (Italy)
The Mayor of Civitanova Marche:
Town website: www.comune.civitanova.mc.it
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