According to the myth, the city was found by Achilles, who called it "Teate" in honor of his mother. Founded 500 years before Rome, Chieti was the Capital of the Marruccini, warrior people who fought the Romans up to 304 BC, to become later some of their strongest allies against the Gauls, the Ancient Macedonias and Hannibal.
Among the most important Marruccini: Herius and Pleaminius, bravely death due to Hannibal; Asinio Herio "Praetor Marrucinorum", who led Chieti to become a city of the Roman Empire and then one of the most important trade cities of the whole Region.
After the Roman Empire fall, Chieti was raided by the Barbarians; the city started again to grownafter the occupation by the Normans, even thanks to the building of, among the others, the Cathedral of S. Giustino.
Gian Pietro Carafa, bishop of the city, with San Gaetano da Thiene, Paolo Consiglieri and Bonifacio da Colle, on September, the 14th, 1524, founded in Rome the Order of the Regular Teatini Clerics (Ordo Clericorum Regularium Vulgo Theatinorum).
Really important has also been the Jesuit Alessandro Valignani, a missionary who led Catholicism in Japan.
In 1800 Chieti was occupied by the French who enriched the city with a lot of monuments; in 1860 Chieti welcomed the King Vittorio Emanuele, by joining the Kingdom of Italy.
In March, 1926, in Chieti was held the trial for the murder of the politician Giacomo Matteotti.
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The Trabocchi Coast, that goes along the whole Adriatic from Francavilla to Vasto, is famous in the world and it is a pride for the Abruzzo.
Trabocchi are strange and typical fishing machine, that are on piles and held by ropes and planks. They have not a stable shape but are made of planks and cables non fully connected, elevated on pillars that are stick under the sea or on the rocks, and are connected to the shore by thin boardwalks.
From the platforms leave the antennas, that hold the nets thanks to a complicated system of pulleys and cables.
There are still come trabucchi that worth a visit: Cungarelle, Trave, Casarza, S. Nicola, Canale, Vignola, Punta Penna, Libertini, Punta Aderci, Mottagrossa, Fosso Canale, Punta Cavalluccio, Pesce Palombo ecc.
The Majella Mountain, Mother of the mountains for the Abruzzesi, high, wild, is included into the world heritage of the National Parks. It is made of four mounts: the Majella, the Morrone, the Porrara and the Pizzi Mounts, with the valleys and the uplands, it is a unique National Parks and includes the most precious and rare part of the national heritage thanks to the biodiversity.