This park, designed as a multifunctional area, was intended to fulfil the need for amusement, leisure and various cultural activities of the town. With its many different trees, it is the principal green urban area with footpaths, benches and children’s play areas. Inside the park, taking advantage of the natural slope towards the river, rows of theatre seats have been created with a flight of steps that runs down to the stage area. There are also a few service buildings to the side of the colonnade. It is particularly well used for summer events and shows, given that the climatic conditions here are comfortably cool and refreshing.
Historical Notes This vast green area is located on the banks of the river Vella, the stream which springs from the hillside of the Majella mountain. In ancient times, this stream had a much stronger flow which, over time, has been dramatically reduced by massive farming and irrigation use. After flowing towards the valley, the river runs to the east of the city. Originally partly occupied by vegetable patches and farming land, and partly covered by native riverside vegetation and poplar trees, the area remained unused until the 1980’s. During those years, the land was finally established as a city park and was generally known as the “Parco Fluviale del Vella”. Later on, in 1999, the park was re-named after the musician Augusto Daolio, former singer and leader of the Italian rock band Nomadi, fulfilling a request by his local fan club, after he passed away prematurely.