Abruzzo

From the thrill of the peaks to the calm beaches

Nature is the protagonist wherever you go in this European region which has the highest number of parks. This region has the widest variety of physical and environmental features: in just a few tens of miles you pass from the peaks of the Gran Sasso, the highest mountain in the Apennines, to the endless beaches along the Adriatic coast. No matter where you are though, nature is protagonist. There is an endless variety of landscape and nature, which make Abruzzo the European region with most parks and natural reserves. Among the woods and pastures, the mountains hide an endless variety of rock churches, hermitages and abbeys, recollections of Italic periods and Roman remains, all fascinating in their rich history, together with beautiful art towns like L’Aquila, Atri and Teramo. However, the highlight of the region is its coastline, which is visited every year by thousands of tourists coming from all over Europe. It is rather even and sandy to the north, but more rugged to the south, from Ortona to Vasto where there is a completely different landscape: delightful bays hidden by broom wood and vineyards, broken up by wide beaches surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. Anywhere the tourist goes, there are fascinating historic centres to be visited, long fine sandy beaches, shady pinewoods, which are ideal for a pleasant walk or other occasions to spend your holiday enjoying yourself and practicing different sports. The seaside resorts are all very modern and efficient, with special focus paid to entertainment for the young. The town of Giulianova is very interesting artistically, a very popular resort in the summer it is also known as the ‘pearl’ of the Teramo coast for its luxuriant vegetation, with the palm trees that give it a decidedly exotic air. A real garden town to all effects, Roseto degli Abruzzi is a lively tourist resort, with wide shady avenues that distinguish this natural landscape and environment. For lovers of culture and music, Pescara offers the famous Pescara Jazz Festival in July, one of the most important on the international scene. Abruzzo can boast some wonderful cultural traditions, very brisk handicraft trade and excellent choices of food specialities made using all the local farm and fishing resources.

Alpinisti sul Gransasso (foto della Regione Abruzzo)

L’AQUILA, TOWN OF ANCIENT SPLENDOUR

Over its thousand years’ history, this town has become the most important in the south after Naples. The province of the Abruzzo chief town has really varied countryside, from the snow-capped peaks of the Gran Sasso National Park to the typical folklore villages.

Vista panoramica dello stadio Adriatico di Pescara

PESCARA, A YOUNG AND DYNAMIC HISTORIC TOWN

Pescara effectively dates back to little more than seventy years ago, from the merger of the two small towns of Pescara in the province of Chieti, and Castellamare Adriatico in the province of Teramo.

Scorcio della città (foto della Regione Abruzzo)

TERAMO, LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS

This was the name given it by the Ancient Romans and it was one of the most important towns in the Empire before the subsequent and varied domains. The province of the Abruzzo chief town is full of tourist attractions to satisfy any sort of need.

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Roseto degli abruzzi

Roseto degli Abruzzi is counted amongst the seven pearls of the Abruzzo “garden coast”, noted for their lidos that are the cleanest and most beautiful on the Adriatic coast with large, soft sandy beaches and shallow waters that make it ideal for children.

Cattedrale di S. Giustino

ANCIENT TEATE

Ancient Chieti, ally of Rome, held a very important position in the past, thanks also to the constant presence of the Church, which considerably enriched the town.

Pineto, foto di Sandro Bedessi. Fototeca Enit. (www.enit.it)

The Coast of Abruzzo

The coast of Abbruzzo is dotted with resorts with modern swimming facilities and beaches with fine sand and long pedestrian walkways. In the summer months these resorts provide accomodation for thousands of tourists, including young married couples with small children, the elderly, groups of friends and big families; the sea, pine forests, playgrounds for children, nightclubs and many other attractions offer relaxation and fun to suit all tastes.