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.

History

When the new town was built, the province was created at the same time and is still considered the largest urban conglomeration of the Abruzzo region, fulcrum of the entire region; besides being an important trading centre there is also the important port built on the river estuary, and the town boasts various industries such as food, engineering, chemical, textile, clothing, leather and skin. Pescara is very far ahead in thinking, building infrastructures like the airport, the modern tourist harbour, considered among the best in Italy, and the new railway station, which is considered a real modern technical work of art. ‘Old’ Pescara, founded by the ancient Romans, was a marine stop off for the Italic peoples and later became an important stop off and port for the entire region, but was later destroyed by the Longobards. In the 12th century the town was still developing fast, until the destruction caused by the Norman wars ruined its wealth.

The city and its monuments

Despite its ‘young age’ Pescara has some really beautiful monuments that are well worth visiting: the church of St. Andrew, with a beautiful fresco inside depicting St. Peter and Pope John XXIII and Paul VI surrounded by bishops and cardinals; the Museum of Genti d’Abruzzo, which represents Abruzzo from its cultural heritage to popular folklore; the Cathedral of San Cetteo, with the marble tomb of the writer and academic D’Annunzio; the home of D’Annunzio, where mementoes, autographs and virtually all the great poet’s works are kept; the National Temple of Conciliation, built in the memory and honour of Patti Lateranensi; the Civil Museum Basilio Cascella and the Fish Museum. Among the most important palazzos there is the Government Palace, Palazzo Mezzopreti, seat of the Music Academy and Palazzo Perenich, seat of the Faculty of Architecture.

The geographical area

Pescara beach has a beautiful seafront, and is equipped with several very modern facilities, with various happenings with fetes, sport and art events all round the year, which constantly attract tourists. We suggest visiting Sant’Angelo, with the Church of St. Michael; Loreto Aprutino, farming centre which cultivates vines, olives and cereals; Manoppello, starting point to reach the Sanctuary of the Holy Face and the Church of Santa Maria Arabona; Montesilvano Marina, joined to Pescara by the beach and the promenade; Penne, built on four hills and made entirely in bricks, from the roads through to the houses, churches and historic buildings.