Tourism in Abruzzo


NATURE EVERYWHERE

We are in the Green Region of Europe, a place where the environment is a tenaciously protected resource: more than a third of the territory is protected; there is nothing similar in Europe.

In the four natural parks and the forty-six reserved areas you can admire a beautiful and varied view, dotted by lakes, hills and rocky massifs that are rough but harmonious at the same time.

A trip to Abruzzo gives you strong sensations everywhere: going around the province, in the cities and in the infinite expressions of a nature that is always thrilling. An exhilarating route enlivened by bears, chamois and wolves and calm and clean air.

Likewise stimulating is the Abruzzo that has known how to combine pastime and environmental resources, where it is possible to canoe down the rivers, have enthralling excursions on foot, go down the slopes on a mountain bike or by riding a horse and hand glide over boundless green stretches.


ART AND CULTURE COME FROM FAR AWAY

In Abruzzo the artistic and cultural events go back a long time ago. You can admire interesting remains in Alba Fucens, Juvanum and Peltuinum, although it is the religious architecture that dominates the scene with a great number of abbeys and hermitages, and next to them cathedrals and basilicas. There are also interesting rituals and important places of pilgrimage.

Instead, the traditional Abruzzese feasts are the talk of the town! A rich dish all year around, particularly in summer.

In this land that cherishes its past, folkloric shows and events flourish, multicoloured and bizarre to the eye of the tourist. The summer program is of great importance, full of artistic and cultural events and exhibitions. Plays, concerts, festivals and historical commemorations happen everywhere, in the numerous castles, fortresses, historic villages and in the most unthinkable places.


THE CRAFTSMAN, THE SHOP, THE MEMORY

The ability of the Abruzzese craftsman is lost in the mists of the time. Small but great intuitions often nourished by necessity and passion of the old days.

Fortunately, this heritage has not been lost. Still today, they are the every day materials to speak about Abruzzo. Wrought iron and copper, white stones of Maiella, ceramics and fabrics, tapestry and gold are beautifully displayed in the shops where there is the feeling of the old days and the enthusiasm of the young.


THE PLEASURE OF FOOD

The Abruzzese specialties reflect a world anchored to the joy of conviviality.

The simple and genuine gifts of the land and the sea hold the first place, with extra virgin olive oil and wine to lead a vast number of the specialties: the famous pastas, saffron and cheese, cured pork meats, dairy products and delicious pastries.

And when you have a desire to experiment, no problem: restaurants, inns, trattorias, and holiday farms are waiting for the tourists with open arms.


Skiing in Abruzzo

Abruzzo is a land of mountains and Parks. Just scan the horizon in any nook of this region and you will see rows of peaks, lined up like tin soldiers, looking skywards. These are the Majella, Gran Sasso, Laga and Sirente-Velino group massifs, to name but the largest and most famous.

A fantastic high-altitude universe that is the rocky backbone of this region, constituting the most formidable Apennine mountain complex (with scattered alpine features), strategically located in the heart of Italy and of the Mediterranean.

The mountains of Abruzzo have typically heavy, lasting snowfall, and offer plenty of quality tourist resorts and facilities where one can find outstanding and well differentiated environments for enjoying both downhill and crosscountry skiing.

The areas with the tallest peaks are ideal for downhill skiing, while the numerous vast plateaux, with terrain of various levels of ruggedness, offer some lovely settings for cross-country skiing and ski touring. The rich and varied panorama of ‘domaines skiables’ in Abruzzo includes some resorts that are especially suited for competitive skiers and some others that are more targeted for beginners and families. Thanks to the modern, efficient inland road network (motorways A14, A24 and A25), and extensive upgrading of snowplough equipment, all resorts are now always easy to reach, even in the event of heavy snowfall.

The valleys and plateaux that typify Abruzzo terrain offer the perfect setting for cross-country skiing. Gently rolling plateaux, thick woods crossed by dirt roads and mule tracks, the gentle valley slopes, all of which can offer an extraordinary range of cross-country itineraries.

Every mountain chain in the region offers off-track skiing fans plenty of options for easy and exhilarating adventures in the countless woods or in the wide plains. Abruzzo is also the ideal terrain for those in search of high altitude skiing adventures – the best way to experience the highest peaks and passes – thanks to the abundance of natural resources and ski districts perfectly suitable for such activities. The walls of the Gran Sasso mountain or the wide terrace of the Majella, overlooking the sea and the other peaks, are first-class playgrounds, but for experts only.

It is worth reminding that this sport discipline can conceal a number of risks connected with the conditions of snow and with the perils inherent in the mountains; it is essential to always rely on an alpine guide or to take a specific course if you wish to venture safely on your own.

Always lager is the number of ‘ciaspole’ (snowshoes) fans; this device, allowing hikers to walk on snow without sinking, is becoming more and more popular since it offers the chance to experience the beauty of nature, immersed in breathtaking sceneries, among beech woods and tablelands.

Even dog-sledding lovers will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy an exhilarating ride on sleighs hauled by dogs.

All over Abruzzo, lovers of snow will be able to gratify their passion, thanks to the numerous schools, the ski instructors, the excellent mountain and mid-mountain guides, the men from CAI, the many dynamic associations of aficionados who are keen to try out the latest trend and, last but not least, an efficient mountain rescue service whose reliability has been proven in all sorts of emergencies.

Do not hesitate to ask them to check the practicability of loops and off-track routes in order to enjoy a safe and trouble-free excursion.

You can also count on a wide network of equipment rental facilities, allowing any tourist to venture on the snows of Abruzzo with the perfect equipment.

Coffee bars and restaurants, chalets and refuges, all sited alongside the ski slopes, ensure you can relax with your skis off, catch a tan from the Mediterranean sun that shines on the Abruzzo mountains, or take the chill off around a blazing open hearth.

After skiing, there is plenty more to fill in the day or the evening, even for the night owls who enjoy music and fun.

Many of the major skiing resorts in Abruzzo are located near enchanting mountain towns and villages with an age old history which have managed to tune in gracefully with modern times.

The old centres are well-provided with restaurants and pubs, coffee bars and rendezvous, but often also have mansions and castles, museums and churches, and a wealth of art treasures, all to be discovered and admired; and let us not forget the exhibition centres and visitor centres in the Parks, revealing the marvels of nature that the territory holds dear and the age-old traditions that drive the life of these locations: crafts, food and wine, events.


Ski resorts in Abruzzo


Pedaling in Abruzzo

Bicycle touring is one of the most suitable sports to discover the thousand faces of Abruzzo, unicum of heterogeneous environments and landscapes which cuddle and thrill any visitor undertaking a tour of our Region.

Maybe a bike tour, a travel over the numerous roads, particularly the local and limited traffic roads (slow network), which allow an easy access to the internal areas.

A total of 46 road routes, homogeneously placed in the regional territory, and aimed at showing the tourist Abruzzo’s varied geomorphologic and cultural landscapes (Parks, nature reserves, historical and archaeological areas).

The routes, different in difficulty and length, are suitable both for cyclists who love plains and hills, and for cycle lovers looking for ever new courses for more demanding challenges.

Almost all the suggested itineraries start from built-up areas where it is possible to find tourist information also about the buses, in case only one stretch of the routes is chosen. The different stages of every itinerary (tour) can be reached within a single day or, alternatively, in more days, if a stay in the typical historic centres is preferred. The numbering of the tours starts from the coast.

Tour 1, definitely easy, is “Corridoio Verde Adriatico” (Adriatic Green Corridor), “Ciclovia Adriatica” (Adriatic Cycleroute). This route coincides with branch n. 6 of the great national cycle network (“BicItalia”) and is characterized, in its northern part, by the presence of several cycle lanes which cross wonderful pinewoods and go beyond the main streams of the region, as with Pescara’s “Ponte del Mare” (Sea Bridge), Italy’s longest cycle-pedestrian bridge. From Francavilla al Mare onwards, the coast becomes higher, thus offering interesting panoramic views of the “trabocchi”; maquis is protected in some coast nature reserves.

The tours ranging from 2 to 12 are those that, starting from the coast, enter the first hilly strip, gentle and undulating, with the valleys laying diagonally and perpendicularly to the coast line.

Here, among cultivated and flowery fields, farmhouses and small built-up areas with relevant historical relics (abbeys, sanctuaries, nobiliary palaces) emerge, until Giulianova, Mosciano, Notaresco, Atri, Pescara, Chieti, Ortona, Lanciano, and Vasto are reached. The tours ranging from 13 to 27 belong to the piedmont hilly strip with the eastern part of the mountain chains “Monte Gemelli” and “Gran Sasso” to their North, “Majella” in the centre, and “Monti Frentani” to their South. They are intermediate and difficult routes which alternate the gentleness of the hills with the roughness and fascination of Abruzzo’s first real climbs, already experienced by cycling champions, such as “Majelletta”, from which a wonderful panorama can be enjoyed. From the internal hilly centres, among which Civitella del Tronto, Teramo, Castelli, Penne, Popoli, Guardiagrele, Casoli, and Villa S. Maria stand out for their history and handcraft traditions, it is possible to reach the territory belonging to the National Parks of Gran Sasso, Monti della Laga, and Majella.

Here the cultivated lands give way to pine and beech woods, the valleys become more furrowed and the first lakes emerge, such as those of Penne, Casoli, and Bomba. To the South, the areas of “Medio Sangro” and “Alto Vastese” complete the picture with rougher and wilder landscapes and castles, falls, and calcareous donjons unexpectedly peep out among the hills and the brooms.

The tours ranging from 28 to 41 climb the internal part of the region with the mountain chains of “Laga” and the west slope of “Gran Sasso” to the North, “Monte Velino”, the west slope of “Majella”, and “Monti Marsicani” to the South.

The mountains, which prevail in these routes, are interspersed with uplands such as “Valle dell’Aterno” to the North, “Valle Peligna” in the centre, and the bigger uplands to the South, amazing panoramic corridors for cyclists. Here one finds himself within the four Abruzzo’s parks, “Gran Sasso-Laga”, “Sirente-Velino”, “Majella”, and “Abruzzo National Park”; the nature is all the more engrossing with its woods, ridges, passes, and hermitages scattered around among the gorges.

The routes are here intermediate and difficult and reach the main historical and natural sights such as the regional capital, L’Aquila, with its castle area, and the “Rocche” upland, lake “Campotosto”, “Campo Imperatore” boundless upland, “Peligna” valley with Sulmona, “Sagittario” valley with Scanno and its homonymous lake, “Alto Sangro” with Pescasseroli, Villetta Barrea, and Castel di Sangro, which are all places full of charm and traditions.

The routes ranging from 42 to 46 enter the Marsica, among “Piana del Fucino”, “Roveto” valley, and Carsoli area. In addition to Avezzano, the historic centres of Tagliacozzo, Celano, Balsorano, and Carsoli are surely worth a visit, as well as Alba Fucens, one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites.


Hiking in Abruzzo

Hiking is one of the best ways to discover or rediscover a territory because we can walk without rushing, relaxing in a natural, healthy environment.

Moreover, hiking has a positive impact on all body functions, especially the cardiovascular system, which is why it is so popular today.

Thanks to its remarkable biodiversity and rich presence of natural landscapes, protected for decades, Abruzzo is particularly suited to this kind of activity.

Ancient routes once used by shepherds (‘tratturi’), monks, hermits, and travellers, connecting historic and religious sites, can now be rediscovered by explorers and aficionados of all ages. The many protected areas, including parks and reserves, offer new routes and opportunities for learning about amazing Abruzzo.

The region’s mountains are characterized by dense woodlands, vast plains and peaceful valleys, sparsely populated and still free from the interference of the modern tourism industry. Here beats the heart of civilization and history, and we will gaze with wonder on the Medieval castles, Romanesque churches, and endless villages.

What could be better than a day spent in the open air? With family, children and friends, deep in the protected areas or in the shade of towering beeches, on marked trails, in picnic areas, by streams, waterfalls, lakes, habitats, botanical gardens, park visitor centres, and much more.

Here we have a series of 42 itineraries that are all dedicated to inland Abruzzo (EU directive). Each trail will amaze and overwhelm with its multitude of emotions: a great opportunity to enrich the senses.

The routes were also selected, described and documented thanks to the contribution of enthusiasts (guides, escorts, tour operators) and park authorities, who have made this guide a reality.

The numbering of the proposed routes goes from north to south, starting from the Gemelli Mountains in Gran Sasso National Park, with the Salinello gorges; the Laga Mountains in the eponymous park, with the Cento Cascate valley and Vomano hill ranges, and the Montegualtieri tower.

Moving on, we find the Vestino-Pescara area, with the Lake Penne reserve; the Teramo and Aquila slopes of Gran Sasso with their castles, villages and towering peaks; the Aterno valley, with Peltuinum archaeological area; Sirente-Velino Regional Park with Val d’Arano, Piani di Pezza, and the Velino, as well as the Celano area.

Travelling south we reach Majella National Park with its hermitages and abbeys; the Fara San Martino gorge, the Sant’Antonio woods, from the sanctuary of Ercole Curino at the foot of Mount Morrone, and the Pizzi Mountain area.

Not to mention the River Tirino and the Pescara springs, the Mount Genzana reserve, the Sagittario valley with Lake Scanno. Even further south, in Val di Sangro we find Lake Pennadomo and ahead, in the Frentani range, Mount Pallano with the Italic area and the Cascate del Verde and Abetina di Rosello reserves; the woods of Castiglione Messer Marino; and Celenza sul Trigno.

In and around the Simbruini range, we find Mount Padiglione and the Zompo lo Schioppo reserve. Finally, we enter Abruzzo National Park, with the wildlife area of Villavallelonga; Castel Mancino in Pescasseroli; Val Fondillo; the Camosciara deer reserve; and Lake Barrea.


Unspoiled landscapes for all strides


a journey to discover Abruzzo

There is a whole universe to be discovered between the Apennines and the sea.

Easily reached from most parts of Italy,Abruzzo nonetheless remained at a distance, a little withdrawn, for a long time, but little by little it is very rightly being rediscovered.

The beaches and the cliffs line 130 kilometres of the Adriatic coast and they are probably the best known part of the region.

Previously, the coast was a favourite with families, but younger people and international visitors have started to discover the area thanks to its marinas, sports facilities and many events.

At the same time, thousands of visitors from Italy and Europe have begun to move inwards to the splendid hinterland, seeking out the art towns and old centres, visiting the castles, the churches and the abbeys.

They are also venturing onto the hiking paths in the three National Parks, the Regional Park, the dozens of Nature Reserves and sanctuaries that ensure the survival of 75% of all Europe’s living species, and which make Abruzzo the “greenest region in Europe”.

These are not the only reasons to visit Abruzzo: ski enthusiasts from all over Italy enjoy the snow-covered slopes that have now also begun to attract foreign skiers thanks to international connections through Abruzzo Airport.

Gourmets can rediscover the authentic flavours of regional produce, wines and olive oils, and those who want to focus on wellness will enjoy the spas at the foot of Mount Majella and in theVal Roveto woods.

For centuries, writers and guidebooks have referred to Abruzzo as “strong and amiable”, but local residents would find this definition somewhat limiting.

One thing is certain though: the oversimplified description is based on truth.

First of all, the Abruzzo countryside itself is very strong: basic, rugged and memorable.

Undoubtedly the images of Abruzzo are strong, unbelievably strong: images of medieval villages entrenched on the mountainsides; a chamois, an eagle or a wolf suddenly appearing in the mountain’s most solitary nooks; castles that keep watching over today’s Apennines roads, just as they did in the past.

The wonder aroused by the magnificent mountain ranges like Majella and Gran Sasso, Sirente and Laga, and the Marsica andVelino peaks, is even stronger, no matter the time of year.

In his introduction to the Abruzzo and Molise edition of the 1948 ItalianTouring Club guide, celebrated Abruzzese writer Ignazio Silone defined the mountains as “the most dominating characters in Abruzzo life”.

These rock and snow-covered Apennine giants loom over the hills, the towns and even the beaches of Abruzzo.

Those seeking sports in the region will not be disappointed by the delight of trekking through the snowy canyons of Majella and Sirente; by the soft grassy slopes that provide perfect take-off and landing spots for paragliders and hang gliders; by the sheer rocky faces of Gran Sasso, where Francesco de Marchi wrote one of the first pages in European mountaineering history, as long ago as 1573.

This is where generations of rock climbers, from the end of the 1800s to the present day, have been entranced by the appeal of the “Abruzzo Dolomites”.

For those who prefer culture and history,Abruzzo holds equal appeal in the shape of the Marsican, Samnite and Picene settlements and burial sites strewn throughout the Abruzzo countryside.

Over recent years archaeologists have finally begun to excavate and, as is fitting, Abruzzo’s public authorities have begun to valorize these burial grounds.Museums now display vases, sculptures and elegant beds with bone decorations.

However, the real spirit of the warlike ancient tribes who peopled Abruzzo can be understood by their swords, their discarmour, and their shields.

The turreted castle profiles – Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Roccascalegna, Rocca Calascio, Pacentro, and Celano – are also strong: survivors of Abruzzo’s dark Middle Ages and built to protect the borders and the ancient wool and transhumance routes.

On the other hand, the undulating slopes of the hills are “amiable” in comparison, as are the frescoes in the medieval churches, the endless seduction of local food and wine, the beneficial effects of the spa waters, and the long golden ribbon of beach that marks the eastern edge of Abruzzo for over 100 kilometres.

The monuments that embellish Abruzzo could also be considered “amiable”, standing as reminders of the only two periods in which the area knew some peace.

In ancient Roman times artworks like the magnificent mosaics ofVasto orTeramo were created, alongside enormous works like the tunnels to drain Lake Fucino.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Kingdom of Naples brought a new era of peace to the area, noblemen and bishops erected “amiable” monuments like the buildings and churches of Teramo, Penne, Pescocostanzo, Lanciano and Scanno.

The residents of Abruzzo have been famous for centuries for their amiable hospitality to visitors who come from afar.

This basic friendliness is the underpinning to carefree, colourful local fairs and festivals that grow annually and whose calendar is continually enriched by new events, exhibitions and museums.

Through April and May the mountain peaks iced with the last of the winter snows make a surprising, amiable backdrop to the vineyards, olive groves, orchards and colourful flowering of the hills.

Nonetheless, the “strong and amiable” label is far too restricting for the Abruzzo of the new millennium.

In addition to the strength and amiability of the countryside, history,monuments, flavours, this region is capable of offering a captivating condensation of old and new to residents and visitors alike.

Alongside its unspoilt parks – and what could be more “traditional” than uncontaminated nature? – there are many scientific research and technological excellence centres using cutting-edge expertise, there are sophisticated methods for environmental management of the “Abruzzo of the Parks” – a great “experimental biodiversity laboratory”.

Side-by-side with the reassuring, familiar embrace of the beaches are the marinas, swimming pools, aqua parks and the numerous accommodation, sporting and recreational facilities that the Abruzzo coast offers the most active holidaymakers.

Then there are the classic literary references: Gabriele d’Annunzio and his continuous praise of the Pescara coast and other areas; Ignazio Silone’s preference for the mountains and retreats of the hinterland;Dacia Maraini’s descriptions of the woods of Pescasseroli and the SangroValley.

All to be enjoyed alongside the contributions of an increasing number of contemporary young writers,musicians and producers in Abruzzo. Together with the painstaking preservation of traditional flavours, research has played a key role in enhancing the fine quality wines, olive oils, cheeses, charcuterie, and the region’s products in general.

A few kilometres from the wildest,most isolated valleys where we can travel in direct contact with nature, walking or skiing downhill or cross-country, we encounter the technology and comfort of the wellequipped winter resorts located on all the region’s massifs.

Now the enhanced quality of available publications means that anyone who wants to discover or rediscover Abruzzo can undertake a well-armed approach to the works of art, history, nature, food and wine, and hiking trails.

Most visitors are drawn to Abruzzo for the parks or the beaches, the medieval monuments or the snow, however there are other attractions that are equally valid and increasingly popular: food and wine, crafts, spas, pilgrimage destinations, and locations offering active sports facilities for the young.

Whether you are a first time visitor or an old friend,Abruzzo extends a warm invitation to come and explore the thousand attractions it offers: ancient yet modern, silent yet joyful, and now reached easily by road, rail or air from most parts of Italy.


Sea ​​in abruzzo

A coastline stretching 133 kilometres and offering something for everyone.The scenario that greets tourists reaching the Abruzzo coast is quite varied and will satisfy many different needs.

Soft, sandy beaches framed by pine groves; high, jagged cliffs; small coves and solitary pebble beaches; large, lively fun beaches.

The real added value offered by a holiday on the Abruzzo coast is the human dimension, however : genuine human contact and a real bond with the territory.

The coast is a broad, level strip of fine golden sand as far as the mouth of the river Foro, north of Ortona, with beaches up to 200 metres deep; some areas are dense with typical Mediterranean maquis and sand dunes that separate the beach and from the shady pine groves behind.

The heart of Pescara, for example, offers the d’Avalos and Santa Filomena pine groves (the latter is now a Nature Reserve) for some lovely walks.

Further north, the splendid, famous wood separates Pineto from its beach.The mighty and enigmatic Torre di Cerrano (once a watchtower and bastion against barbarian pirates, now a Marine Biology Centre and a place for lovely walks on the beach, starting at Silvi Marina or Pineto) lies a little further on, facing the blue Adriatic and surrounded by the green of thick umbrella and Aleppo pine groves.

Conversely, the southern coast, from Ortona to San Salvo, is jagged with cliffs and small inlets, often with gravel beaches and coves, where a swim with a diving mask is recommended, to be able to gaze through the clear water at an underworld teeming with marine life.

The tall sandstone cliffs are cleft by the wide gulfs of Venere and Vasto, opening out into wide, sandy beaches.

The gentle, cultivated hills sometimes roll all the way down to the coast, with its ancient trabocchi (fishing huts on stilts) that keep watch over this scenic location.The coastal towns here are mainly little ports where small fishing boats come to land their catch in the evening, then sold to the owners of the many family-run restaurants.

From June to September hundreds of hotels, guesthouses, camping facilities, boarding houses and private apar tments along the whole coast, but more intensely in the nor th, are kept busy meeting the vacation demands of the tourists who choose Abruzzo.

Apar t from resor t accommodation amenities, there are numerous spor ting facilities, agritourism farms in the coastal hills, riding schools and aqua parks, to enhance the holidaymaker’s stay.

Of course there is evening entertainment too, with plenty of places to while away the night having fun: round terraces set into the sea and chic clubs for the night owls, small candlelit restaurants for those seeking romance, and arcades, pubs and music venues for the young.

Compared to the rest of the Adriatic, the resorts on the Abruzzo coast boast two unique features: quiet, safe towns (the region has one of the lowest crime rates in Italy) and the understated, but frank friendliness of the local folk.

There is a carefree, happy mood in Abruzzo seaside towns, both day and night.The sea front, shaded with palm trees, pines and tamarisks, forms the perfect backdrop to the well-known summer activity of strolling, enjoying an ice cream.

Just a few kilometres inland from the sea, the reward is the view of rolling hills, dotted with farmhouses and villages, not so dissimilar to the more famous countryside of Tuscany and Umbria, with rows of orderly fields and crops. Majestic in the background loom the imposing, yet reassuring mountain ranges.

In the background, the impressive, cool outline of the jagged peaks.

The Abruzzo hills can offer many surprises to those who want to add a little something to their seaside holiday.

In addition to the beauty of the numerous old towns, the memorable taste of traditional cuisine and the quality of the local products, there is also the role played by nature, protected by a network of Nature Parks including “Lago di Penne”, “Serranella” on the river Sangro, and the “Sorgenti del Pescara”, all very near the coast.

The Abruzzo coast is not just sea, sand and sun: it is also wellequipped to cater to those seeking some sport, some nature or just some fun – riding the waves on windsurfs or paddling quietly along the coast, diving deep down into the rocks to the south, or with the breezing pushing a sailboat up along the coast.

Sailing enthusiasts in particular will love the uncomplicated Abruzzo coast, with trade ports and marinas installed along the whole shoreline, from north to south.

The ports begin at Martinsicuro and Giulianova, with excellent berthing and mooring facilities.

Then comes Roseto with a typical marina, followed further south by the bigger trade ports and marinas of Ortona and Vasto.

From here it is also possible to visit the splendid Tremiti islands, a Marine Nature Reserve, even just for the day.

However, the biggest marina on the Abruzzo coast is at Pescara, where the location, size and services offered make it one of the most important and modern pleasure craft docks in the Mediterranean.

Its strategic geographical position means it is well-placed to provide the widest possible choice of sailing destinations: ex-Yugoslavia, Greece, the Tremiti islands, the Gargano promontory and the Conero riviera, all of which ensured its success even before it was finished.The marina has 180,000 sqm of water and 72,000 sqm of land and bridges, can berth about 1,000 boats and also has a large shopping area.

There is a full calendar of sporting and cultural events, all open to the public: regattas, motorboat competitions, music events, fairs, markets, concerts, charity events, sporting events of all types.The lovely marina, with its excellent amenities, is interesting and enjoyable, and is open to the public: it is a great place to stroll on a summer evening, among the piers, boats (often luxury craft) and an assortment of shops.

There are also two large aqua parks to enhance the tourist’s summertime experience: one at Tortoreto and the other at Vasto, the latter now one of the biggest in Italy.

An infinite variety of sports, musical events and shows also spice up life in the towns on the Abruzzo riviera (and not just on the coast, since every local village and town can boast its own busy schedule of events).

The extensive calendar also includes some nationally and internationally-acclaimed events, like the Pescara International Jazz Festival, which has been one of the most prestigious jazz events in Europe since 1963; the Premio Ennio Flaiano, also in Pescara, is a renowned film festival; the Estate Musicale Frentana, which is a great musical event in the town of Lanciano; then there is the Spoltore Ensemble theatre festival; last but not least – the Premio Michetti, Francavilla’s own painting award.

The ancient art of hospitality is expressed at its best in Abruzzo’s hotels.

The backbone of the area’s accommodation facilities is along the coast, with hundreds of hotels and guesthouses that cater to every need: from the most sophisticated amenities to the most informal accommodation. Large, modern complexes that can accommodate thousands of tourists, ensuring individual attention to each and every one; small, romantic guesthouses where the clients feel like one of the family.

Menus range from the best of Italian cuisine to traditional local recipes, all prepared with care and the utmost attention to the quality and authenticity of the ingredients.


National Parks






Accommodation facilities in Abruzzo



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