The Abruzzo Region
Welcome to the Abruzzo region of Italy! The Abruzzo is an Italian region located in central and eastern Italy. It is the land of sea and mountains. Despite its proximity to Rome, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s least known and populated regions, yet one of the most prosperous regions of southern Italy.
The Abruzzo offers a spectacular blend of snowy mountains, grassy plains, hillside olive groves, vineyards and long sandy beaches. The Abruzzo’s claim to be the greenest region in Europe is well founded. Its natural riches are protected in three national parks (Maiella, Gran Sasso and Abruzzo). Thousands of years of history are reflected in a host of castles, hilltop villages and splendid abbeys. Nineteen of Abruzzo’s villages have been designated among the most beautiful in Italy.
Italy boasts a large number of beautiful and evocative mountain localities, ideal for visiting any time of year. The Italian mountain scene offers tourists a range of unspoilt landscapes: lakes at high altitude, incredible forests, and enchanting villages, festivals, of course, culinary pleasures.
The natural landscape of the high and steep peaks of the Abruzzo region slopes down to a wide range of hills, until it finally reaches the Adriatic coast, crossing territories that are rich in history, traditions and art, that never cease to surprise visitors.
Narrow valleys and impressive and natural paths thrust their way into the mountains and hills speckled with ancient villages and nature reserves, like the National Park of Abruzzo.
Chieti, perched on a hill near the coast, is composed of its beautiful 11th-Century Cathedral; and its National Archaeological Museum, also quite fascinating for its prehistoric finds and vestiges of Greek and Roman civilization.
Pescara offers a mix of natural landscapes and sport for the whole family to enjoy. The source of the Pescara River make it an ideal picnic spot and feature two nature trails. The Tirino River is an ideal location to canoe or mountain-bike along its shores and 18 mile long network of trails.
The territory is an ideal place for birdwatching, trekking and photography. The area of Roccamaiore (Valle dell’Orta) is one of the major climbing sites in Italy. It is also possible to reach by walking or cycling.
The Adriatic coast is characterised by long sandy beaches to the north and pebbly beaches to the south. There are many small villages, monasteries and castles which are very charming and part of many touristic routes in this the “greenest region” in Italy. Popular beach towns include Tortoreto, Giulianova, Silvi Marina, Roseto, San Vito, Vasto, Foccacesia and San Salvo. Along the coast, you can practice all sorts of sea sports including sailing, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing, thanks to well-equipped beaches and modern facilities.
There is an official naturist beach authorized by local Authorities called Lido di Morge
Torino di Sangro. Lido beach Monge is located on the coast of Abruzzo, in the town of Torino di Sangro. The stretch of beach dedicated to the practice of naturism.
Mountains, Lakes & Skiing
The tourist resorts in the mountains offer well-equipped facilities for skiing and winter sports among unpolluted peaks. Among them are Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso. The Abruzzo offers a wonderful countryside for walking, hiking, rock-climbing, mountain biking and skiing which are popular activities in the mountainous areas. The National Parks can be experienced on foot, by bike, on horseback, or by canoe, combining nature and cultural interests.
Throughout the Abruzzo region there is a modern and efficient road network to experience the parks and the nature Reserves with their beautiful flora and fauna.
Italy has many lakes; in fact, there are over a thousand, renowned for their incomparable beauty and each is characterized by distinct features. Small Alpine lakes, which are quite common in high-altitude areas, are excellent destinations for exciting hikes to explore breathtaking landscapes.
The mountains are a plant lover’s paradise. The retreating snow triggers an explosion of bright springtime growth of a carpet of lilac crocuses, poppies, mountain pansies, gentians and a variety of orchids at lower levels.
Food & Drink
The culinary culture of Abruzzo was born in past centuries, combining the simplicity of the kitchen with the goodness and richness of the fertile countryside.
The kitchen is one of the tastiest ways to live the life of the Region with great cooks and chefs from Abruzzo. The Abruzzo is famous for its traditional pasta which is made with spring water in bronze or handmade dies. The typical dishes of the region are based on natural products, including olive oil. From the flocks of mountain sheep comes the finest ricotta cheese in Italy.
A typical meal in Abruzzo is accompanied by a selection of the best wines of the Region: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Sangiovese and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. These are both national and international favourites, esteemed for the excellent production process, quality and price. Abruzzo also features a number of organic wineries in the zones of Chieti and Teramo.
Nearly every village has a festa or festival, celebrating local specialty food with music, wine and fireworks. Abruzzo is an ancient land between the sea and the mountains celebrating its history with festivals offering fascinating visitor experiences.
The charm of ancient Abruzzo shows off its works of art and wonderful monuments found in the archaeological sites surrounded by magnificent scenery. The historical villages are full of craft shops, Romanesque churches and medieval castles.
Throughout August there are many music festivals featuring opera, roc, Jazz music and folk bands.