Abruzzo, is a small region on the Italian peninsula, between the Adriatic Sea and the central Apennines mountains. It is a wild and extremely scenic country, with many unspoiled medieval castles and villages. Although geographically part of central Italy, tradition, history, dialect, culture and economy link Abruzzo to southern Italy.
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Abruzzo is also known as a winter sports destination. Rivisondoli, Pescasseroli and Roccaraso, certainly are the most popular destinations for those who live in central and southern Italy. However, your holiday in Abruzzo can also be the right occasion to visit the famous wildlife parks scattered in the region, such as the National Park of Abruzzo, the National Park del Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, the National Park della Maiella and the regional Park of Sirente Velino. The spectacular nature and the rare species of wild flora and fauna such as the Abrusso’s chamois attract thousands of visitors each year. For those keen on art-historical and cultural tourism, discover Abruzzo’s cultural heritage visiting the towns of Chieti, Teramo, Vasto, Giulianova, Sulmona and most of all L'Aquila. Many monuments, museums, castles and churches of national importance can be admired there. Pescara, despite being a modern city has monuments, churches and museums of historical significance such as the Museum Gabriele D'Annunzio set in his birthplace. In the inland mountains there are ancient villages, castles, shrines, monasteries and old churches definitely worth visiting.
Abruzzo has 129 km of long sandy coastline, interrupted in places by pebble beach. The most popular beach to visit are in Fossacesia and Vasto Marina, on Abruzzo’s southern coast. Further north you will find Silvi Marina, Francavilla al Mare and Pineto. Finally, up north and shortly before Le Marche, Alba Adriatica and Martinsicuro close the list of seaside resorts which are considered among the best in Italy.
Abruzzo's food is linked to peasant, pastoral and maritime traditions. A specialty of this mountainous region home of shepherds is naturally lamb, prepared in a variety of ways: roasted, fried or cooked “alla cacciatore” with red peppers. The pecorino is a delicious cheese made from sheep's milk, try it with a glass of wine “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo”, it is a must!!, also to be tried is the Burrata, a truly rare delicacy, a ball of tangy cheese with a soft buttery centre. Fish is also prominent in the traditional cuisine, as some of the best Italian fishermen live along Abruzzo’s Adriatic Coast. Also cooked in a variety of ways the fish of Abruzzo are a treat to the palette.
Just as the variety of landscape that the region can offer, you can find there all accommodation facilities with all comforts you can wish for, hotels, bed and breakfast, residences and camping sites for every pocket and every need.
In Abruzzo as in all Italian regions shopping can be great fun. Very popular are the small markets and shops where one can buy all kind of local products, such as ceramics or local delicatessens and wine.
It does not matter whether you want to relax on the beach or in the inland lush plains or even in mountain resorts. Wherever you go in Abruzzo there is entairtement for all ages and tastes.
Visit Abruzzo, a region of beautiful landscapes that combines ancient tradition and modern creativity.