Top sights of Abruzzo

Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo): streets and Tower, ©angelocesare/Flickr

Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo): streets and Tower, ©angelocesare/Flickr

The beautiful region of Abruzzo is situated in the middle of Italy and its mountainous terrain offers well-equipped facilities and great resorts for tourists who come to enjoy winter sports or climb the rocky walls. The region is rich in culture, traditions, history and art which attract many visitors. Abruzzo is a perfect holiday destination for nature enthusiasts for there are magnificent narrow valleys, impressive paths and beautiful hills and mountains.

You can pay a visit to one of the nature reserves such as the National Park of Abruzzo. In the summer there is nothing better than lying on a lovely sandy beach on the Adriatic coast. There are also many castles and monasteries which you can visit and learn more about Italian culture and history.

The artistic province of L’Aquila

The charming town of L’Aquila is located on a mountainside and has valuable artistic heritage. There are lots to see in town, such as the local castle from the 16th century, the Basilica di San Bernardino, the 99 spout fountain and other sights. The city is known for “the Celestine Pardon” and offers several routes which help you discover and explore art, history and faith.

Rocca Calascio, ©L'Aquila, Wolfango/Flickr

Rocca Calascio, ©L’Aquila, wolfango/Flickr

In the year of 2009 there was an earthquake which damaged this city and its surrounding area severely, including its valuable artistic treasures, but there are still many buildings and places which have a story to tell. For example, the Castello di Celano which gives home to the Museum of Archaeology and Sacred Art is definitely worth visiting and so are the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement: Alba Fucens.

Beaches of Abruzzo

Pescara is an important touristic location in Abruzzo as it preserves the memory of Gabriele D’Annunzio, a great Italian poet. There are several sandy beaches along the coastline which make a great summer holiday destination. So are Tortoreto, Silvi Marina, Giulianova and Roseto or San Salvo, Ortona and Vasto on the southern side.

Abruzzo beach, ©cathywilson35/Flickr

Abruzzo beach, ©cathywilson35/Flickr

Culture and civilization in Abruzzo

We should definitely mention Chieti, its magnificent Cathedral from the 11th century and the local National Archeological Museum, located near the coast. Visit the museum and learn more about Roman and Greek civilization. Teramo is also worth to be mentioned together with the ruins of a Roman theatre and the Medieval Cathedral. In Sangro Valley there is a picturesque town called Scanno which is situated near a charming lake. In the surrounding area you can visit many old buildings and see baroque style gateways. And finally let’s not forget about the hometown of Ovidio, the beautiful Sulmona, a town abundant in traditions, history and artistic treasures.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo): streets and Tower, ©angelocesare/Flickr

Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo): streets and Tower, ©angelocesare/Flickr

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