Located on the east coast of central Italy, Abruzzo is a region rich in beauty and spectacular landscapes, with numerous seaside resorts, wonderful lakes, unspoiled parks, breathtaking mountain ranges, castles and medieval villages, monasteries and Roman ruins.
Known as the greenest region of Italy, Abruzzo hosts numerous parks within its borders: the Abruzzo National Park, Lazio and Molise, the Majella National Park and Gran Sasso National Park e Monti della Laga, the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park and numerous protected areas which represent more than 35% of its total surface.
The Abruzzo coast, which is also home to many, is also very popular beaches, beautiful, long and sandy. Many of them have been decorated with the prestigious award "Blue flag" for cleaning and facilities.
We do not forget its beautiful villages, the region has 23 classified among the most beautiful in Italy and even HuffingtonPost mentioned Abruzzo in its article “The 12 best places in the world to live or retire”.
Its privileged location and climate, allow it to offer to tourists and residents a wide variety of activities during the whole year.
The choice of accommodation is vast. You can stay in a hotel, apartment or tourist residence by the sea, in the mountains or in the city. Another interesting choice in this green region is to stay in a farmhouse with stays on a farm or in the mountains in often enchanting landscapes near the villages mentioned above and taste the excellent cuisine and regional wines.
Beach holidays in Abruzzo
The Adriatic coast of Abruzzo is a popular tourist destination, with miles of safe beaches and soft golden sand. It's a unique and enviable coast, with transparent waters that lap the shore and a luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation that adorns the landscape.
The whole area is ideal for a particularly relaxing and comfortable holiday suitable for families. Modern seaside resorts, sports facilities, numerous shops, excellent restaurants and a lively nightlife make Abruzzo one a favorite destination for young people too.
Among the most famous seaside resorts we mention:
martinsicuro - at the foot of the mountains
Alba Adriatica - stands out for its long white sandy beaches, cool pine forests and a cycle path that runs along the entire seafront.
Pineto - known for its shady park and long cycle path. It is a quiet area, ideal for families, with a clear sea with shallow water and many play areas dedicated to children.
Montesilvano - it is a very popular resort for its shallow waters, perfect for families with children
Pescara - a lively and modern city, with a good nightlife and with the largest marina on the Adriatic. The warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it attractive to people of all ages.
Francavilla by the sea - famous for its long beaches and medieval towers
Trabocchi coast - south of Pescara, the coast begins to change from wide sandy beaches, to spectacular cliffs and secluded bays. Great area for scuba diving.
extensive - undoubtedly the city that best combines beaches and culture. The area is full of marinas.
San Salvo Marina - a small and charming town with magnificent and well-equipped beaches.
Other renowned holiday resorts are Tortoreto, Giulianova, Silvi Marina and Roseto degli Abruzzi.Find a hotel, apartment or B&B for your holidays in Abruzzo
Mountain Holidays in Abruzzo
There are three several Italian national parks within the Abruzzo borders - the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, the Monte Majella National Park and the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park - as well as the Sirente Velino Regional Park and various Nature Reserves.
Together they cover more than a third of the territory and they are the kingdom of flowers and wildlife, with wolves, lynxes, bears, etc. But these wild animals are difficult to observe without the help of the national park guides who regularly organize guided hikes.
There are numerous trails that cross these mountains, and they represent an excellent opportunity to discover the magnificent landscapes and the rich flora and fauna of the region. In fact, in the protected areas of Abruzzo it is guarded beyond 75% of the animal and plant species in Europe.
The region also holds the highest peaks of the peninsular Apennines: the Gran Sasso of Italy (2 914 m slm), it Sirente-Velino (2 487 m s.l.m.) e la Majella (2 793 m s.l.m.).
Many visitors come to Abruzzo for its famous ski resorts such as Campofelice, Campo Imperatore, Ovindoli, Rivisondoli, Pescocostanzo, Prati di Tivo, Roccaraso, Scanno and Tagliacozzo.
What to see in Abruzzo
Lake of Scanno
Lake Scanno is the largest natural lake in Abruzzo, and the most suggestive, from the incredible heart shape. It is a quiet and picturesque destination just north of the Abruzzo National Park. The journey to get there, through the Rocky Mountains, offers panoramic views of the region's breathtaking landscapes.
Il emerald green lake and the fresh mountain air are perfect for relaxation, but you can also pass the time by birdwatching or a canoe or pedal boat excursion. And after a walk it is definitely worth a visit Scanno, and its magnificent historic center made up of ancient houses leaning against each other, stairways and the dense alleys that follow one another.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
The Gran Sasso National Park, established in 1991, is the third largest National Park in Italy by territorial extension and one of the largest protected areas in Europe.
The park includes the Gran Sasso massif and the Monti della Laga chain and is composed of a set of mountains, with the highest peak in Abruzzo, the big horn, which reaches 2.912 meters above sea level.
The Gran Sasso has one incredible scenery made of steep slopes and majestic peaks from which you can admire the Adriatic Sea and much of central Italy. Its landscapes are characterized by woods, waterfalls and ponds and dotted with ancient villages, castles, abbeys, hermitages and caves. Do not miss the Caccamo Waterfall in the Gorges of Salinello.
The beauty of the park can be enjoyed by following its multiple paths on horseback, by bicycle or on foot. Numerous excursions allow you to appreciate the plateaus, such as that of Campo Imperatore, known as "little Tibet".
In addition to his abundant fauna, with rare animals such as wolves, cats, wild boars and bears, the park is recognized all over the world also for the diversity of plants which hosts, with more than 2000 species of plants present!
Its main attraction are the remains of one fortress of the thirteenth century, one of the oldest vestiges in Italy and also one of the highest in the Apennines, at 1.460 meters above sea level.
Your position, perched on top of a hill, makes the walk to see it a real challenge, but the reward of the spectacular views from the top is worth it.
To reach the castle you can leave your car in the village and continue on foot following a rather steep path for about 30 minutes. Or you can almost reach the top by car and walk only 10 minutes.
These ruins of a 'ancient Italic city they are a real hidden jewel, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Monte Velino and Majella and by lush green hills.
Here you will find some stunning examples of Roman and medieval ruins including a ancient amphitheater which is still used today for concerts, theater and other events.
There is also a market, spa, castle ruins and temple in the area, making it an ideal place for a day trip.
L'Aquila, located at the foot of the Gran Sasso, is the best known city as well as the regional capital. She is famous for her rich artistic heritage.
Do not miss the magnificent Basilica of San Bernardino, its sixteenth-century castle, or the Fountain of the 99 spouts (also known as the Rivera fountain), decorated with ninety-three stone masks and six single spouts.
One of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Abruzzo is the Basilica of Santa Maria de Collemaggio. Built in 1287 it has been an important religious site throughout history, with the mausoleum of Pope Celestine V found inside.
Unfortunately, the earthquake of April 6, 2009 caused serious damage to the city and its historical and artistic heritage.
In the surroundings there are many testimonies of the complex history of Abruzzo, from the famous Piccolomini Castle of Celano, now home to the Archaeological and Sacred Art Museum, to the remains of the ancient Roman city of Alba Fucens.Find accommodation in L'Aquila
Located on the hills near the coast, at over three hundred meters above sea level, Chieti Alta is one balcony on the region, which offers a succession of panoramic views. The city is rich in remains and buildings that tell the various historical phases. In its maze of characteristic alleys there are beautiful churches, palaces and squares.
You can visit the church of San Francesco della Scarpa Cathedral of San Giustino,Exedra of the Fish market (Seafood and raw fish), a beautiful semicircular structure with a portico, the Palazzo de 'Mayo Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum, with its prehistoric remains and its evidence of the Greek and Roman civilizations.Find accommodation in Chieti
Located close to the Majella National Park, in the heart of Abruzzo, this quiet medieval town, home of the poet Ovid, is famous all over the world for the production of sugared almonds.
Sulmona is rich in history and traditions and preserves precious artistic and historical testimonies of great charm, including the famous hermitage of Celestino V, the medieval aqueduct of the twelfth century, the church of San Filippo Neri and that of Santa Chiara, the cathedral of San Panfilo and Piazza Garibaldi, one of the largest in Italy.
Do not miss the beautiful church of San Francesco della Scarpa and the complex of the Santissima Annunziata, declared a national monument in 1902. In the immediate vicinity, theCelestine Abbey of the Holy Spirit worth a visit for its church and restored baroque halls.
Finally, Sulmona is a ideal starting point to explore the Majella Park and the Abruzzo National Park.Find accommodation in Sulmona
Although it is not the capital of the region, it is one of the most visited cities in the area. Known by many for being the home of the famous poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, this port city, year after year, gains popularity thanks to its vibrant nightlife and music and art festivals.
Despite having a predominantly modern aspect, it hosts several sites of religious, architectural and archaeological interest, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori, the Cathedral of San Cetteo, the birthplace of D'Annunzio e Manthoné course, heart of old Pescara and center of Pescara nightlife.
There are also beautiful outdoor spaces such as the D'Avalos Park, the marina, the most important of the entire Abruzzo coast, and of course, the seafront. The large e is very popular modern beach of Pescara. During the summer, its bathing establishments are transformed into real nightclubs on the sea.Find accommodation in Pescara
The Majella Park
The park consists of a massif interspersed with deep valleys and gorges and hosts one very rich fauna, including large mammals, such as the wolf, the Marsican bear, the Apennine chamois and a vast variety of flora made up of over 2000 species.
It is a ecological reserve like no other. Inside there are seven state nature reserves and various cultural assets, among the most important in Abruzzo.