IT - Abruzzo

Geographical notes:
Abruzzo is a region of peninsular Italy, between the Adriatic and the central Apennines, occupies an area of ​​10,763 km² and has a population of 1,345,037 inhabitants. It borders the Marche to the north, the Adriatic Sea to the east, Lazio to the west and Molise to the south. L’Aquila and Pescara host the administrative bodies of the Region; Teramo, Chieti, Avezzano, Sulmona, Vasto, Lanciano, Ortona, Atri and Giulianova are the other most important centers for demographic consistency, tourist and economic importance, attractiveness on the territory.

When to go:
The region, for the countless landscapes and leisures it can offer, can be reached at different times of the year both in winter and in summer; the winter season offers tourists innumerable and equipped ski resorts in various mountain resorts, while in summer it is possible to go both to the natural parks of the region where to practice guided visits and other sports activities, and to the coast where there are many equipped bathing establishments located in many coastal towns. Do not forget also the spas and historic cities, ancient villages, castles, museums, convents, churches, abbeys and monuments.

Territories and tourist destinations:
      Abruzzese Adriatic coast – This is the area of ​​the Adriatic coast where seaside towns have developed which year after year are becoming increasingly popular. Above all, the northern part has seen an urbanization of the coast that recalls, albeit not with the same large dimensions, the tourist boom of Romagna and the Marches. The Teramo coast and the Pescara-Teatino area constitute almost a single tourist conurbation that affects several kilometers of coastline. The southern area of ​​the Costa dei trabocchi, which has also produced examples of urbanization of the coast for tourism purposes, has had less sensational phenomena. This area also has rocky stretches, gravel beaches, not evenly sandy shores such as the northern part. Great seaside resorts are Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Francavilla al Mare, Ortona, Vasto; Pescara, economic engine of the whole Region, and Chieti constitute a sort of metropolitan area of ​​Abruzzo; Atri and Lanciano are extraordinary art centers.
      Abruzzo Apennines – The Apennines in Abruzzo affect a large part of the regional territory, going up to a short distance from the coast, when it does not even reach almost the sea. The highest peaks of the mountain range are from Abruzzo: the Gran Sasso, the highest, reaches 2,913 meters; Maiella i 2,793. Abruzzese is also the primacy of the longest motorway tunnel in Italy, as it is entirely in national territory: the Gran Sasso tunnel that crosses the mountain between the Teramo and L’Aquila.
Important towns have developed in the mountainous areas of the Abruzzo Apennines, as well as a myriad of small towns, almost always perched on top of a hill, which maintain their ancient appearance reminiscent of past times. Often these centers retain walls and fortifications, and sometimes constitute a superb example of a fortified city, such as Civitella del Tronto which is among the largest fortifications in Europe.

L’Aquila, although horribly violated by the 2009 earthquake, is starting to live again. Its historic center so badly and sadly damaged is all a construction site to recover this city which represents the most important center of the region not so much for its administrative function as the capital, but for its art and history. Teramo is the other city that boasts an excellent art heritage; Sulmona of ancient origin combines history and craftsmanship and industrial development; Avezzano, the most important center of Marsica, rose from a devastating earthquake and retains traces of its ancient history
Urban centers
L’Aquila – Fountain of 99 spouts, National Museum of Abruzzo, Spanish Fort, Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio – (with the remains of Pope Celestino V – badly damaged by the 2009 earthquake).
Atri – Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.
Avezzano – Villa Torlonia, Alba Fucens, Claudio’s tunnels, Incile del Fucino, Monte Salviano guided nature reserve.
Calascio – Rocca Calascio.
Celano – Piccolomini Castle, Church of Santa Maria Valleverde, Museum of sacred art of Marsica, Prehistoric Marshes Museum.
Chieti – National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo, IUVANUM museum and archaeological park, Cathedral of San Giustino.
Francavilla al Mare – Michetti Museum.
Giulianova – Cathedral of San Flaviano.
Lanciano – Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano.
Manoppello – Holy Face of Manoppello.
Ortona – Co-cathedral Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo.
Pacentro – Cantelmo Castle.
Pescara – Basilica of the Madonna of the Seven Sorrows, Madonna del Fuoco, Cathedral of San Cetteo, and Gabriele D’Annunzio Birthplace Museum.
Sulmona – Cathedral of San Panfilo, Annunziata Complex, Badia Morronese, Hermitage of Sant’Onofrio al Morrone, Sanctuary of Ercole Curino.
Teramo – Tower of the Cathedral of Teramo, Madonna delle Grazie.
Vasto – Vasto Cathedral, Palazzo D’Avalos.
Other destinations
Ski resorts

Prati di Tivo
Thermal establishments

Caramanico Terme

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