The Abruzzo region lies about 75 km (48 miles) east of Rome.
Abruzzo is one of the most greenest regions in Europe. Your family will enjoy the three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves.
More than 75% of Europe’s living animals and rare species are living here. Among these you can see the golden eagle, the chamois, and the brown bear. A lot to see for families with little children.
The climate is strongly influenced by the Apennine Mountains. The coastal areas have a typical mediterranean weather with hot dry summers and smooth mild winters. When going up into the mountains the temperatures progressively decrease with increasing altitude and precipitation with altitude.
One of the most beautiful natural parks of the region are the Abruzzo National Park, the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, the Maiella National Park and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park.
The Abruzzo region can be reached quite easily via its Abruzzo International Airport. Several international airlines including low-cost flights from Ryan air connect to the rest of Europe.
The Road and motorway network in the Abruzzo region are very well developed, with three highways that connect the region the region to the rest of Italy.
The Abruzzo region has a beautiful sandy beach ideal for families with children. A lot of cosy familyhotels will make your stay a relaxing holiday.
And in the winter please, travel to the mountains ski resorts. Simple but comfortable and not overcrowded villages.
Renowned for its variety Abruzzos cuisine is one of the best in Italy. In 2013 an Italian organization showed that Abruzzo is the best Italian region to eat in.
Both the agricultural and coastal aspects of Abruzzo have contributed to its cuisine.
Due to the mountains, Abruzzo was for a long time isolated from international influence. This helped to keep the region’s cuisine unique.
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Sports & nature
Abruzzo's vegetation is characterized by the presence of different Mediterranean ecosystems.
The coast and the surrounding areas are characterized by the presence of typical plants of Mediterranean shrubland, such as myrtle, heather and other, while in the hilly areas other species grow, including olive, pine, willow, oak, poplar, alder, arbutus, broom, acacia, capers, rosemary, hawthorn, licorice and almond trees, interspersed with oak trees.
At elevations between 600 and 1,000 metres (2,000 and 3,300 ft) there is sub-montane vegetation, mainly characterized by mixed forests of oak and turkey oak, maple and hornbeam; shrubs include dog rose and red juniper. Elevations between 1,000 and 1,900 metres (3,300 and 6,200 ft) are dominated by beech trees.
In the Apennine Mountains at elevations above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) species include the Abruzzo edelweiss!
The coast in Abruzzo is 129 kilometers long and famous as a tourist bathing resort.
Many of the tourist resorts have the privilege and prestige of being appointed by the Blue Flag certification for water quality and services.
Abruzzo is ideal for family holidays there are many activities that you can do: sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, canoeing, fishing, boating (including jet skiing and water skiing), fishing and underwater photography, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, golf, mountain biking, cycling, motorcycle racing, motocross and off-road, kayaking.... a never ending list with sporting activities...
Fun & Food
You will find a rich culinary tradition, with various traditions attached to each province.
The maccheroni alla chitarra are highly-recommended ( a sort of home-made pasta), while scrippelle are thin strips of pasta eaten in a soup
On the coast, most first courses are fish-based, often made with tomatoes to enrich the taste of "poor man's fish," often found on the shores of ancient fishing villages.
As for the second courses, the typical recipe of Chieti is scapece, pickled fried fish. Guazzettoor fish broth is also mostly consumed in coastal areas and villages, and sometimes in the Teramo Province.
moving to the country side, one will find a good choice of lamb, and mutton. Pork loin, prosciutto, ventricina and other typical salamis are produced locally. If you are looking for these things, then you have come to the right place.
A typical meal in Abruzzo is accompanied by a selection of locally produced wines: Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Trebbiano are the most known.
Abruzzo also features a number of organic or BIO wineries in the area of Chieti and Teramo.
Among the desserts, typically made with almonds and honey, we would suggest to try nougat or torrone; and of course confetti (typical sugared almonds, they are a specialty of Sulmona)
Culture and history info
The most artistically important town in the region is L’Aquila, located near the Gran Sasso.
This city, famous for “the Celestine Pardon,” offers endless routes to the discovery of history, art and faith.
Unfortunately, the earthquake of April 6th, 2009 struck this city and the surrounding area, causing enormous damages to its nice artistic treasures.
In the Province of Aquila, the famous Castello di Celano- today the home of the Museum of Archaeology and Sacred Art - and the remains of the ancient Roman city of Alba Fucens are just some of the numerous testimonies narrating the long and complex history of Abruzzo.
The city of Pescara, an important for seaside tourism, preserves the memory of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Lying along Abruzzo's coastline, Pescara boasts numerous long and sandy beaches.
Beach-goers also flock to places like Tortoreto, Giulianova, Silvi Marina, Roseto and, further south, Ortona, Vasto and San Salvo.
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.
Another important town is Teramo, with its Medieval Cathedral and the remains of a Roman theatre and amphitheatre.
The countless old borgoes in the Province serveas the repositories of a rural lifestyle whose traditions are still alive today, thanks to local folklore and handicraft.
But one of the most picturesque towns is Scanno, located near an enchanting lake in the Sangro Valley, with its narrow alleys, Baroque gateways and old buildings. Sulmona, the hometown of poet Ovidio, is equally-rich in history, traditions and artistic treasures, including the famous Hermitage of Pope Celestine V.