Abruzzo Holiday Villa on Adriatic Coast in Pescara...

Europe's Green Region

One of the least populated regions a holiday in Abruzzo offers a taste of the unspoiled Italy.

Large areas of western Abruzzo are protected national parks. There is the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso, the Parco Nazionale della Majella and the Parco Regionale Sirente Velino. The south-west of the region, where Abruzzo meets Lazio, is covered by the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo.

There is an excellent coastline and beaches, with good sandy shores to the north, and rockier coastline to the south.  With good stretches of sand, night clubs and the modern marina at Pescara, this part of the coastline differs dramatically with the southern stretches around Ortona, Vasto and Termoli. In the south you'll find little fishing villages still follow their old trade from little fishing huts raised on piles.

Abruzzo also has a superb and very distinctive cuisine. Meals include maccheroni all chitarra and scrippelle'mbuse, thin pancakes sprinkled with sheep's milk cheese and cinnamon. Timballi are savoury rice or pasta baked in moulds.

Other must sees
Abruzzo's castles include the fairytale castle of L'Aquila and more than two dozen more within 35 miles of the city,  including Ocre, Celano, Castel di Ieri, Gagliano Aterno and Fontecchio.

Atri features olive-planted hills that give way to the calanchi, smooth clay gullies creating a dreamlike landscape. The hilltop town is swamped with museums, cathedrals and marvellous frescoes. An essential stop during your Abruzzi vacation.

The Corno Grande is the highest mountain in the Gran Sasso massif and across the whole of Italy. From the top you can gaze west to the Mediterranean and east to the Adriatic.  


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