About the Region Abruzzo - Abruzzo
It is thanks to historical isolation from the mountains and a sensible development policy that the natural beauty of Abruzzo has remained intact. Abruzzo has four regional provinces including: L'Aquila, Pescara, Chieti and Teramo. The region stretches from the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, hosting the highest mountains of Central Italy, with landscapes of rugged beauty, and peaks, often higher than 2,000 meters. Maintaining its cultural identity and a low population density (1.25 million residents in the entire region), the Abruzzo region has one of Italy's lowest crime rates.
When you arrive in Pescara, you will be tempted by its 6 1/2 miles of seaside promenade, wide sandy beaches and a large number of bathing areas. It has become one of the most popular resorts in the Mid-Adriatic.
History makes its presence felt almost everywhere in the form of old Abruzzo churches, castles, villas, houses and Palazzi. L'Aquila is the main province and the capital of Abruzzo with its 70,000 residents situated on the southwest side of the Gran Sasso National Park at 721m above sea level. The town is characterized by its Romanesque architecture as is much of the Abruzzo region. As a university town founded in 1458, L’ Aquila is a lively and dynamic place that often hosts jazz concerts and theatrical performances. Like most towns in the Abruzzo region, it combines traditional and modern-day life in true Italian style.
Romantic mountain villages are found throughout the province. Perhaps the most charming of all these villages is Santo Stefano di Sessanio. As a typical mediaeval settlement, a tall, cylindrical fortress stands proud surrounded by lower buildings and encircled by sturdy walls. Within these walls sits a maze of narrow winding streets, walkways, alleys and elaborate buildings.
The village of Castel del Monte is popular among cross-country skiers in the winter because of its close proximity to Campo Imperatore. A cultural walk has been established in the village. Roccaraso and Rocca di Mezzo are popular skiing locations (downhill and cross-country), as well as the nearby village of Rocca di Cambio (1433 m). These villages are located in the Sirente Velino regional park. Pescasseroli, the largest town in the Parco Nazionale dell'Abruzzo is also a good base for skiing and other winter sports.
From the peaks of the Gran Sasso to the wild wolves in the national park; from its craggy medieval hill towns to the parasols of the Adriatic coast, Abruzzo has everything that a first time visitor or Italophile could wish for. Let your dream home be a property in Abruzzo and don’t miss that quality of life, healthy living and cheaper prices that you’ve been searching for.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ryanair flights to Pescara’s International Airport can be found from London Stansted or Frankfurt Hahn several times per week. The number of flights may decrease in the non-tourist season, so be sure to check schedules. There are also direct flights to Pescara from Paris Charles de Gaulle via Air Service Plus airline.
Flying in to Rome Fiumicino airport, it is possible to drive in a few hours.