From breathtaking, ancient hilltop towns, a little ragged around the edges, to Neolithic caves, Roman ruins, and the best beaches in the country, Abruzzo is as surprising and rare a find as an Egyptian tomb in a scoured desert.
Abruzzo offers travellers a holiday that is as varied as its landscape, with snow-topped peaks, flower-swathed alpine meadows and remote beaches. Remote medieval villages and monasteries tumble down rugged slopes, villagers harvest saffron by hand in timehonoured fashion, and wolves and bears still lurk in forgotten corners. Yet fashionistas throng the streets of Pescara, and visitors flock to the region’s riviera to soak up the sun, gorge on seafood and live la dolce vita.
Rome may have been the epicentre of the Roman Empire, but the reach of this vast civilisation was far greater than just the Italian capital.
There’s more to European beaches than the Costa del Sol.
As the country opens its door to tourists, we take a look at some of Italy’s lesser-known wonders.
Many of Abruzzo’s villages are officially recognised as being among the most beautiful in Italy.
From complex histories to spectacular architecture, castles have so much to offer.
You’ve made it to Abruzzo but you’ve only got a weekend to spare. Here’s how to make the most of a long weekend in the region.