ABRUZZO REGION

Abruzzo Region is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mostly mountainous and wild terrain.

In the mountains, tourist resorts and well-equipped facilities for skiing and winter sports rise among unpolluted peaks and rocky walls, e.g. Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso. The natural landscape of the high and steep peaks of the Gran Sasso, Laga Mountains, and Mount Majella slopes down to a wide range of hills, until it finally reaches the Adriatic coast.

The route that spans from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses territories that are rich in history, traditions and art that never cease to surprise visitors. Narrow valleys and impressive, natural paths thrust their way into the mountains and hills, as does the amazing and fascinating Aterno Valley, crawling with ancient villages.

Natural reserves, like the National Park of Abruzzo, the Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains, or that of Mount Majella, protect the typical vegetable and animal species of the area, including the golden eagle, the wolf and the Marsican brown bear.

Abruzzo has always been a popular summer vacation destination for Italia's, to relax on the beach. Over the past years there has a major effort to upgrade the road system, helping the interior of the region to discovered. There is a rich regional culture and plenty of Active vacation options. Located in the central western area of Italy and bathed by the Adriatic Sea, the Abruzzi territory has a rich variety natural resources: from the long golden beaches to the impervious mountain zones of the Gran Sasso, from natural lakes to the celebrated National Park. A harsh territory, occupied by long tracts of forest with its flora and fauna intact. Abruzzo still has a mix of popular ancestral traditions exist alongside modern structures for hospitality.

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Physcial Profile of the Abruzzo Region

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OUTDOOR RECREATION IN THE ABRUZZO REGION

PROVINCES OF THE ABRUZZO REGION

 L’Aquila Province (regional capital), Pescara Province, Teramo Province, and Chieti Province.

TOWNS OF THE ABRUZZO REGION

L’Aquila – Capital of Abruzzo, mountain city in northern part of region, home to several churches, castles, and Roman ruins; seriously damaged in the 2009 earthquake
Pescara – Largest city in Abruzzo, major port city, popular beach resort city, home to a summer jazz festival
Sulmona – Small picturesque city in the mountains, birthplace of poet Ovid
Chieti – Small industrial city near the Abruzzo coast, on the Pescara River
Teramo – Small city in the mountains, home to the ruins of a Roman theatre and amphitheatre
Castel del Monte – Beautifully-preserved hill town in the mountains, hosts a popular annual summer historic production
Santo Stefano di Sessanio – Beautifully-preserved hill town in the mountains
Abruzzo National Park – Park stretching into neighboring Lazio & Molise, home to a variety of native wildlife (including fox, weasel, golden eagle, hedgehog, bear, wolf, and lynx)
Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park – Mountainous park, contains Italian peninsula’s tallest mountain
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