Off the beaten path: Abruzzo
Abruzzo is located in Central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mostly mountainous and wild terrain. We have to say that this region is one of the less-visited in Italy, and that is a shame because is such a wild and extremely scenic area, with many unspoiled medieval villages and interesting festivals with ancient roots.
To the north of Abruzzo is the beautiful region of le Marche and to the south is the smaller and even less-known Molise region.(Will talk more about these other regions in another post)
L'Aquila is the main city of Abruzzo. Here are some distances in Kilometers from major cities in Italy:
Rome 116 km
Bologna 392 km
Florence 363 km
Milan 604 km
L'Aquila is a medieval town in a pretty mountain setting. It has a well-preserved castle with a museum, a picturesque medieval quarter, and good shops and restaurants.
Sulmona is a smaller city, at the confluence of two rivers with mountains as a backdrop, that makes a good base for exploring the region.
It has a large, round piazza and a good medieval center.
Pescara has a nice seaside promenade, good seafood restaurants, lots of nightlife, and a large archaeological museum. From Pescara you can visit other towns along the coast.
The Abruzzo National Park, centered around the town of Pascasseroli, has only one driving road but lots of hiking and biking trails for all ability levels. There are seven visitor centers where you can get maps of the trails.
Guided tours can be arranged in Pascasseroli. To arrive by public transportation take a train to Avezzano and then a bus to Pascasseroli.
The Gran Sasso is the highest point on the Italian peninsula. The Gran Sasso has
hiking trails, spectacular spring wildflowers, and skiing in winter.
So if you like..small quaint towns, National Parks (three of the biggest in Italy), skiing resorts, natural sites of all kinds, 130 km of beaches (sand, rocks and pebbles..), walled medieval towns, castles, roman ruins and excellent food..Abruzzo is the place for you!