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Like the rest of Italy, Abruzzo has history, art, and delicious cuisine, as well as beautiful scenery that will change with the seasons. But because this region remains relatively unknown, prices are lower than in many parts of the country, which makes Abruzzo one of the best values in Europe today.
With 82 miles of white sandy beaches, the high peaks of the Apennines, and everything in between, Abruzzo is an undiscovered paradise that unites all of Italy’s best features. I’ve lived here for more than 24 years now, and I can tell you first-hand that there’s nothing quite like Abruzzo; it’s unique in Western Europe.
In Abruzzo you’ll discover ancient towns and enjoy their traditional festivals, explore endless national parks, go cycling through a wide variety of environments in the region, go skiing in one of the 22 ski resorts, or simply relax by the sea on our beautiful beaches.
Located on Italy’s eastern coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo is the greenest region in Italy. We have three national parks and one regional park, and we are home to 75% of the species of fauna that live in Europe—almost 40% of our territory is under environmental protection to guarantee their survival.
Based on where you are in Abruzzo, you will find different climates. The seaside has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers (temperatures can go higher than 100°F) and mild winters with minimum nighttime temperatures of 48°F. But if you are up in the mountains, winters are cooler and snow is not unexpected as the temperatures go below the freezing point. Summers in the mountains are warm (around 86°F) with a pleasant breeze to keep things comfortable.
Pescara, L’Aquila, Chieti, and Teramo are the main cities that claim different parts of the territory. Pescara, the biggest city in Abruzzo, is on the sea and is the most modern of the main cities. It has good connections with all of Italy as well as ferries that cross the Adriatic Sea, bound for destinations such as Croatia. Continue reading