Pescara Province
Pescara Province
Cugnoli - Photo: Lynxlynx
Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

Pescara Province

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The province of Pescara covers an area of 1,225 sq.km and is bordered by the Adriatic sea to the east and the other three provinces of Abruzzo, Chieti to the south east, L'Aquila to the west and Teramo to the north. It is the smallest of the four provinces of Abruzzo but the most densly populated.

Pescara Province
Province of Pescara, Abruzzo
There is plenty of work in this province with a flourishing tourist industry, major port, lucrative fishing and agricultural industries and an active industrial centre. This makes it more modern, lively and cosmopolitan than the other three provinces of Abruzzo.

Pescara Province
The beautiful hilltop town of Bolognano - Photo: Ra Boe
In spite of being firmly in the 21st century the area has not forgotten its historical roots and traditions and there are many beautiful, well preserved hilltop villages steeped in history. Some of the most beautiful churches in Abruzzo can be found in the province of Pescara.

Pescara Province
Sant'Eufemia a Maiella in the winter - Photo: Nino di Cosmo
Geographically, it is mountainous on its inland western border and gradually flattens out to the sandy, level Adriatic coastline. The province has two important lakes, Lake Alanno and Lake Penne, both of which are artificial resevoirs. Alanno covers 160 hectares and is a protected area, both over the water and the surrounding land on which there is a hunting ban. Lago di Penne (Lake Penne) covers 150 hectares and although protected it has been turned into a pleasant tourist destination. There are 160 species of birds on and around the lake around which there is a walking trail with dedicated picnic areas.

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Lake Penne - Photo: Freegiampi
Pescara
Pescara is the capital city of the province of Pescara and the largest city in Abruzzo, of which it is the regional capital. The city has an international airport, busy ferry port and a large national station making it an easy place from which to explore Abruzzo. It is a University city sharing the sites of the G. d'Annunzio University with the city of Chieti. The coastline stretches for over 16 kilometres with uninterrupted flat, sandy beaches. Pescara also has one of the larges marinas on the Adriatic coast. Pescara was heavyily bombed during WWII which left the major part of the city as a pile of rubble. It is consequently a modern town with little or nothing of the original historical architecture left.

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Pescara - Photo: Luca Aless
The main sites include:

Cathedral of San Cetteo
Roman Catholic Cathedral which was built in the early 1930's, replacing a medieval church which had fallen into a state of disrepair. It is a modern building but has been designed in the Romanesque style which reflects the architecture of the rest of this area of Abruzzo. The organ inside the cathedral is said to be the finest in the whole of Abruzzo.

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Pescara - Cathedral of San Cetteo - Photo: Luca Aless
Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo
An interesting museum depicting four thousand years of traditional life in Abruzzo. The museum has plenty to offer, particularly regarding a wide choice of activities for children.

Piazza Rinascita
An popular square with elegant bars and a good selection of shops.

Pescara Jazz Festival is held annually every July in the Teatro D'Annunzio.

Alanno
The town of Alanno still has three towers and the remains of its original medieval walls. The 16th century church of St Francis is of interest and as is the artificial lake with abundant wildlife and vegetation. Just outside the town (around 3km) is the Renaissance church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This was built around 1485 and has a graceful portico and a fresco of the Deposition. Inside it is decorated in the Baroque style with a spectacular altar.

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Santa Maria delle Grazie interio - Photo: Lynxlynx
Cugnoli
This village is a beautiful example of a hilltop medieval walls which surrounded it can still be seen. Has two interesting churches, San Stefano built in the 13th century and San Pietro which originally belonged to a Cictercian monastery. At the end of August every year the village holds an 'arrosticini' festival. Arrosticini are basically an italian version of skewered meat and vegetable which are cooked over an open fire but Cugnoli has the honour of supposedly being the place where they were invented.

Manoppello
This small village is famous for its church, Volto Santo di Manoppello, which houses the thin veil portraying the 'Holy Face of Manoppello'. The cloth, made from a rare fibre called byssus, was found in a Capuchin monastery where it had been since the late 16th century. While you are there the Romanesque abbey of Santa Maria Arabona is also well worth a visit.

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Manoppello - Volto Santo - Photo: Ra Boe
Penne
Penne is an ancient town dating back to the year 300 BC. It is known as the 'small Sienna' due to the fact that all its houses and streets are constructed of brick. Penne has some beautiful churches including the Duomo (cathedral) with its 8th century crypt, the 12th century Santa Maria in Colleromano and many smaller but historically significant places of worship. Just outside the town there is the protected nature reserve and lake.

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Porta San Francesco - Photo: Stefano delle Monache
Popoli
Popoli suffered badly during World War II and was bombed twice by the British, losing its important 'Julius Caesar' bridge which connected Pescara to Rome. Large numbers of people were killed, mainly women and children, due to a bombing raid taking place during the day on March 22nd 1944when everyone was queueing up for rations. That day is still respected and remembered annually by the local inhabitants.

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Popoli - Photo: Ra Boe
There are some very special examples of architecture in and around the town:
  • Taverna Ducale - built in the mid 14th century and is classed as being one of the most beautiful medieval buildings in Abruzzo.
  • The Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria - built in the 12th century
  • The churches of San Francesco and Santissima Trinità.
  • The ruined castle, higher up the hill and overlooking the town.

Serramonacesca
In Serramonacesca you can find the San Liberatore a Maiella which is an ancient abbey traditionally linked to Charlemagne.

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Serramonacesca - San Liberatore interior - Photo: Zitumassin
Picciano
Here there is an ancient Benedictine Abbey.

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Picciano - Photo: lesovero
Roccamorice
This small village is worth visiting to see the Hermitage of St Bartholomew with its distinctive shaped entrance which was forged by the now dried up rivers of Lavino and Lanello.

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Rocccamorice - Eremo di San Bartolomeo - Photo: Idéfix
The typical dishes of this province are all made from local, natural products, mainly olive oil, lamb and honey. Older sheep are cooked in a pot for several hours with herbs which can be found growing wild in the countryside. This province also produces some varied and excellent sheep and goat's cheeses. The local wines include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Cerasuolo and Moscato di Castiglione.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 10,794 km²
      Population: 1.3m
      Density: 122/km²
      Capital: L’ Aquila

      National Parks:
      The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

      The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Location of Abruzzo
Provinces of Abruzzo
  • Comunes of Abruzzo
    • Chieti (CH)
      • Altino
        Archi
        Ari
        Arielli
        Atessa
        Bomba
        Borrello
        Bucchianico
        Canosa Sannita
        Carpineto Sinello
        Carunchio
        Casacanditella
        Casalanguida
        Casalbordino
        Casalincontrada
        Casoli
        Castel Frentano
        Castelguidone
        Castiglione Messer Marino
        Celenza Sul Trigno
        Chieti
        Civitaluparella
        Civitella Messer Raimondo
        Colledimacine
        Colledimezzo
        Crecchio
        Cupello
        Dogliola
        Fallo
        Fara Filiorum Petri
        Fara San Martino
        Filetto
        Fossacesia
        Fraine
        Francavilla al Mare
        Fresagrandinaria
        Frisa
        Furci
        Gamberale
        Gessopalena
        Gissi
        Giuliano Teatino
        Guardiagrele
        Guilmi
        Lama dei Peligni
        Lanciano
        Lentella
        Lettopalena
        Liscia
        Miglianico
        Montazzoli
        Montebello sul Sangro
        Monteferrante
        Montelapiano
        Montenerodomo
        Monteodorisio
        Mozzagrogna
        Orsogna
        Ortona
        Paglieta
        Palena
        Palmoli
        Palombaro
        Pennadomo
        Pennapiedimonte
        Perano
        Pietraferrazzana
        Pizzoferrato
        Poggiofiorito
        Pollutri
        Pretoro
        Quadri
        Rapino
        Ripa Teatina
        Roccamontepiano
        Rocca San Giovanni
        Roccascalegna
        Roccaspinalveti
        Roio del Sangro
        Rosello
        San Buono
        San Giovanni Lipioni
        San Giovanni Teatino
        San Martino sulla Marrucina
        San Salvo
        Santa Maria Imbaro
        Sant’Eusanio del Sangro
        San Vito Chietino
        Scerni
        Schiavi d’Abruzzo
        Taranta Peligna
        Tollo
        Torino di Sangro
        Tornareccio
        Torrebruna
        Torrevecchia Teatina
        Torricella Peligna
        Treglio
        Tufillo
        Vacri
        Vasto
        Villalfonsina
        Villamagna
        Villa Santa Maria
    • L’Aquila (AQ)
      • Acciano
        Aielli
        Alfedena
        Anversa degli Abruzzi
        Aragno
        Assergi
        Ateleta
        Avezzano
        Balsorano
        Barete
        Barisciano
        Barrea
        Bisegna
        Bominaco
        Bugnara
        Cagnano Amiterno
        Calascio
        Campo di Giove
        Campotosto
        Canistro
        Cansano
        Capestrano
        Capistrello
        Capitignano
        Caporciano
        Cappadocia
        Carapelle Calvisio
        Carsoli
        Castel del Monte
        Castel di leri
        Castel di Sangro
        Castellafiume
        Castelvecchio Calvisio
        Castelvecchio Subequo
        Celano
        Cerchio
        Civita d’Antino
        Civitella Alfedena
        Civitella Roveto
        Cocullo
        Collarmele
        Collelongo
        Collepietro
        Corfinio
        Fagnano Alto
        Fontecchio
        Fossa
        Gagliano Aterno
        Gioia dei Marsi
        Goriano Sicoli
        Introdacqua
        L’Aquila
        Lecce nei Marsi
        Luco dei Marsi
        Lucoli
        Magliano de’ Marsi
        Massa d’Albe
        Molina Aterno
        Montereale
        Morino
        Navelli
        Ocre
        Ofena
        Opi
        Oricola
        Ortona dei Marsi
        Ortucchio
        Ovindoli
        Pacentro
        Paganica
        Pereto
        Pescasseroli
        Pescina
        Pescocostanzo
        Pettorano sul Gizio
        Pizzoli
        Poggio Picenze
        Prata d’Ansidonia
        Pratola Peligna
        Prezza
        Raiano
        Rivisondoli
        Roccacasale
        Rocca di Botte
        Rocca di Cambio
        Rocca Di Mezzo
        Rocca Pia
        Roccaraso
        San Benedetto dei Marsi
        San Benedetto in Perillis
        San Demetrio ne’ Vestini
        San Pio delle Camere
        Sante Marie
        Sant’Eusanio Forconese
        Santo Stefano di Sessanio
        San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
        Scanno
        Scontrone
        Scoppito
        Scurcola Marsicana
        Secinaro
        Sulmona
        Tagliacozzo
        Tione Degli Abruzzi
        Tornimparte
        Trasacco
        Villalago
        Villa Santa Lucia
        Villa Sant’Angelo
        Villavallelonga
        Villetta Barrea
        Vittorito
    • Pescara (PE)
      • Abbateggio
        Alanno
        Bolognano
        Brittoli
        Bussi sul Tirino
        Cappelle sul Tavo
        Caramanico Terme
        Carpineto della Nora
        Castiglione a Casauria
        Catignano
        Cepagatti
        Città Sant’Angelo
        Civitaquana
        Civitella Casanova
        Collecorvino
        Corvara
        Cugnoli
        Elice
        Farindola
        Lettomanoppello
        Loreto Aprutino
        Manoppello
        Montebello di Bertona
        Montesilvano
        Moscufo
        Nocciano
        Penne
        Pescara
        Pescosansonesco
        Pianella
        Picciano
        Pietranico
        Popoli
        Roccamorice
        Rosciano
        Salle
        Sant’Eufemia a Maiella
        San Valentino in
        Abruzzo Citeriore
        Scafa
        Serramonacesca
        Spoltore
        Tocco da Casauria
        Torre de’ Passeri
        Turrivalignani
        Vicoli
        Villa Celiera
    • Teramo (TE)
      • Alba Adriatica
        Ancarano
        Arsita
        Atri
        Basciano
        Bellante
        Bisenti
        Campli
        Canzano
        Castel Castagna
        Castellalto
        Castelli
        Castiglione Messer Raimondo
        Castilenti
        Cellino Attanasio
        Cermignano
        Civitella del Tronto
        Colledara
        Colonnella
        Controguerra
        Corropoli
        Cortino
        Crognaleto
        Fano Adriano
        Giulianova
        Isola del Gran Sasso d’ltalia
        Martinsicuro
        Montefino
        Montorio al Vomano
        Morro d’Oro
        Mosciano Sant’Angelo
        Nereto
        Notaresco
        Penna Sant’Andrea
        Pietracamela
        Pineto
        Rocca Santa Maria
        Roseto Degli Abruzzi
        Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata
        Sant’Omero
        Silvi Marina
        Teramo
        Torano Nuovo
        Torricella Sicura
        Tortoreto
        Tossicia
        Valle Castellana
        Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro
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Hotels in Abruzzo
AbruzzoWEATHER
Abruzzo Climate (L’ Aquila)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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