The route from Gran Sasso to the sea leads through a historic area with a long-standing tradition and a considerable cultural legacy. The numerous nature protection areas provide special protection to a wide range of local flora and fauna species including golden eagles, wolves and bears. The north is characterised by its wide sandy beaches and the south of the Adriatic coast by shingle beaches.
The regions are: L’Aquila, Pescara, Teramo, Chieti. L’Aquila, the town of ‘heavenly reconciliation’, is home to some cultural monuments of inestimable value: the Basilica of St. Bernardino, the Church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, the Spanish fortress (16th century) and the Fontana delle 99 Cannelle (fountain of 99 spouts). Unfortunately the earthquake of 6 April 2009 damaged many of the artistic monuments. Monuments from the diverse history of Abruzzo: Castello di Celano, the ruins of Alba Fucens. Particularly worth a mention is Pescara, a popular holiday resort with wide-ranging sandy beaches and the birthplace of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Also worth seeing are Tortoreto, Silvi Marina, Giulianova, Roseto, Vasto, Ortona and San Salvo. Chieti has a magnificent cathedral dating from the 11th century: the archaeological state museum with significant collections including from Greek and Roman antiquity. Teramo is home to a mediaeval cathedral and the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. The old villages are home to agricultural and craft-based traditions as well as folk customs.
Scanno with its narrow alleyways, baroque doorways and antique palazzi is located in the Sangro valley by a captivating lake. Also worth seeing is Sulmona which is rich in history and traditions and the birthplace of the Roman poet Ovid. Abruzzo offers wide-ranging panoramic views from the Apennines.
from skiing to walking, hiking and cycling tours; mountain climbers and climbers will find plenty to amuse them in the region from Gran Sasso to the Sirente. Riding opportunities on over 100 km of bridleways in the Gran Sasso National Park and Monti della Laga.
You can also enjoy water sports on the coast: sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. There are numerous places for contemplation and inner reflection such as the Coelestins V. Hermitage carved into the rock or the Romanesque- Gothic church of Santa Maria di Propezzano in the Vomano valley.
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