Bradt's Abruzzo remains the only full English-language guide to this beautiful and increasingly favoured part of Italy. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to cover all developments since the last edition, reflecting the region's growing popularity for holiday homes and as a busy conference destination at the heart of Italy, plus its appeal for wildlife and active tourism, including trekking, family holidays and horse-riding. Abruzzo offers the best of undiscovered Italy from pristine beaches to mountain glaciers, with some of Italy's most beautiful medieval villages clinging to the hillsides in between. This brand new edition of Bradt's Abruzzo provides all the practical and background information you'll need to explore this surprising region.
What makes the Abruzzo region remarkable is that it is still about as unique and authentic an Italian experience as you can get in a country so devoured by international tourism. Abruzzo offers one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country, only a short distance from the tallest mountain ranges in Italy outside the Alps (it is the second most popular skiing centre in Italy outside the Alps) and one of the best places for hiking and flora/fauna spotting.
What's more, despite the economic downturn of recent times, the regional government continues to invest in a 'beautification' project for its major urban centres and in the development of its regional highlights such as mountains, wildlife parks and rural towns. It's notable that in the 2017 national competition for 'I Borghi Più Belli d'Italia' (The Most Beautiful Towns in Italy) programme, Abruzzo was recognised as having 23 of the country's most beautiful towns, trailing second only behind Umbria and with at least a handful more than Tuscany. Intriguingly, Madonna's family hails from the town of Pacentro, to which the singer donated US$500,000 for restoration works after the 2009 earthquake in the region.
Blue Flag beaches, mountain hiking and where to spot rare wildlife such as bears and wolves are all covered, as are untouched castles and frescoed churches and the region's plethora of Roman ruins. Italian cooking and the best places to eat are featured (Abruzzo is home to the majority of Italy's domestic pasta production), and there is extensive coverage of culture and language (Abruzzo is one of Italy's most linguistically diverse regions). Written with warmth and insight by a native Abruzzese, Bradt's Abruzzo contains all the information you need to discover this enchanting part of Italy.
About the Author
Luciano Di Gregorio is a teacher of English and Linguistics as well as a freelance travel writer and journalist. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and has updated several other guidebooks. He was born and raised as a child in Pescara, grew up in Melbourne and is currently working as teacher at an international school in Hong Kong. In school holidays, he divides his time between Melbourne and his house in Abruzzo.
With its fantastic attention to detail and a clear, informative style, this makes an excellent travel companion.--Italia! magazine
PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Background Information At a glance, Geography & geology, Climate, Natural history & conservation, History, Government & politics, Economy, People & culture (inc Religion, Language, Education), Art & architecture*
Practical Information When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist Information, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Gay & lesbian travellers, Travelling with kids, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating & drinking, Public holidays & festivals, Shopping, Arts & entertainment, Activities, Media & communications, Buying a property, Travelling positively
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Pescara History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment & nightlife, Shopping, Sports & activities, Other practicalities, What to see & do
Pescara Province Suggested itinerary, Montesilvano, Citta Sant'Angelo, Spoltore, Moscufo, Pianella, Loreto Aprutino, Penne, Nora River valley and surrounds, Pescara River valley, Majella National Park and surrounds
L'Aquila History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information , Where to stay , Where to eat and drink, Entertainment, Other practicalities, Events and festivals , What to see and do
L'Aquila Province: Gran Sasso National Park and Surrounds Suggested itinerary, Amiternum, San Vittorino, Lago di Campotosto, Near Lago di Campotosto, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Castel del Monte, Fortress of Rocca Calascio, Castelvecchio Calvisio, Campo Imperatore, Assergi
L'Aquila Province: Sirente Velino Regional Park and Surrounds Suggested itinerary, Skiing, Celano, Alba Fucens, Ovindoli, Rocca di Mezzo, Rocca di Cambio, Ocre, Fossa, Le Grotte di Stiffe, Peltuinum , Caporciano, Bominaco, Navelli, Capestrano
L'Aquila Province: Southwest Abruzzo Suggested itinerary, Avezzano , Around Avezzano, The Roveto Valley, Tagliacozzo
L'Aquila Province: National Park of Abruzzo and Surrounds Suggested itinerary, Getting there and around, Pescasseroli, Opi, Fondillo Valley, Villetta Barrea, Barrea and Lago di Barrea, Scanno, Villalago, Anversa degli Abruzzi
L'Aquila Province: Majella National Park and Surrounds Suggested itinerary, Sulmona, Pacentro, Pescocostanzo
Teramo History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, Events, Entertainment and nightlife, What to see and do
Teramo Province Suggested itinerary, Coastal Teramo, Vibrata River valley, Tordino River valley, Vomano River valley, Gran Sasso d'Italia National Park and surrounds
Chieti History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chieti Province Suggested itinerary, Chieti Province: the north, Chieti Province: the south, Majella National Park and surrounds Coastal Chieti
Glossary/Other - Flora and Fauna
Series: Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides)
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19th May 2017
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised