Abruzzo seacoast – low and sandy to inclined beaches

Abruzzo seacoast
Martinsicuro – Photo © abruzzoturismo.it

Abruzzo seacoast – The coastline of Abruzzo is varied, where the low and sandy shores to the north contrast with the inclined beaches to the south.

The Sette Sorelle (seven sisters), seven seaside resorts in the province of Teramo, from Martinsicuro to Silvi, the Pescara, and the Francavilla al Mare beaches, offer high-level accommodation, night-clubs, and in Pescara itself, even a modern marina.

To the south, the scenery changes radically: from Ortona to Vasto, and as far as S. Salvo, sloping shores surrounded by the rich Mediterranean vegetation appear on the coastline. They, too, are well equipped for a pleasant holiday.

The nostalgic fishing past emerges between S. Vito and Fossacesia, where the travocchi, singular fishing huts built on piles, are still today used by the local fishermen.

Abruzzo seacoast: Where to stay in Ortona

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Abruzzo seacoast
Trabocco – Photo © immobiliarecaserio.com
Abruzzo seacoast – Northern coast itinerary

130 kilometers of the coast for all tastes!

The Abruzzo coastline is not all the same but offers vast, sandy shores, high, jagged cliffs, narrow creeks, pebble beaches, and in some places, it is positively wild.

There are hundreds of hotels, guesthouses, campsites, residential hotels, and private flats ready to satisfy all the needs of the holidaymakers. Whereas the numerous sports facilities, farming holiday centers, stables, and water fun parks are there to enrich the seaside holiday with healthy, enjoyable physical activities. Martinsicuro is the first town to be reached, arriving in Abruzzo from the north. Its wide, sandy beaches, excellent hotel, and sports facilities, and a beautiful Tower embellished with renaissance friezes invite the tourist to a peaceful, enjoyable stay. Tortoreto Lido follows with its beach adorned with palms and maritime pines, several hotels, campsites, discos, sports centers, and a beautiful water-fun park.

Where to stay in Martinsicuro

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Where to stay in Tortoreto Lido

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Abruzzo seacoast
Giulianova – Photo © abruzzoturismo.it

Further south is Alba Adriatica, with its beach edged by a pinewood. It has about 50 hotels, numerous residential hotels, flats, and villas. Next is Giulianova Lido, providing a good mooring and berth for pleasure crafts. The upper town offers, apart from the many shops, art galleries and antique shops, a municipal picture gallery with exciting paintings, an impressive renaissance cathedral, a striking Tower, and the beautiful ruins of the antique medieval walls. Following on, we come across Roseto degli Abruzzi: well-equipped beach, with a small tourist harbor, 35 hotels, and a beautiful town hall villa.

Where to stay in Alba Adriatica
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in Giulianova Lido
Abruzzo seacoast

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Abruzzo seacoast From Northern to Central coast itinerary

Immediately after Roseto, we find Pineto with its pinewood right on the beach, a beautiful seafront, and about 40 hotels. Silvi is on the territorial line between Teramo and Pescara, with a 4 kilometers long beach, excellent hotel facilities, night clubs, and many cultural and sporting enterprises. Very close to Montesilvano Marina, famous for its long sandy shores and its large hotels with facilities for congresses, there is Marina di Citta’ S. Angelo with stretches of pebbly beach and rich in Mediterranean vegetation.

Where to stay in Roseto degli Abruzzi
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in Pineto
Abruzzo seacoast

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Abruzzo seacoast
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In less than 15 minutes, it is possible to reach Citta’ S. Angelo village, where we can admire the XIII century collegiate church of S. Michele with its 1500’s patio, the little one of S. Chiara and S. Agostino’s church. Pescara is on down south; it’s a modem, growing city, where people can enjoy modern life can without having to give up the entertainment of a provincial one. The word “boredom” does not come into the tourist’s mind when they discovered the full possibilities: the incredibly long beach, the many hotels, the night clubs, the tourist harbor, the sports centers, and the many cultural bodies.

The visitor should not miss the chance of visiting the birthplaces of Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano, the antique Bagno Borbonico, with the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo (Museum of the Abruzzo People ) and the cathedral of S. Cetteo. From Pescara, with extreme ease, it is possible to visit the countryside: hills, mountains, the National Park of Abruzzo, and that of the Majella, the small piedmont towns. The choice is embarrassingly wide.

Where to stay in Pescara
Abruzzo seacoast

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Abruzzo seacoast
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Abruzzo seacoast From Central to Southern coast itinerary

We leave Pescara for Francavilla al Mare, well-known not only for its beach but for having been patronized by Gabriele D’Annunzio and the artist, Francesco Paolo Michetti, who, in his studio, gave hospitality to artists and intellectuals. Many hotels, campsites, private villas, and flats, numerous clubs all create together an excellent seaside resort.

From Francavilla, going inland, we arrive at Chieti in a short time. It is one of Italy’s most ancient cities that still boasts Roman, medieval, and renaissance ruins bearing witness to antique splendors.

Here, it is a must to visit The National Museum of Archaeology, where the famous statue of the Guerriero di Capestrano (the Capestrano warrior) is. After Francavilla, the coast changes the appearance, and before getting to Ortona, the beach changes to high, jagged cliffs interspersed with small beaches.

Where to stay in Francavilla al Mare

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Where to stay in Chieti

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Pineto deegli Abruzzi

From here, there are boat trips to the Isole Tremiti (Tremiti Islands). Continuing south, San Vito Chietino offers a flat beach which, further down, changes to rocks where we can still find several “travocchi,” archaic instruments used for fishing. Here D’Annunzio, in the picturesque Hermitage, set his Trionfo della Morte and so immortalized one of these machines: “lu travocche di Capo Turchino,” describing it with particular concern for detail.

Where to stay in the Isole Tremiti
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in San Vito Chietino
Abruzzo seacoast

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Abruzzo seacoast Chieti’s coast itineraries

Moving further south, the beach, once again, becomes level and Fossacesia, Torino di Sangro and Casalbordino share the long, sandy shore. At Torino di Sangro it is still possible to see the dunes that, up to twenty years ago, were a common feature of the Abruzzo coastline.

A few more kilometers and we come across the gulf of Vasto Marina. The long beach has adequate facilities, there are agreeable hotels, sports centers, and several campsites.

The historic center, in the upper part, offers various points of interest: the Castello of the XIII century, the Palazzo d’Avalos, built in the 1400s, the bell-tower of Santa Maria Maggiore. On the border with Molise, there is the last seaside resort, San Salvo Marina. Here, too, there is a long beach and numerous residential settlements.

Where to stay in Fossacesia
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in Torino di Sangro
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in Casalbordino
Abruzzo seacoast

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Where to stay in Vasto Marina

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A few items from Abruzzo

La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Grazing In Abruzzo
Bruce Franchini (Director), Lidia Bastianich (Actor)
Lidia loves the region of Abruzzo! She describes the people there as welcoming, giving and jovial, and the hearty food of the region has left her with such fond memories. In the Abruzzese kitchens, Farro, a kind of wheat berry, is cooked as a whole grain and is manufactured in many shapes-both by small artisanal pasta makers and larger pasta companies. She makes this pasta with arugula and ricotta. Following her main course of Lamb with Olives, she creates the deliciously fun Scrippelle-which look like fettuccine-and tosses them in a hot caramel, citrus and apricot sauce for dessert.

Abruzzo. History and art guide
by Latini M. L. (Author)
Although it is a bit too synthetic, to the detriment of the overall readability of the text, the work provides an exhaustive description of the artistic heritage of Abruzzo, inserting points for observation not always recognized. Recommended.

Abruzzo 1st Edition
by Michael Kenna
Abruzzo, located in southern Italy, is known as the green region of Europe because of the system of parks and nature reserves covering more than one-third of its territory. In Abruzzo, Michael Kenna found a cultural identity that elsewhere, for the most part, has been lost to globalization and instant communication. Kenna photographed medieval ruins, ancient villages and a countryside rich in traditional cultivation. As curator Vincenzo de Pompeis writes in the book s introduction, 'Abruzzo's heritage, together with its impressive natural scenery, brings to mind romantic connotations that have historically attracted many international landscape artists, particularly in the 19th century. Michael Kenna fits perfectly into this rich historical vein of celebrated landscape artists who have worked in Abruzzo. Kenna's work often evokes the influences of Romanticism. In his photographs of historic rural landscapes, for example, there is an air of melancholy, which accompanies memories from the past. His images of ruins stir up feelings of passing time, of the constantly evolving ties between history and nature.' This gorgeous new monograph by renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna is published to coincide with a major museum exhibition in Loreto Aprutino, Italy. Richly printed in duotone on matt art paper, and presented in an olive-green cloth slipcase with black debossed text on one side and a tipped-in image on the other, Abruzzo presents 65 images from the series, published here for the first time.

Michelin Map Italy: Abruzzo, Molise 361 (Maps/Local (Michelin))
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Canti Della Terra D'Abruzzo
Ettore Montanaro
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Italian Folk Songs from Abruzzo 1927-1930
LA COPPIA SCIASCIA (Artist)
CD and MP3 reissue of the freat italian folk duo. Comes with rich notes and photos of the couple as well. Pasquale and Clara Sciascia immigrated to the U. S. from the Abruzzo region of Italy, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1927 to 1933 they recorded 44 songs fro the Victor, Columbia and Brunswick record companies. The Sciascias were the first to record a number of Italian and Abruzzese folk songs, 14 of which are reissued here for the first time in 90 years. The songs feature wonderful duet singing and exquisite string band accompaniment. Also included are notes on the couple and their music, photos, and the transcribed and translated lyrics. Includes 20 page booklet.