Top 5 Things to Do in Abruzzo, Italy
Abruzzo is often overlooked by mass tourists when visiting Italy for the first time, however, this region of Italy has so much more to offer. Here is a list of the top five things to do when you are in Abruzzo.
Discover and explore Medieval Towns
Abruzzo is home to Italy’s most beautiful ancient hill towns rivaling towns and regions in Italy. Abruzzo has won 19 “Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia” awards (The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy) making Abruzzo own the second most number of these awards in Italy after Umbria which has 22 awards
Go Skiing… then go to the beach
Skiing in Abruzzo is one of the best destinations for skiers. Abruzzo has 368 km of runs in 172 different ski tracks and because of their proximity to the Adriatic Sea and winter precipitation patterns, they often have more snow than the Alps.
Pescara is the best place for shopping in Abruzzo and has several outlet stores where you could purchase brands and heavily discounted rates. Notably one of the largest shopping outlet villages is called Citta Santangelo Shopping Outlet Village where over 60 brands are available including CK Jeans, CK underwear Guess, Murphy & Nye, Kenwood, De Longhi, and VFG (Valentino, Marlboro Classic, M Missoni) to name just a few.
Abruzzo is known for it’s superior red Montepulciano D’Abruzzo and white Trebbiano wines. Look out for the DOC symbol (Di Origine Controllato) which represents that they have been quality controlled wines.
Go for a hike
Abruzzo is known as the “Green Region of Europe” and Abruzzo’s natural reserve park, Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, is a model natural reserve for the world. The active development in the morphology of Abruzzo finds its greatest example in the most important mountain groups, the Gran Sasso d’Italia has the tallest peak in the Apenines, the Corno Grande at 2912 m. It is above all its steep and severe look which characterizes this mountain group. The difference in height between the hills of the Abruzzan subapennine group can be divided into two sections. The fist to the north has the natural boundary of the upper course of the Vomarno river and is characterized by the greater severity and mass of the mountains, with a more Alpine morphology which would justify the term ‘massif’ The second running south-east as far as the upper course of the Pescara river which recalls immediately a chain of mountains.