What Does It Take to be Famous In Italy?
What Does It Take to Be Famous in Italy?
Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast and Umbria are all lovely Italian destinations, but away from these usual Italian destinations that tourists flock to, is a place in Italy that is near and dear to my heart and has so much to offer…
My passion from a very early age has always been travel and so far my air miles have clocked up from the 70 or so countries that I have visited. Friends and family, therefore naturally come to me for advice on their holidays, to which I’m always happy to share some helpful tips, but when it comes to asking me for advice on travel to Italy my first response is always a certain one – and this knocks them off their Italian compass a little. It is not a reply they would expect – and rightly so, as someone that has never traveled to Italy has already a perception or an image in their mind of what it is they expect and want to see. “But, what about the gondolas, the Coliseum, the shopping, those beautiful countryside views?” is the first reaction that I would usually get. And, then kicks in my conviction of why Abruzzo must be on everyone’s destination list when traveling to Italy.
It is so unfortunate that Abruzzo has not managed to retain its fair share of lime light on the Italian international stage – but why is that? George Clooney has spent his holidays in Abruzzo with his beautiful partner Elisabetta Canalis. Madonna’s grandparents are from here; Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli and Floria Sigismondi photographer and director are both from Pescara. Some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman have played at the Pescara Jazz Festival. The authors Ovidius Naso inspired writers such as Shakespeare, Chaucer and Botticelli and paintings by the Nicola da Guadiagrele has his gothic art dotted all over the country.
But, of course Abruzzo is more than just about accomplished and famous people; it’s also about people who take pride in the richness and beauty of their region. And, basing yourself in Pescara would give you the best opportunity to explore Abruzzo’s beauty.
Within Abruzzo lie some of Italy’s most beautiful, ancient hill towns rivaling those of Tuscany and Umbria. And, what makes Abruzzo of particular importance to Medieval Villages is the fact that it 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. The awards for these villages are determined by aesthetic beauty but also for historical importance, art and culture and livability.
What’s more, Abruzzo is known as the “Green Region of Europe” and also referred to as “Italy’s Garden” as it offers Europe’s most visually beautiful extensive park systems: Parco Nazionale della Majella; Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo; Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga; Pietracamela, Italia and Parco Naturale Regionale Sirente Velino. Its tallest mountain, Corno Grande, majestically rises 2912 meters above sea level. The reserves are very accessible from Pescara and famous in Italy and worldwide; as a model for nature conservation and environmental safeguard. Winter skiing, horse riding, trekking, cycling, canoeing, paragliding, bird watching and long warm days in the spring and the autumn to walk around the hills and the lakes are some of the main activities.
There are few places that can offer both mountains and sea within a short drive and with the Adriatic Coastline hugging Pescara, it offers you just that – where you can enjoy a swim and unwind in one of the many beach cafes. There are both private and public beaches – all with their own unique personality and character. Abruzzo is amongst one of the regions that boast some of the highest number of “Bandiere Blu Spiaggie” (Blue Flag beaches) in all of Italy, which mean that the beaches are competing to maintain a very high standard and an environmentally sound coastline.
Pescara is the ideal place to base yourself when exploring Abruzzo as you will have easy access to the Adriatic coastline with its long stretch of beaches, wonderful fresh cuisine, shopping, charming medieval villages, the mountain ranges and warm friendly people. And as Abruzzo is not yet discovered by mass tourists, prices are reasonable and dining out means that you are always guaranteed fresh wonderful authentic food at lower prices and a much warmer welcome and hospitality – which makes Pescara and the region of Abruzzo a truly special place.
Thinking about it, maybe it is a good thing that Abruzzo has not hit the international lime light… I recall traveling to an island in South East Asia many years ago and returning back again not long ago only to be in horror of what mass tourism did to it. And while year on year, Pescara and Abruzzo is being picked up on the tourist radar I hope this city and region of Italy never becomes an “A list actor” on the Italian international stage.
Where to stay – Abruzzo Villas
How to get to Pescara: Pescara Airport has regular domestic, European and international flights
Have questions on Abruzzo? Contact Daniela at Abruzzo Villas.
Daniela Al-Emadi, is owner of Abruzzo-Villas.com a website that showcases Abruzzo Villas a self catering spacious villa rental on the Adriatic Coast town of Pescara, Italy. The villa sits on its own hill offering you spectacular panoramic views of the Italian Adriatic Coast, mountains, cities and countryside and all with close proximity to everything that you may need for both a relaxing and active experience to enjoy your Abruzzo Holidays