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Abruzzo is a rugged but beautiful region that lies on the east coast of the Italian peninsula. The internal border of Abruzzo is just 70 miles inland from Rome. As visitors cross the country along the motorway, headed toward the Adriatic sea, the scenery is gorgeous, mountainous and spotted with Italy’s most well-preserved medieval and Renaissance hilltowns.

The region is divided into 4 provinces: L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. Each of these provinces has a "captial city" that bears the same name as the province itself. Between 1948 and 1963 the region included Molise and was called “Abruzzi e Molise”. “Abruzzi”, being the plural form of “Abruzzo”, was used to reference the three Abruzzo regions defined by the 18th century Bourbons who, under Giuseppe Bonaparte, divided the province of "ultra flumen Piscariae" into Abruzzo ulteriore I, with Teramo as the capital city, and Abruzzo ulteriore II, with L'Aquila as the capital. Chieti remained the capital of Abruzzo citeriore (or Abruzzo Citra). Many towns and place names have maintained the plural form (Anversa degli Abruzzi, Tione degli Abruzzi, Villa S. Lucia degli Abruzzi, and the regional capital L'Aquila degli Abruzzi). Nowadays there is just one Abruzzo, and Molise has become its own separate region. The overall capital of the region of Abruzzo is the city of L’Aquila, in the province of L’Aquila. The province of Pescara was added in 1927.

Tourism in Abruzzo has recently become an important part of life here. For years, many Italians from the North and the overly-populated west coast cities have found refuge on Abruzzo's beaches during the summer and in the breathtaking mountains during the winter. Many of the "tourists" who visit Abruzzo each year are actually originally Abruzzese who now live elsewhere for work. In recent years, there has been an interest in Abruzzo, shown by foreigners, and a need for the region to develop infrastructure for welcoming tourists. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on one's point of view, tourists still find travel in Abruzzo slightly challenging due to an old-fashioned mentality that still dominates things like public transportation, street signs, visiting hours, and language skills. Everyone who visits Abruzzo with a guide, however, usually goes home in awe and some nostalgia for this place called "God's country", or the home of the most Rugged, Tough, and Gentle people and nature in the country.

Whether you're a historian or archeologist interested in ancient megalithic ruins or findings from ancient Samnium, or a second- or third-generation emigrant looking for connections to your past or living family members in Italy, or a mountain-biker or trekking enthusiast, or a scuba diver, or just a plain tourist who likes eating, sightseeing and shopping, we have it all for you here in Abruzzo.

 

 

             

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