Abruzzo, Italy boasts the largest area (30 percent of the region) of protected land in Italy, with its many wildlife sanctuaries and preserved parks. No trip to Italy is complete for tourists looking to go hiking and horseback riding without a visit to some of the most famous parks such as the Parco Nationale d’Abruzzo.
For the outdoor enthusiast, your Italian trip cannot end without a visit to Appenine Mountain range. This famous range is comprised of some of the largest mountains in central Italy, where downhill and cross-country skiing are possible for tourists.
L’Aquila, the region’s capital 78 miles Northeast of Rome, holds the Museo Nationale dell’Abruzzo, which is housed in a 16th century fortress that looks out over the city and hosts traveling exhibitions and permanent installations as well – perfect for visitors of Italy looking for an adventure.
The region is known for its medieval villages, some much better preserved than others, scattered throughout the mountains and valleys. The east section of the borders on the Adriatic Sea, and seaside cities, such as Pescara, are popular destinations for Italian vacationers in need of rest and relaxation.
In the south of the region, tiny villages built into mountainsides and nestled within valleys surrounded by vineyards of grapes and olives are typical of the land. No Italy vacation is complete without a visit to Sulmona, the largest town in the area, famous throughout Italy for its confezioni, sugared almond candies.
Abruzese cuisine consists, to name some staples, of lamb, pork, hearty soups, light tomato sauces and homemade pasta, and anything that makes use of local resources. Although this region is far from a luxurious or well-known travel destination, the food, the landscape, and the people of this region who cling to their old traditions, both pagan and Catholic, make Abruzzo an intriguing destination for those interested in visiting a region of Italy hidden from most foreign tourists.
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