Official language: Italian
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
You can set out from the port of Pescara to quickly tour an idyllic archipelago of Tremiti or take a longer cruise to the coast of Croatia.
Pescara is most interesting and busy during the summer season when the jazz and film festivals (Pescara Jazz and Premio Flaiano) take place. Also, a regatta and the days of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of fishermen, are held then.
Each year you can enjoy the Ironman competitions in Pescara. The event attracts most renowned triathletes worldwide. If you don’t fancy taking part yourself, take a chance to just come and cheer!
Situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Pescara is most popular among tourists in summer. Yet all the golden sandy beaches, fantastic restaurants serving most delicious seafood, and the proximity of the Apennine trekking routes make it worth coming here all year round.
Pescara surprises with its diversity and excellent conditions for different activities. It is both a seaside resort – perfect for anyone keen on water sports or simply relaxing on the beach – and an ideal starting point for hiking trips. You can also spend a peaceful holiday by the sea with just a one-day outing – Rome is located within a two-hour drive and you need only one hour to get to national parks. Pescara will suit everyone’s needs!
The city itself is not less interesting. You will fall in love with it at first sight, especially if you look from Ponte Del Mare – an enormous, sail-shaped bridge. It is well worth visiting Pescara’s oldest monument – the Fattiboni Palace and the Pescara Cathedral dedicated to Saint Cetteus. The latter one was built in the early 20th century on the ruins of an ancient church. Another interesting temple is the Saint Sylvester Church where you can admire a fresco from the 17th century. Don’t miss L'Aurum where the alcohol of the same name (brandy-based liqueur with orange juice, saffron, and other herbs) used to be produced. If in need of some peace and cool shade, go to the Wildlife Sanctuaries of Dannunziana or St. Filomena, where you can admire the natural flora of Pescara with characteristic pine forests.
What do they eat in Abruzzo? The region is famous for durum wheat pasta, including the local maccheroni alla chitarra, which is produced with the use of a guitar-like device with strings. Go to the port to take a taste of fresh seafood supplied each morning to the restaurants by local fishermen. The best pick from the menu would be brodetto fish soup and fish in vinegar with saffron. Other popular dishes include scrippelle (pancakes in broth) and arrosticini (skewers of lamb meat). When it comes to desserts, our recommendation is almond parrozzo with a bit of liqueur. Best ice-cream is served at Galaterii Del Mare, for best dinners head to Regina Elena, Taverna 58 or Il Diavolo E L’acqua Santa.