The Province of Pescara was created with the foundation of its namesake city in 1927, after the union of two historic rivals: the villages separated one from the other by the Atero River, Pescara and Castellamare Adriatico.
The territory extends from the Adriatic coastline as far as the heights of the Central Apennine massifs. It borders on the Province of Teramo (north), the Adriatic Sea (northeast), Chieti (east) and L'Aquila (south and west).
The development of the city eventually put an end to its ancient parochialism. This territory is also representative of all the major regional characteristics.
In fact, it is possible to distinguish between two contrasting areas: the coastal and hilly external area of the Province, with its clay rises gently sloping into the sea, alluvial plains and sandy shores; and the inner mountainous zone, with its carbonate Apennine peaks.
The inland part of the territory is characterized by the presence of several rivers, surrounded by lovely flora and home to precious fauna: the Pescara River, the Orta, the Tirino and the Tavo.
Two important lakes, Lakes Penne and Alanno, hosta protected oasis.
From the mountains to the coastline, the entirety of Pescara Province offers artistic treasures as well as venues for wellness and relaxation in close contact with nature.
To get to know the city of Pescara, take a walk on Corso Umberto I, which ends at Piazza Rinascita, best known as Piazza Salotto, then move on to the coast by way of Piazza Primo Maggio. The Provincial Government Building and the City Hall are in Piazza Italia. Corso Monthonè, the main street of the old city, is a nightlife hub, while located in the heart of the city is the Vittoria Colonna Museum of Modern Art. One of the most-frequented sites is the birthplace of Gabriele D'Annunzio.
The Province comprises other noteworthy museums, such as the Paolo Barrasso Naturalistic and Archaeological Museum of Caramaico Terme, and the Museum and Archives of Contemporary Artists of Abruzzo, hosted in the Nocciano Castle. Others that deserve mentions are the San Clemente Abbey of Casauria (Castiglione a Casauria), the Museum of Traditions and Folk Arts (Picciano), the Museum of the Salle Castle, the Ducal Tavern (Popoli), and the Olive Oil Museum (Loreto Aprutino).
The territory of Pescara, as with the other four provinces in Abruzzo, preserves an important natural endowment: the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, the Majella National Park, the natural reserves of Pineta di Santa Filomena, Valle dell'Orfento, Lama Bianca di Sant'Eufemia a Maiella and Piana Grande della Majelletta.
Additionally, the Provincial Reserves of Lake Penne, the Pineta Dannunziana (D’Annunzio’s pine grove), and the Natural Reserve of the Pescara River Source.
Sun, sea, sports and movida are the keywords of the Province of Pescara, where wellness is the idea. In fact, the territory offers a mix of nature, suggestive landscapes and sport: an experience for the whole family.
The sources of the Pescara River make for an ideal picnic spot, and feature two nature trails; its karst springs form a lake where it is possible to snorkel or scuba-dive. The Tirino River, rather, is the ideal location to canoe or mountain-bike along its shores, an18.6-mi-long network of trails.
The territory is the ideal place for birdwatching, trekking and photography, in discovery of the animal kingdom, particularly the wolf and the chamois.
The area of Roccamaiore (Valle dell'Orta) is one of the major climbing sites in Italy. It is also possible to reach - by walking or cycling - the Grotta dei Piccioni, the Cisterna Cascade and the Grotta Scura, which is the beginning of a 1,247-ft cavity.
The Angri Valley offers several opportunities, from free climbing to trekking, even horseback riding. The Natural Reserve of Voltigno and the Angri Valley offer possibilities for gliding, thanks to the presence of valley breezes and mountain winds. It is also possible to fish in a small, high-altitude lake.
The Caramaico Terme allows visitors to pursue wellness while vacationing in a typical Medieval village 2,133 ft,the heart of the Maiella National Park. Try the massages and beauty treatments, primarily utilizing thermal waters and muds.
The coastline offers both relaxation and summer sport activity: swimming, spinning and water bike, beach volleyball, beach golf, windsurfing and watercraft rentals. Not only, but many of the Province's beaches have received recognitions for their maintenance, quality and accessibility.
The typical dishes of Pescara are based on natural products, such as olive oil, honey and the well-known lamb arrosticini. A traditional and much-appreciated product is the porchetta, that is the inside of the pig - without the entrails - slowly browned in the oven. Another typical dish is the sheep alla callara, seasoned with several herbs and cooked in a pot for hours.
Then, the little salami called salamelle del tratturo and a great variety of dairy products please gourmands from all over, thanks to the very old tradition of transhumance. The entire region also offers wonderful sheep's and goat's milk cheeses, both ranging from mild to strong.
And let's not forget other particular cheeses, such as the fior di latte, the fresh mozzarella, the scamorza, the caciocavallo, the pecorino and the caprino, made according to long-standing production methods.
There are also several kinds of bread and pasta: the bread al canestro, which rises wrapped in a cloth inside wicker baskets; the cuscinetto, a thin and rectangular bread; and the classic loaf.
The traditional pasta is made with spring water in bronze or handmade dies, and sometimes cut, e.g. with lu carrature or alla mugnaia; its traditional shapes are lasagne, ravioli, fregnacce and pappardelle.
The typical wines of the Province are: Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Cerasuolo and the Moscato di Castiglione from Casauria.