Here we are in Teramo for the second stage of the Giro d'Italia, a city with a rich history; its medieval village is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Abruzzo. Lying between the sea and the slopes of Gran Sasso, it enjoys a strategic position to visit the surrounding area surrounded by nature, among vineyards and olive trees. Its centre can be visited on foot, and is dotted with ancient palaces dating back to different historical periods and many important churches, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Teramo Cathedral, a majestic example of Romanesque and Gothic style immediately recognisable from its facade. The Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre are of inestimable historical value, and they are located right in the historical centre of the city and still maintain an astonishing state of conservation. All surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Gran Sasso National Park that in winter are covered with a white mantle, and in summer, lend themselves to many sports activities, in addition to cycling, such as hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, canyoning and many activities for children. A varied gastronomic tradition favoured by the proximity of the mountains, for the cheeses and meats that come from the skilful hands of the shepherds, and of the sea, which lends itself to delicious dishes such as brodetto, a fish soup with a unique taste.
Once you have arrived in Pescara, you are in a lively town that lends itself to being visited in every season, thanks to its favourable climate. Lapped by the Adriatic Sea, where the Pescara River flows, it offers incredible views, and perfectly mixes the modern style of its palaces with its ancient origins.
In the centre, known as Pescara Vecchia, is Pescara Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, a white building built in the 1930s at the behest of the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, who was born in Pescara, which houses a painting by Guercino, the San Francesco, which was donated by the same d'Annunzio to the church. Walking along the promenade, you will find plenty of beaches with facilities to enjoy during the day, but especially in the evening, when the many bars come alive with all kinds of events.
Among these there are the restaurants on the sea where you can try the typical fish soup, cod, as well as meat specialities such as arrosticini, a typical dish from all over Abruzzo, or the Penne-style tripe for the most daring.
Finally, the race arrives in San Salvo, a small town on the sea in the province of Chieti, last on the Trabocchi Coast, a sought-after place for summer holidays, lapped by a crystal clear sea and full of beaches for a diverse range of activities.
Its origins are very old, as evidenced by the necropolises found in the territory, and the Parco Archeologico del Quadrilatero archaeological museum, a place that houses most of the historical buildings, including the Porta della Terra civic museum, the Abbey Museum, the Cloister Archaeological Island, the House of the Roman Mosaic, the Roman Aqueduct and the Church of San Giuseppe, which is considered the most important monument in the city, dating back to before the thirteenth century. The territory follows the rural food and wine tradition, made up of genuine products, including handmade pasta alla chitarra, cured meats, the excellent Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and oil, products that are loved and exported all over the world.