Tourist Attractions in Pescara
Pescara is the most populated city in the Italian region of Abruzzo. It is located on the Adriatic coast at the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River which separates the city into a south and north side. Pescara has some nice beaches, although the beach season is short here. The most famous site to visit in Pescara city is the historic center on the south shore which houses the birthplaces of Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano, as well as the San Cetteo Cathedral.
Gabriele D’Annunzio was an Italian poet, playwright, orator, journalist, aristocrat and World War I army officer known for being provocative and a war hero among other things.
Ennio Flaiano was an Italian screenwriter, playwright, novelist, journalist and drama critic best known for his work with Federico Fellini who he co-wrote ten screenplays with, including La Strada and La Dolce Vita.
Ponte del Mare is the largest pedestrian and cycle bridge in Italy, built in 2007, and many tourists take the chance to walk across it when they visit.
Pescara has held an international jazz festival every July since 1969 (before the Covid-19 pandemic at least) and it was the first Italian summer festival. The festival is considered one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe.
Every summer the city also holds one of Italy’s International Film Festivals, the Flaiano Prizes, sometime in June or July.
L’Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour
L’Aquila is a medieval city in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. The city suffered severe damage in the earthquake of 2009 causing the death of over 300 people, including 20 children, and damage to between 3,000 and 11,000 buildings, making 58,000 people homeless. Nevertheless, there is still the splendor of the Baroque and Renaissance architecture to be seen and admired among the wrecks of what had been standing there for many hundreds years.
On this 3-hour walking tour you will learn about the mysterious foundations of the town with stops at Fountain of the 99 Spouts and the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio and the highest point in L’Aquila at the Spanish Fort where the views are magnificent.
From there the tour will continue through the Piazza Palazzo, Piazza Duomo and then to the Basilica di San Bernardino.
This tour will take you on a journey from medieval times to modern times and will include seeing some of the devastation caused by the earthquake.
Cappadocia: Hiking & Underground City Tour
Cappadocia, Italy is an historical and ancient area located in the middle of Italy and it is a popular place for hiking. This is not to be confused with Cappadocia, Turkey.
First off, a 4 km/2.5 mi hiking tour will take place in Red Valley, a popular place for walking due to its colorful and breathtaking fairy chimneys. The tour’s duration is approximately 7 hours.
The tour will also take you to visit some cave churches, cave houses and cave tunnels before going to the next place, the ruins of the old Greek Village Cavusin, famous for the rock cut churches. The village was abandoned by its former Greek inhabitants centuries ago.
Next stop is for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the largest underground city of Cappadocia, Kaymakli. The city consists of 8 levels, although only 4 are open to visitors, and you will walk through narrow corridors while discovering rooms and storages carved from the soft volcanic stone. Together with the rolling-stone doors, ventilation shafts and deep wells it is an experience like no other.
After the visit to Kaymakli the tour will continue to visit Pigeon Valley, named for the many pigeon houses/dovecotes carved into the rocks there. The final stop of the tour will be the biggest fairly chimney of Cappadocia, Ortahisar rock castle with a view that is unique.
Abruzzo: Historic Cellar Wine Tour and Tasting
This experience is a tour of the most historic winery in Abruzzo and it includes a visit to the wine cellar and the tasting of 5 wines, olive oil and typical food products produced in Abruzzo.
The winery has been producing high quality wines since 1863 and the tour guide will take the participants through the history of the winery as well as through the process and methods of wine making, and there is an opportunity to see the largest wine barrel in Europe.
After the initial tour of the winery a wine tasting presenting 5 wines that represent the Abruzzo tradition, although, there is always an eye towards new innovation and sustainable quality involved in the choosing of the 5 wines. The wine is accompanied by an aperitif with bruschetta and oil, as well as local cold cuts and cheeses.
The tour is 2 hours long.
Abruzzo: Historical Day Tour with a Local Guide
This 6-hour tour will take the participants on a journey discovering Abruzzo’s treasured sites.
A local guide will guide the participants to several different locations, including the filming locations for the film “Ladyhawke”.
The tour will first take you through the ancient route of Tratturo Magno to the National Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga mountains.
Visit the place called little Tibet, officially called Campo Imperatore, because of its moon landscape at the high plain of 1800 meters above sea level.
The Castle of Rocca Calascio is another stop. It dates back to the year 1380 and this is one of the shooting locations for “Ladyhawke”. Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most beautiful Medici-owned villages in Italy, and an optional lunch at a local restaurant, is the last stop of the tour which ends with a guided tour of the village where you get to see the traditional arts and crafts shops, and where you can purchase authentic Italian products like saffron, lentils, cheeses, honey and jam among other items.
Food and drinks are not included in the price.
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