Pescara Mini Guide
Who Should go to Pescara?
It’s one of Italy’s party cities so it attracts a lot of young people including students. The partying centres on the beach and the beachside bars and clubs. The area also appeals to those who like outdoor sports with the stunning mountains of Abruzzo less than an hour from the city. There you can mountain bike, hike or just enjoy the scenery. Back in town, there are a couple of sights worth seeing.
What’s the Best way to get There?
There are lots of different routes that will take you into Pescara Airport which is only ten minutes away from the centre. Budget flights, including those by Ryanair, operate from London
. There are also flights from the US
directly into the airport. Once at the airport, buses and taxis are cheap and readily available to take you into the city. An interesting alternative option is to fly into Rome
and catch the train for a four hour journey through the mountains.
What Should I see in the City?
There’s not a huge amount of interest there apart from the old Spanish walls from when the city was a fortified dominion of the Kingdom of Naples. There’s also the museum, formerly the home, of Gabrielle D’Annunzio, one of Italy’s most famous poets. The old part of the town is worth an afternoon’s stroll too.
What About Outside the City?
This is where Pescara comes into its own. There are miles of beautiful sandy beaches backed by dramatic mountain scenery. The beaches are rarely crowded further out from the resort but the ones around the town are busy and have a party atmosphere.
The region produces excellent wine, the best of which is Montepulciano, a rich red wine from the town of the same name.
Pescara is rare amongst Italian cities in not having very old buildings. Due to wars and conquests most of the buildings are no older than the 17th century with the Spanish city walls from the time it was part of the Kingdom of Naples being the oldest part.
Still, the older part of the town has its charms including the home of one of Italy’s most famous poets, Gabriele D’Annunzio which has now been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. The Cathedral of St Celleus is also interesting despite being built in the 20th century.