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The Adriatic city of Pescara: more than a typical Italian seaside resort

Pescara is pretty much right in the middle of the Italian boot. The city, which has just under 120,000 inhabitants, is directly connected to the Adriatic Sea. In Germany, Pescara is mainly known as a holiday destination for beach and sun lovers. But the city has much more to offer than just 20 kilometers of expansive sandy beaches, gelato, pizza and Campari Orange. Pescara has many interesting museums, such as the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo, which provides information about the rich historical past of the city.

In addition, the red wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is known and loved far beyond the borders of Italy, is grown and pressed around Pescara. The best conditions for gourmets, because you can enjoy excellent antipasti and freshly caught fish. In addition, the Pescara Jazz Festival takes place here every year in July and August, where international jazz greats such as Joan Baez perform again and again.

In the midst of locals on the Adriatic beach of Pescara

Sacro Cuore di Gesu,
Sacro Cuore di Gesu, Image: Dariusz Jarzabek / shutterstock

Pescara is not only very popular with international guests. Local tourists also like to travel here, especially from the capital Rome. That’s why on the beaches of Pescara you often have the feeling of immersing yourself deeply in Italian everyday life, as Italian is usually spoken around you. All the beaches of the seaside resort of Pescara have one thing in common: they have an excellent infrastructure. Bathing loungers are rented, there are changing rooms and showers everywhere and the physical well-being is not neglected between cafés and beach bars. No wonder that Pescara attracts families and older tourists in particular, who appreciate this comfort very much.

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The closer the beaches are to the city centre, the better equipped they are with children’s play areas and sports facilities such as volleyball courts or surfing and diving schools. If you like it quieter, you can still travel to Pescara and simply visit one of the beaches a little further away, for example the Spiaggia di Punta Ferruccio, which is located a little south of the city. Here it is relatively lonely to swim below a cliff. As a rule, this enchanted-looking sand and pebble beach is only shared with a few campers. By the way, if you travel to Pescara in August, you often have the opportunity to be sailed across the Adriatic Sea by a real local fisherman on his fishing boat.

Because then there is a fishing ban in Pescara’s fishing grounds and the fishermen use the free time for a small sideline and tourists drive along the coast in their fishing boats. In addition, the great fishermen’s festival takes place in the port and off the coast of Pescara in August, which is a real highlight in the city’s calendar of events.

A visit to Gabriele D’Annunzio, the city’s most famous son

Gabriele D’Annunzio was born in Pescara on March 12, 1863. The writer is still considered the city’s best-known son. In the meantime, a museum has been housed in his honour in his birthplace. On display here are all kinds of personal items from the writer’s possession, such as letters and writing instruments. In addition, when visiting the museum, you can take a journey through time that will take you back to the turn of the century 19. To 20th century, because the building is furnished in the style of that time. There is original furniture and room furnishings as well as clothing and everyday objects of that time to visit.

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Small but nice: the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo

The Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo is all about the region where Pescara is based, Abruzzo. It is housed in a former Bourbon prison building. The collection includes archaeological finds from the city area as well as historical everyday objects from a time when Pescara and the surrounding region were still extremely rural. A variety of historical agricultural equipment completes the museum’s interesting collection.

The most important religious buildings in the city: The Basilica of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori and the Cathedral of San Cetteo

As probably in all of Italy, there is a church, basilica or cathedral to visit on every corner in Pescara. The Cathedral di San Cetteo was not built until around 1930, but it is still the most important Catholic church in the city. It is furnished with valuable paintings donated by the prince of poets Gabriele D’Annunzio. The Basilica of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori is dedicated to St. Mary. Here, too, the interior of the basilica, built in the 17th century, is particularly worth seeing. Legend has it that the basilica was built in a holy place. According to legend, an image of Saint Mary was once sighted on the square where the Basilica of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori stands today.

The Museo dell’Ottocento Fondazione Di Persio-Pallotta: a haven of art

All those who are into art and paintings, and especially appreciate landscape painting, should not miss a visit to the Museo dell’Ottocento Fondazione Di Persio-Pallotta when they are in Pescara. The focus of the permanent collection is on paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 19th century. The works of Italian painters and sculptors, such as Vincenzo Caprile, Giuseppe Casciaro and Edoardo Dalbono, are exhibited here. However, there are also some works of art by French artists such as those of Théodore Rousseau, Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Pena or Constat Troyon.