If you are planning a European vacation, consider visiting the Abruzzi region of central Italy. This beautiful area might be an ideal vacation spot. You can see scads of churches, lots of Roman ruins, engage in winter sports, simply enjoy nature and much more. Abruzzi is definitely off the beaten path, despite the fact that it is fairly close to Rome. Be sure to read the companion articles presenting western Abruzzi and the fabulous Gran Sasso National Park.
Sulmona is a city of approximately twenty-five thousand. Start your tour at the Cattedrale di San Panfilo built on the site of a Roman temple. From the Cathedral you can stroll down “main street”, Corso Ovido, named for the great poet Ovid and enjoy the arcades, palaces, churches, and shops. The Fifteenth Century Palazzo dell'Annunziata houses the Museo Civico (Municipal Museum). Piazza Garibaldi is named for the hero of Italian unification. It is the largest square in town and boasts a lovely Baroque fountain. Enjoy the market days on Wednesday and Saturday.
Pescara, a provincial capital, is home to about one hundred thirty thousand. You may want to visit the house where the famous Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio was born. Given that he was an important figure in the Fascist history of Italy I’d rather go to the Museo Ittico (Via Paolucci) near the Porto Canale and see the skeleton of a sperm whale. Another choice is the the Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo (Museum of the Abruzzi People). Many of the city’s seafood restaurants are open all year long. Every July it hosts the Pescara Jazz Festival.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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