Has anyone been to Pescara?


Jul 21st, 2006, 06:13 AM
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Has anyone been to Pescara?

I'll be travelling with my husband and his family to see his father's hometown next year. It will be a side trip from Rome. He has no more family there, so we'll just go visit his childhood house in the village of Roccamorrice. I can't find much online about the area. What else can we do in the area? How much time should we budget?

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Jul 21st, 2006, 07:18 AM
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My mom and I spent a week at cooking school in the Pescara area a few years ago. Pescara itself has a lovely beach area on the Adriatic. There are plenty of beautiful towns, wineries, and farms all around. So you could spend 1 or 2 days just getting a quick look or much, much more time. One of our favorite towns was Chieti (sp?) and there is a great farm/B&B where we spent almost a whole day learning about olive oil, relaxing, and of coure, eating.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 07:27 AM
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I don't think Pescara in and of itself has much to offer (besides what Golfergal mentioned), but Abruzzo certainly does. It is a gorgeous region--one of my current favorites--and I would suggest visiting as far away as Sulmona and L'Aquila, even on your way to Pescara. Nearby Pescara is Atri, which is cute. We also liked Teramo--a flat little town with a really pretty cathedral.

Also, if you like ceramics, Castelli, in the interior, is a great place to go. A tiny town that is filled to the brim with its famous ceramics.

Abruzzo is still one of those undiscovered regions, but it has got a lot to offer. The interior is really wild and foresty, and the little crumbling towns, as well as the above-mentioned gems, are great places to stop over. Speaking some Italian will help.

Golfergal: thanks for the info on Chieti. I was wondering about it recently!
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Jul 21st, 2006, 07:35 AM
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I agree with Jackie - it's a lovely region.



P.S. Roccamorice has only 1 'r'

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Jul 21st, 2006, 07:56 AM
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We stayed in Pescara last month and were pleasantly surprised. Our hotel was near a lovely pedestrian-only area lined with elegant shopping (Corso Umberto).
The Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, which documents the customs and culture of the area is worth a visit.
Near the beach is the Art Gallery of modern art. Across the street, stop at Camplone’s Pasticceria
for meranda and an ‘old world’ experience with waiters serving tea, drinks and gelato on silver trays. Pescara was a major target in WW2 and there are a couple of WW2 cemeteries, Moro River near Ortono and Sangro River War Cemetery closer to Vasto.
There are many excellent vineyard tours in the area but we didn’t have enough time to indulge.

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Jul 21st, 2006, 08:23 AM
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Thank you all for your quick and helpful replies. We all like winery tours so that should be a good choice, and I'll have to look up more about Chieti and Castelli. I may have more specific questions as I get more planned.

Thanks again!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 10:27 AM
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It looks like we will have four days there at a B&B in Roccamorrice. I imagine the transit in the area may not be that good. Can anyone reccomend a company where we could hire a driver for a few day trips? Would it be too difficult to drive ourselves?

Also, what are the names of some good wineries to visit?

Any adivce would help. Thanks!
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