Often overlooked by foreign tourists, mountainous Abruzzo fell on hard times after the devastating 2009 earthquake hit L’Aquila, the capital of the region. Not only did walls come tumbling down, so did tourism arrivals unrelated to ski or mountaineering. Travelers are finding their way back, lured by Abruzzo’s assets: the greenest region of Europe, with fully 1/3 of its open space protected; its plentiful wildlife including iconic species like the Abruzzo chamois; its wonderful hiking trails and long stretches of scenic roads; its rich gastronomy; beautiful Adriatic beaches; untainted medieval and Renaissance towns rivaling Tuscany and Umbria; 20 of Italy’s “Most Beautiful Cities.” Worth exploring? Definitely!
Expand your horizons…. Abruzzo borders on Marche in the north, Lazio to the west and southwest, Molise to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The western border of Abruzzo is only 80 km (50 miles) from the splendors of Rome. It is easy to combine Abruzzo with a tour of Urbino, in Marche; with Hadrian’s Villa and Tivoli, in Lazio (Emperor Hadrian was born in Abruzzo); and with a visit to Italy’s oldest bell foundry in Agnone, in Molise.
Note: All driving tours feature English-speaking drivers and are private unless otherwise mentioned. Tours are priced based on pick-up point and number of participants. All sightseeing tours are accompanied by expert local guides.