Theme Week Abruzzo – Pescara

27 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Piazza Garibaldi © Freegiampi/cc-by-sa-2.5

Piazza Garibaldi © Freegiampi/cc-by-sa-2.5

Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. As of 1 January 2007 it was the most populated city within Abruzzo at 123,000 residents, approximately 450,000 including the surrounding metropolitan area. Located on the Adriatic coast at the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River, the present-day municipality was formed in 1927 joining the municipalities of Pescara, the part of the city to the south of the river, and Castellamare Adriatico, the part of the city to the north of the river. The surrounding area was formed into the province of Pescara. The poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, a native of Pescara, was a major sponsor for the creation of the new city.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo – Teramo

26 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Piazza Martiri della Libertà © S4mb0r4

Piazza Martiri della Libertà © S4mb0r4

Teramo is a city and comune in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, the capital of the province of Teramo. The economy of the town is mostly based on activities connected with agriculture and commerce, as well as a sound industrial sector: textiles, foods, engineering, building materials and ceramics. Teramo can be reached from the A14 the A24 motorways.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo – Lanciano

25 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Piazza Plebiscito © Olivier Jules/cc-by-sa-3.0

Piazza Plebiscito © Olivier Jules/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lanciano is a town and comune in the province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It has 36,000 inhabitants. The city is also known for the first recorded alleged Catholic Eucharistic Miracle. The city is located on hills and its town territory covers 66 square kilometres (25 sq mi) from Val di Sangro to Castelfrentano, and its elevation is about 265 metres (869 ft) above sea level.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo – L’Aquila

24 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City center © flickr.com - elparainbow/cc-by-2.0

City center © flickr.com – elparainbow/cc-by-2.0

L’Aquila (meaning “The Eagle”) is a city and comune in central Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L’Aquila. It has a population of 70,500 inhabitants. Laid out within medieval walls on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river, it is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d’Italia to the north-east. L’Aquila is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) east-northeast of Rome, with which it is connected by an autostrada through the mountains. The mountains block the city off from warm humid air currents from the Mediterranean, and give rise to a climate that is cool in comparison to most of central Italy, and dry. It has been said that the city enjoys each year 11 cold months and one cool one.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo – Guardiagrele

23 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

View of Guardiagrele © Zitumassin

View of Guardiagrele © Zitumassin

Guardiagrele is a town and comune in the province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It is in the foothills of the Maiella mountain at an elevation of around 576 metres (1,890 ft). Its population numbers about 10,000. Known throughout Abruzzo for its wrought-iron craft, copper craft and gold-work, Guardiagrele was the home of the great goldsmith and sculptor Nicola da Guardiagrele, who was born there in the late 14th century.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo

22 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Abruzzo map © Idéfix/cc-by-sa-3.0

Abruzzo map © Idéfix/cc-by-sa-3.0

Abruzzo is the northernmost region of Southern Italy, with an area of about 10,763 square kilometres (4,156 sq mi) and a population of about 1.3 million inhabitants. Its western border lies less than 50 miles (80 km) east of Rome. The region, divided into the provinces of L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara and the Chieti, borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Abruzzo is split into a mountainous area in the west with the Gran Sasso D’italia, and into a coastal area on the eastern side with the beaches of the Adriatic sea. Geographically it is more of a central than southern region, although ISTAT (the Italian statistical authority) considers it to be part of Southern Italy, as a vestige of Abruzzo’s historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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