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Things to do in Pescara: 7 ideas

Pescara Italy

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Pescara (Italy) is the most populous town in Abruzzo. In addition to being a popular seaside resort during the summer holidays, the city will surprise you with many proposals for every season.

Pescara is the right destination to visit if you want to spend a few days by the sea without missing out on cultural sightseeing.

To help you choose, here are 7 things to do that should not be missing from your itinerary!

1. House-Museum of Gabriele D’Annunzio

Pescara was the birthplace of the great poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, so the house where the poet was born and spent his childhood is a must-see in the city. The 18th-century building was declared a National Monument in 1927.

The house currently houses a Museum dedicated to Gabriele D’Annunzio, starting with his childhood and ending with his war enterprises.

The museum tour is divided into five stages, each of which corresponds to one of the five rooms in the house: the drawing room, the study, D’Annunzio’s room, his aunt’s room and his parents’ room. In addition, all the rooms of the house-museum preserve period furniture, explanatory captions and passages from the masterpiece “Nocturne”.

The other rooms contain clothes, photos, documents and a plaster cast of the poet’s right hand and face.

Useful information

Phone: +39 085 60391

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 1.30pm | Wednesday 2pm – 7.30pm | Closed on Mondays and Fridays

Tickets: full price: 4€ | reduced price: 2€

2. Cathedral of San Cetteo

Pescara Cathedral
The Cathedral of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Credits to: Di Luca Aless – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41423666

The Cathedral of San Cetteo is located near the house-museum. The Church was built between 1933 and 1938 in Abruzzo Romanesque style.

The Cathedral houses the tomb of Luisa de Benedictis D’Annunzio, the poet’s mother.

3. Ponte del Mare (Sea Bridge)

Pescara Sea Bridge
Ponte del Mare (Sea Bridge) in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Credits to: FabriZiock/Shutterstock

The Ponte del Mare “divides” the old town centre from the new part of Pescara. The bridge was designed by the architect Walter Pichler. It was inaugurated on 8 December 2009 and, with its 466 metres in length, is the largest bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Italy.

The aim is to connect two sections of the Adriatic cycle route which, once completed, will link Trieste with Puglia.

The Ponte del Mare offers a splendid view not only of the port of Pescara, but also of Majella and the Gran Sasso massif.

4. Sea Museum in Pescara

A short distance from the bridge there is the Sea Museum; especially recommended for those travelling with children. The Museum is entirely dedicated to the sea and its inhabitants, but also to the relationship with human beings.

In addition to a large fish section, the Museum has cetacean skeletons, sea turtle specimens, shell collections and fishing equipment.

Useful information

Phone: +39 085 4283927

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am – 1pm

Tickets: full price 2,50€ | reduced price 1,50€

5. Avalos Pinewoods

Pescara Avalon Pinewoods
Avalon Pinewoods in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Credits to: FabriZiock/Shutterstock

Avalos Pinewoods is a nature reserve, also known as Pineta dannunziana. The flora is typical of the Mediterranean scrub and there is also a small lake and the Gabriele d’Annunzio monumental theatre: an open-air arena built in 1963.

6. Trabocchi in Pescara

Pescara Trabocchi
Trabocchi in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Credits to: pargabriele/Shutterstock

Trabocchi are typical structures on the Abruzzo coast, somewhat similar to palafittes. These are wooden constructions used for fishing in the open sea, without the use of boats.

In Pescara they are located in the Porto Canale area: some are private, others have been transformed into bars and small restaurants where you can enjoy seafood.

7. Pescara beaches

Pescara beaches
Pescara city beach, Abruzzo, Italy. Credits to: Sonia Cattazzo/Shutterstock

The Pescara city beach is ideal for those with a taste for the sea. Even without isolated and secluded coves, in fact, you can enjoy the magic of the Pescara sea by choosing from a vast assortment of bathhouse, all well equipped with every comfort for adults and children.

If you are willing to move closer to Pescara, we recommend Silvi Marina beach, Francavilla al Mare beach, Pineto beach and Montesilvano beach.

What to see nearby

  • Città Sant’Angelo (25 minutes by car)
    Città Sant’Angelo is part of the Italian Touring Club’s association of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”. The delightful village is rich in architectural and cultural works of a certain prestige.
  • Montesilvano (16 minutes by car)
    Montesilvano is a tourist resort on the Pescara coast, which was recently included among the 15 most beautiful beaches in Italy by Skyscanner.
  • Chieti (20 minutes by car)
    Chieti is a city of art rich in cultural attractions; it is pleasant to explore on foot in a day or a weekend.

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