Pescara is the main city of the Abruzzo region. Divided into two halves by River Pescara, the city of the same name is centrally located in Italy within the province of Pescara. In 1926, Pescara and Castellamare Adriatico, the part of the city on the north of the Pescara River lying in Teramo province were integrated into a single city of the present Pescara. The unified city of Pescara stretched up to 33 square km in area with a density of population of 3,492 per square km. Geographically, Pescara is located at 42°28’N and 14°12’E.
The evolution of the city, Pescara precedes the Roman invasions. Then, the city and its adjacent river were called by the name of Aternum and were an important part of the country being connected to Rome through the Via Claudia Valeria and the Via Tiburtina. The city also acted as an important port for trade with the Eastern provinces of the Empire. The temple of Jovis Aternium was the main citadel of Pescara. Later, in the year 597, the region was destructed by the Lombards. By 1095, Pescara became a rich city with many remarkable monuments and churches. Piscaria meaning “abounding with fish”, was given during this point in history.
Pescara was a part of the Kingdom of Naples, in the brief age of the Republic of Naples. In 1800, Pescara became a French dominance, turning into a separate municipality. Today Pescara is the largest city in Abruzzi with many historical values attached to it.
Pescara is one of the most important economic, commercial, and tourist centers in Italy. Extending 20 km down the line of the Adriatic Coast, Pescara attracts lots of tourists including Italians. The peculiarity of the place is its stabilimenti , meaning establishments of many beaches. Due to its growing popularity, the municipality authorities and residents have built many restaurants, playgrounds, permanent stationary umbrellas, large shopping boulevards with fashion boutiques, and a very lively nightlife. Between Pescara and close by area of Chieti lies a major industrial district.
Some of the highlighting areas include:
- Gabriele D’Annunzio’s House
- Spanish walls
- The Cathedral of St. Cetteus
- 17th-century painting of St. Francis
- The Madonna dei Sette Dolori
Transportation is not at all a problem in Pescara. The two pan-European roads run across the region, namely, E55 Helsingborg – Kalamáta and E80 Lisbon – Gürbulak. Pescara also has Abruzzo International Airport, three trains, and several bus lines. Pescara Central train station is one of the largest in Europe.