12 days in Abruzzo Itinerary

12 days in Abruzzo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Abruzzo itinerary planner

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Fly to Abruzzo Airport, Drive to Sulmona
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Sulmona
— 2 nights
Drive
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L'Aquila
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortoreto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ortona
— 2 nights
Drive to Abruzzo Airport, Fly to Valletta

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Sulmona

— 2 nights
Sulmona is a city and comune of the province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbey of Saint Clemente and Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone. Take a break from the city and head to San Domenico Lake and Riserva Naturale Regionale "Sorgenti del Pescara". Change things up with these side-trips from Sulmona: Il Lago di Scanno (in Scanno) and Bosco Sant'Antonio (in Villaggio Sant'Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Medievale di Pettorano sul Gizio, explore the historical opulence of Castello Cantelmo, make a trip to Borgo Medievale di Roccacaramanico e i suoi Ruderi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di Santo Spirito al Morrone.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sulmona day trip planning tool.

Valletta, Malta to Sulmona is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valletta in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Sulmona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to L'Aquila.

Things to do in Sulmona

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

L'Aquila

— 4 nights
L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. Get some historical perspective at Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta. Step off the beaten path and head to Campo Imperatore and Gran Sasso. Change things up with these side-trips from L'Aquila: Centro Storico di Castel Del Monte (in Castel del Monte), Calascio (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta & Rocca Calascio) and Castello Piccolomini di Capestrano (in Capestrano). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Bominaco, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II, stroll through Oasi Di Fontecchio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo della Madonna d'Appari.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our L'Aquila itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sulmona to L'Aquila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in L'Aquila sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortoreto.

Things to do in L'Aquila

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Tortoreto

— 3 nights
Tortoreto is a coastal town and comune of the province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region of Italy.It has two distinct parts. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cattedrale Basilica S. Maria Assunta di Atri and Lido Aurora. Get some historical perspective at Tortoreto Alto and Chiesa di San Flaviano. Venture out of the city with trips to Centro Storico (in Atri) and Roseto Degli Abruzzi (Bagni Marini & Bagno Oltremare). There's much more to do: stroll through Tortoreto Beach, contemplate the long history of Atri, and kick back and relax at Merli Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortoreto trip planner.

Traveling by car from L'Aquila to Tortoreto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from L'Aquila in August, expect nights in Tortoreto to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Ortona.

Things to do in Tortoreto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ortona

— 2 nights
Ortona is a coastal town and municipality of the Province of Chieti in the Italian region of Abruzzo, with some 23,000 inhabitants.Ortona was the site of fierce fighting between the 1st Fallschirmjäger Division and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division during the Italian campaign in World War II. The ferocity of the Battle of Ortona led it to be known as the "Little Stalingrad". Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Rossetti, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale San Giuseppe, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo d'Avalos - Musei Civici. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Tommaso Apostolo, then stroll the grounds of Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sangro River War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di San Giovanni in Venere.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ortona trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tortoreto to Ortona takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ortona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ortona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Abruzzo travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Beaches
The western border of Abruzzo lies only 80 km (50 mi) from Rome, making this central region an accessible and easily explored holiday destination. One of the most sparsely populated regions on the Italian peninsula, Abruzzo has historically been a wild and rather empty part of the country. But it's a growing favorite with vacationers eager to experience an authentic taste of unspoiled Italy. The region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is bordered by the Apennines to the west and fringed by the Adriatic Sea on the east. Among numerous places to visit, you could journey across Abruzzo's valleys and tour its abandoned hill towns for days, encountering only a few other tourists along the way. The region's coastline is much more touristy, featuring many beach resorts and pristine natural areas.