21 days in Abruzzo Itinerary

21 days in Abruzzo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Abruzzo sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Rome, Bus to Pescara
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Pescara
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortoreto
— 4 nights
Drive
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L'Aquila
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castel di Sangro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vasto
— 4 nights
Drive to Abruzzo Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Pescara

— 1 night
Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario del Volto Santo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Basilica S. Maria Assunta di Atri, and then expand your horizons at Abruzzo With Gusto. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pescara trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Pescara is an approximately 27.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Pescara due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Pescara hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Tortoreto.

Things to do in Pescara

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Tortoreto

— 4 nights
Tortoreto is a coastal town and comune of the province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region of Italy.It has two distinct parts. Get some cultural insight at Grottammare Borgo Antico and Saint Francesco. Relax by the water at Tortoreto Beach and Chalet Alex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tortoreto: Cattedrale Basilica S. Maria Assunta di Atri (in Atri), Chiesa di Sant’Agostino (in Torre di Palme) and Cupra Alta (in Cupra Marittima). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Tempietto di Sant'Emidio alle Grotte, don't miss a visit to Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Civic Picture Gallery, and explore the historical opulence of Borgo Medievale di Castel Trosino.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tortoreto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Pescara to Tortoreto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to L'Aquila.

Things to do in Tortoreto

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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. Take a break from the city and head to Campo Imperatore and Lago di Pilato. Popular historic sites such as Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Basilica di San Bernardino are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from L'Aquila: Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia (in Castelluccio di Norcia), Grotte di Pietrasecca (in Pietrasecca) and Rocca Calascio (in Calascio). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Municipio Tagliacozzo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo della Madonna d'Appari, take in the awesome beauty at Gran Sasso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read L'Aquila itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tortoreto to L'Aquila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Castel di Sangro.

Things to do in L'Aquila

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Castel di Sangro

— 4 nights
Castel di Sangro is a city and comune of 6,461 people (as of 2013) in the Province of L'Aquila, in Abruzzo, Central Italy. Get outdoors at Rio Verde Waterfall and Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo. Do some cultural sightseeing at International War Museum of the World Wars and Pietrabbondante - Il Santuario. Explore Castel di Sangro's surroundings by going to Gole di Fara San Martino (in Fara San Martino), Teatro Tempio Sannita (in Pietrabbondante) and Museo Nazionale del Paleolitico (in Isernia). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata e Riserva MaB Montedimezzo, contemplate the long history of Borgo di Agnone, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Castel di Sangro travel route planning site.

You can drive from L'Aquila to Castel di Sangro in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vasto.

Things to do in Castel di Sangro

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Vasto

— 4 nights
The Città del Vasto or Vasto is a town and comune on the Adriatic coast of the Province of Chieti in southern Abruzzo, Italy. Let the collections at Palazzo d'Avalos - Musei Civici and Museo Diocesano del Duomo capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci and Parapendio Biposto a Montefalcone nel Sannio. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo Di Larino (in Larino), Moro River Canadian War Cemetery (in Ortona) and Termoli (Castello Svevo di Termoli, Bathing Establishment Lido Panfilo, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Rossetti, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sangro River War Cemetery, stroll through Lido La Vela, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale San Giuseppe.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vasto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Castel di Sangro to Vasto takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vasto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.