Where to go to Pescara, the biggest city in Abruzzo, which is most famous for its many seaside resorts is one of our questions that we get a lot. Pescara is a charming, lively, pastel-hued city on the Adriatic Coast.

things to do in Pescara

Where is Pescara?

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Pescara is the capital of the province of Pescara in the Italian region of Abruzzo. It is the most populous city of Abruzzo with 119,217 (2018) inhabitants (and about 350,000 including the surrounding urban area). Located on the Adriatic coast at the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara river, the present municipality was formed in 1927 by connecting the municipalities of the old Pescara fortress, the part of the town south of the river and Castellamare Adriatico the part of the town north of the river.

Ponte del mare

  • Beautiful bridge, which is worth a visit in Pescara
  • The bridge can be crossed on foot or by bicycle
  • Offers a beautiful view over the fishing port of Pescara

Visit this modern symbol of Pescara and admire the inclined needle rising from between the branches that twist and turn over the river mouth.

With its looping design and ease of use for cyclists and pedestrians, the Ponte del Mare is a marvel of modern innovation. The dual slopes of the bridge offer vistas of the Port of Pescara and the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River as it empties into the Adriatic Sea. Capture photos of the iconic pathways that curve side by side like steel tentacles around the city’s harbor area. 

Stroll leisurely along the riverbanks after dusk, when the bridge’s two branches are illuminated. At night, the long and narrow spire carrying the structure’s cables resembles a space rocket, with its red tip and indigo patterns. See the bridge in the afternoon, when its pair of tubes and 161-foot-tall (49-meter) pointed tower are white. 

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The structure’s two ends are unified, only breaking into two distinct channels over the water. Walk along the pedestrian branch and stop in the center to enjoy the views of the river, the sea, the port, and the townscape. Spot lively beaches and distant mountains framing the panorama.   


Rent a bike to cycle the route between Santa Maria di Leuca and Ravenna. This scenic coastal path is linked by the bridge’s cycle branch. Descend to the bridge’s exits to reach the golden beaches on each side. You can also stroll between the palm trees of the riverbanks, while you marvel at the yachts moored on the water. 

The bridge is 1,529 feet (466 meters) long and was completed in 2010, before quickly cementing its place among Pescara’s most valued attractions. 

Linking the northern and southern shorelines of the city, the Ponte del Mare hangs over the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River. It hugs the northeastern coastline of Pescara and can be reached by bus. Visit some of the myriad attractions around the bridge, such as the Ferris wheel, the Intercral Abruzzo cultural center and the Port of Pescara.


Piazza della Rinascita

Fresh redesigns brought new life to one of Pescara’s most historic squares, whose chic style is seen in a display of lights and a wineglass artwork.

Piazza della Rinascita is a large public space that, unlike most traditional European squares, has a modern look. The theme of greenery in this spacious setting provides a fitting tribute to the Square of the Rebirth, the plaza’s English name. Appreciate the freedom of movement in the wide pedestrian surroundings of the city’s nucleus. 

Sit at a café whose tables extend onto the square and indulge in two of Italy’s most traditional pastimes: sipping coffee and eating ice cream. Restaurants of many kinds, including traditional Italian and seafood, decorate the square and the quaint, narrow tributaries leading off from it. Meander between the trees sprouting from circular hubs of soil and browse the window displays of high-end stores within the colonnade.

The plaza is among the busiest parts of the town and is an ideal gathering spot for vacationers and friends who wish to explore the highlights of the central district. Chat with locals and discuss the aesthetic qualities of the Palazzo Arlecchino’s unusual façade. Its apartments showcase a selection of monochrome colors in the day, while dazzling light shows create artistic impressions at night.

Reach the grandiose courtyard of the adjacent Palazzo Testa for the sculptures by the 20th-century artist Vicentino Michetti. Stroll through the center of the piazza to see its intriguing floor designs, decorative cannonballs and benches. Marvel at the main attraction, the so-called Huge Wineglass that stands in a water basin. It was made by Japanese architect Toyo Ito as part of his redesign of the entire piazza. The square is officially known as the Piazza Salotto (Lounge Square).


A couple of blocks southwest from the coast, the Piazza della Rinascita is in the core district of Pescara. Ride a bus to a stop along the road flanking the southwestern side of the square. Use the parking lots and bike stations serving the plaza. In the vicinity are other landmarks such as the Parrocchia San Pietro Apostolo, the Parco Florida, and the Piazza I Maggio.

Majella National Park

Natural Reserve in Majella National Park, renowned for its spectacular and pristine environment, characterized by a deep gorge, carved by the clear and cold waters of the Orfento River. Hikes in an uncontaminated area, with a wide choice of itineraries, from the easiest to the longest and most demanding ones. Rules: – access registration needed at the Orfento Valley Visitors Centre in Caramanico Terme; – no dogs allowed; – swimming or walking in the river is forbidden. Also known as Riserva Naturale Statale Valle dell’Orfento. On the car ride back to Pescara, take the alternative way via Salle and Tocco da Casauria. Pay attention to the road partly in bad condition – and the many, many curves and turns. In Tocco, you have wide views into Abruzzo mountains and towards the sea in the direction of Pescara

Beaches of Abruzzo

It really comes into its own during the summer, when its many lidi (beaches) fill with Italian vacationers who love spending the day at one of the stabilimenti, or private beach concessions that rent loungers, have restaurants and offer such amenities as Wi-Fi, showers and changing rooms. These lively places are the antithesis of North American beaches, where people stake out their own place with towels and chairs and spend a quiet day swimming and reading. The Italians, in contrast, love playing beach games of every variety and happily spend the day chatting animatedly with their friends and neighbors. For newcomers to Italian beach life, the best club at which to test the waters is Ammiraglia, owing to its excellent restaurant.

Pescara River

Pescara River, river, south-central Italy. Rising in the Apennines 4 miles (6 km) south of Amatrice, it flows southwest past Aquila and northeast past Popoli and after a course of about 90 miles (150 km) debouches into the Adriatic at the city of Pescara. The river receives the Sagittario, Orte, and Tirino rivers and is harnessed for hydroelectric power. Above Popoli (in its upper course) it is called the Aterno River.

The Orta

Orta San Giulio is built on the slopes of a steep hill (the Sacro Monte) that forms a peninsula jutting out into the lake. By day it looks longingly toward the beautiful island. By night, the gaze becomes even more amorous when the island is lit up and appears to float on dark water glistening with reflections. The light changes by the hour. Look out in the morning and there’s a medieval mist; by noon, the lake is as clear as the Enlightenment; then, by five, a brooding romanticism has descended. You never want to leave.



Crossed by the homonymous Tirino river, one of Italy’s most beautiful and cleanest rivers, the Tirino Valley is immersed in the green, in the heart of Abruzzo. It is situated in an area surrounded by the towns of Bussi-on-Tirino (345 m above the SL), Capestrano (505 m above the SL) and Ofena (531 m above the SL). Lying within the two provinces of Pescara and L’Aquila, it is among the most impressive areas of the Gran Sasso and  Laga Mountains National Park.

The Valley is surrounded by important massifs of calcareous origin: the heights of Rocca Calascio and Castel del Monte, in the north; the Navelli sierra descending toward Bussi with Mount Cornacchia and Mount Le Scuncole, in the west; and the Gran Sasso dorsal, heading toward  east north-east, with important reliefs such as Mount Cappucciata, Mount Scarafano, Mount Picca, Mount Alto, Mount Pietra Corniade and Mount Roccatagliata.

Besides containing lots of naturalistic beauties, the Tritan territory overlooks several landmarks of remarkable importance: Capestrano’s Piccolomini Castle; Bussi’s Dukes of Cantelmo Castle; the Capestrano archeological area, where one of the most important icons of Abruzzo, the world-renowned “Capestrano Warrior”, was discovered; and the Romanesque churches of Saint Peter ad Oratorium and Our Lady of Cartignano


The Tavo is a river in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its source is in the Gran Sasso d’Italia mountain range in the province of L’Aquila near the border with the province of Pescara.[1] After crossing the border, the river loops northward and then eastward near Penne. It then flows south and then northeast and flows near Loreto Aprutino and Pianella. The river continues flowing northeast near Cappelle sul Tavo before joining the Fino and together they become the Saline.[2]