Dynamic and wealthy, Pescara is the largest Abruzzese city, and among the main commercial and tourist centers along the Adriatic coast.
Its sandy beaches extend for over 20 uninterrupted km, and the areas in the hinterland underwent a remarkable development, so that presently there exist one wide conurbation, including nearby municipalities as Montesilvano, Chieti, Francavilla, Città Sant'Angelo, Spoltore, where over 400,000 people are concentrated (one third of the whole Abruzzo population). Pescara is also famous as the birth place of Gabriele D'Annunzio, one of the main Italian poets of the 20th century, and the seat of the 2009 Mediterranean Games.
The name Piscaria
appeared in 12th century documents, and probably referred to a small center built after the period of invasions on the place of the ancient Roman Aternum
, situated at the estuary of the Aterno-Pescara river.
Aternum was first a port of the Marrucini and Peligni people, and under Roman times became the main port of the region. It was however sacked and destroyed by the Lombards in the 6th century AD. In the Middle Ages two towns rose on the opposite banks of the Pescara river: Pescara to the south, belonging to the province of Chieti, and Castellammare Adriatico in the north, included in the province of Teramo.
The unified new town in 1927 became the capital of the newly formed province of Pescara, and a renowned seaside resort in the 1930's. Because of its important strategic position as a railway center and harbor, Pescara was subject to heavy Allied bombings during WW2, that almost razed it to the ground, killing thousands and thousands of people.
4 m a.s.l
ca. 120000 inhabitants
-- Zip code:
65100, but see the different zip codes connected to addresses in Pescara
-- Phone Area Code:
-- How to reach it:
road: s.s. 16 Adriatica, s.s. 5 Tiburtina da Roma; motorway: A24 - A25 from Rome, A14 from Bologna-Taranto
Colle della Pietra, Colle di Mezzo, Colle Marino, Colle San Donato, Collescorrano, Fontanelle, Fontanelle Alta, Madonna del Fuoco, San Donato, San Silvestro, San Silvestro Spiaggia, Santa Filomena