Pescara, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
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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.
Points of Interest
- Cathedral of San Cetteo, patron saint of the city, with a magnificent 17th century painting by Guercino representing St. Francis of Assisi and the marble mausoleum of Gabriele D'Annunzio's mother
- The native home of Gabriele D'Annunzio (18th century), restored in the 1930's
- The Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, among the most impressive in the region, collecting in the many rooms all sides of the life, traditions, economy of the Abruzzo peoples from prehistory to the 19th century
- The Palazzo del Governo, preserving fine statues of Giudo Costanzo from Ortona and the huge painting "La Figlia di Iorio", the most celebrated work of painter Francesco Paolo Michetti from Tocco
- Church of the Spirito Santo
- Church of Sant'Andrea Apostolo
- A number of works by sculptor Pietro Cascella (born in Pescara in 1921), among them one of the symbols of the city, "La Nave", along the seafront facing central Piazza Salotto
- The Museo Cascella
- The Museo Ittico
Events & Festivities
- Late May - early July: Festivity of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori
- July: International Jazz Festival
- July: the "Ennio Flaiano" prize (for the sections theater, cinema, television, literature)
- Last Sunday in July: feast in honor of Sant'Andrea the Apostle, with a famous parade of fishing motorboats off the coast.