19 – Coastal Communities

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From Cocullo, a short drive will take you to Abruzzo’s most beautiful seaside resorts…


Pescara has one of the main tourist ports on the Adriatic Sea, and until two years ago had a ferry link to Croatia. The city has had an air transportation service since 1933, when the airline company Società Aerea Mediterranea began offering weekly passenger flights between Pescara and Rome. Pescara also has flights to the Abruzzo Airport, which provides low-cost and charter flights to many European cities. Despite the efficient transportation network, tourism contributes little to the local economy.


Montesilvano is a city in the province of Pescara with a population of 53,510. It is situated immediately north of the city of Pescara, with which it forms a continuous built-up area. Montesilvano consists of two communities: Montesilvano Colle, the upper town, where the historic centre is located and where the remains of medieval buildings can be seen; and Montesilvano Marina (or Montesilvano Spiaggia, formerly Contrada Marina), the more modern and densely populated beachside town, where the municipal offices are located.


Silvi is a city in the province of Teramo with a population of 15,604. Its administrative seat is in Silvi Marina, the lower town.  The town’s historic centre is in the upper town, 4 km from Silvi Marina. Silvi has been called “the pearl of the Adriatic” because of its unique beauty, which sets it apart from other towns on the Adriatic coast. In Roman times, it was known as Matrinum or Silva, and in the Middle Ages as Castel Belfiore or Castrum Silvi. Until 1931, it was administered by the nearby town of Atri, as was neighbouring Pineto. Situated below the hillside towns of Città Sant’Angelo and Atri, it is a popular seaside resort, with six kilometers of beaches (extending from the Cerrano tower to the Piomba River), and many hotels, campgrounds and bathing facilities. Because of the cleanliness of its beaches and water, the city has received a “blue flag” certification from the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It can be reached by railway and motorway (the nearest A14 exits are those of Atri-Pineto and Pescara Nord­-Città Sant’Angelo), and is crossed by many water courses: the Piomba River (45 km), the Torrente (or Fosso) del Gallo (14 km), the Torrente Cerrano (10 km), the Fosso Concio (5,5 km) and the Fosso Marinelli San Silvestro (6.5 km).


Francavilla al Mare is a city in the province of Chieti with a population of 25,371, the 11th largest in Abruzzo. It is about 20 km from the provincial capital, Chieti, and 115 km from the regional capital, L’Aquila. A major seaside resort, Francavilla al Mare has a long and layered history, as attested by archaeological findings dating from the prehistoric, protohistoric, Italic, Frentano and Roman periods. It was a port city as early as 1281, and from 1307 it was the site of an important commercial fair. The town is part of an uninterrupted urban development with a population of about 400,000 that covers about 1,000 square kilometres and encompasses 40 towns and villages in two provinces. Francavilla al Mare is located on a low hillside that slopes gently toward the Adriatic Sea. In the upper town are several lookouts with splendid views of the town and the coastline. In 2014 the town received a “blue flag” certification from the FEE.


Pineto is a city in the province of Teramo with a population of 14,802. It too is a major seaside resort known for the cleanliness of its waters. It has received several “blue flag” certifications.


Ortona , formerly known also as Ortona a Mare, is a city in the province of Chieti with a population of 23,610. It is located on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, about 30 km east of the city of Chieti and 22 km south of Pescara. It received “blue flag” certifications in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. It has the largest and busiest port in the Region, and is known for its wine production.


Roseto degli Abruzzi is a city in the province of Teramo with a population of 25,505. It is located on the Adriatic coast, just north of the Vomano River and south of the Tordino River.  The lower town is a well-equipped and popular seaside resort, and its beach has been called the “Lido delle Rose”, or “beach of roses”. It has had “blue flag” certifications since 1999.


Giulianova is a city in the province of Teramo with a population of 24,088—the third largest in the province and the 12th largest in the Region. Its territory is among the smallest. The city has ancient origins, has strong commercial and tourist sectors, and is one of the most popular seaside destinations on the mid-Adriatic. It has received the “blue flag” certification often since 2000.


Tortoreto forms a continuous urban area with the adjacent city of Alba Adriatica, and extends south toward the mouth of the Salinello River. It has been a popular seaside destination since the last century, when the town expanded toward the coast from the hillside community of Tortoreto Alto.


Alba Adriatica is a city in the province of Teramo with a population of 12,386. It is one of the province’s seven seaside resort communities and has received the “blue flag” certification 13 times. It is also referred to as Spiaggia d’Argento (silver beach) for the beauty of its extensive shoreline, which is more than three kilometers long, and is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Abruzzo coast.


Martinsicuro is a town in the province of Teramo with a population of 16,170. Located just south of the mouth of the Tronto River, it is the northernmost town in Abruzzo and the Region’s first seaside town that one encounters coming from the north.


Vasto is at the southern end of the Abruzzo coastline. It has received a “blue flag” certification eleven times, seven of them consecutively. Tourism is Vasto’s main economic activity: about 320,000 visitors come here every summer. Its attractions include Aqualand, the largest water park in south-central Italy, and the Baja Village discotheque, considered the most popular night spot in the entire area.

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