Province of Pescara

Abruzzo, Italy

Province of Pescara
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About Province of Pescara

The province of Pescara (Italian: province of Pescara; Abruzzese: pruvìngie de Pescàre) is a province of the Abruzzo region in Italy. The provincial capital is the city of Pescara, which has a population of 119,483 inhabitants. As of 2017, it has a total population of 319,936 inhabitants over an area of 1,230.33 square kilometers (475.03 square miles). The provincial president is Antonio Zaffiri and the province contains 46 municipalities.


The first indicators of the settlement of Pescara date back to 1500 BC, but it is not known which tribe settled for the first time in the city. It was conquered by the Romans in 214 BC. and remained "Aternum" after the city allied with the Punic Carthaginian military commander Hannibal. The Romans developed the city and became an important place for expeditions and commercial exchanges between the Balkans and Rome; the Romans made the city of Pescara the capital of Valeria. During the barbarian raids it was almost completely destroyed and developed in a fishing village called Piscaria.

Charles V, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, transformed Piscaria into a military fort named Pescara during the 16th century and Pescara survived a series of invasions by Turkish Muslims. It was ruled by the Austrians for a short period of the 1700s before falling under the control of the Bourbon House; the house of Bourbon made it a component of Abruzzo Citra. It joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1860 and was still mainly fortified and Pescara became the capital of Abruzzo in 1927. In the Second World War, 78% of the city was destroyed by bombers.


The province of Pescara is the center of four provinces of the Abruzzo region on the east coast of Italy. It is bordered to the north-east by the Adriatic sea. The Province of Teramo is located in the north and the Province of L'Aquila in the west and south. To the south and east is the Province of Chieti. The provincial capital is the city and port of Pescara, located at the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara river.


Main attractions


The city is divided in two by the river.

The historic center of the city is located on the south bank, where once stood Piazzaforte (fortified city), a military bulwark of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. There is the Bourbon Bath (the ancient prison of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, built starting from 1510 by order of Charles V, which incorporated within the remains of the walls of the Norman and Byzantine cities). Today it houses the Museum of Abruzzi: the institution traces, towards 13 rooms dedicated to aspects of life, traditions and economics, 4000 years of history of the Abruzzese people.

In the historic center of the city are the birthplace of Gabriele D'Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano and the Cathedral of San Cetteo, built between 1933 and 1938.

On the north bank of the river there is Piazza Italia (Piazza Italia), dominated by the Town Hall and the Government Palace (which houses the seat of the Province of Pescara), both built during the fascist era according to the fascist rationalist style and designed by the architect Vincenzo Pilotti. Pilotti designed most of the public buildings in the city, including the headquarters of the local Chamber of Commerce, the "G. D'Annunzio" Classical Lyceum, and the old seat of the courtyard (which now houses a museum).

In the southern part of the city, between the D'Avalos Park and the beach, there is an elegant Art Nouveau villa district designed in 1912 by Antonino Liberi (D'Annunzio's brother-in-law engineer). There is also the Aurum, first home of a social club (called Kursaal), then liquor factory and today a multipurpose public space.

In 2007 the Ponte del Mare was built, the largest pedestrian and cycle bridge in Italy.

On the northern waterfront, near Piazza Salotto, the main square of the city, there is the Nave (trad. La nave), a sculpture by Pietro Cascella.

Majella National Park

Abbey of San Clemente (Castiglione a Casauria)

Abbey of San Liberatore (Serramonacesca)

Hermitage of Sant'Onofrio (Serramonacesca)

Hermitage of Santo Spirito (Serramonacesca)

Hermitage of San Bartolomeo (Roccamorice)

Basilica of the Holy draw of Manoppello

Historic center of Penne

Historic center of Loreto Aprutino

Historic center of Città Sant'Angelo

Source: Wikipedia
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