Art and culture of Abruzzo have had a great importance from the classical age until more recent times: in Sulmona, in Abruzzo, was born Ovidio, the famous Latin poet, as well as Benedetto Croce, considered one of the major protagonists of Italian and European culture, and Gabriele D'Annunzio, great man of letters and prominent personality who has had so much influence on the culture of Abruzzo and of the whole of Italy.
Abruzzo has also given birth to great painters among whom, in recent times, Filippo Palizzi, Teofilo Patini and Francesco Paolo Michetti stand out.
Abruzzo, like all Italian regions, has a great culinary tradition, mainly of mountainous inspiration, but also maritime, thanks to the recipes developed along the coast. The partial isolation of Abruzzo due to the morphology of its territory, has meant that this tradition has remained unchanged and quite independent from the rest of Italy.
The cuisine of Abruzzo is rich in meat specialties and the most famous is represented by the arrosticini. Even in Abruzzo, of course, there are recipes for pasta among which stand out the spaghetti alla chitarra.
There are various wines suitable to accompany these dishes but the most characteristic is the famous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
There are many places and tours in Abruzzo, ranging from villages, with churches and museums, to natural attractions that have made the region deserve the title of "green region of Europe". The things to see are many and all beautiful.
There are several monuments worthy of note, such as the Rocca Calascio, or the Basilica of San Bernardino, and a myriad of wonderful national parks: the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, the Majella National Park and the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.
But Abruzzo is also a region with a maritime vocation: during your stay you should visit one of the beautiful villages on the Adriatic coast, such as Francavilla al Mare, and immerse yourself in the beautiful sea of Abruzzo.
The rich history of Abruzzo has given rise to many traditions that, thanks to the morphological structure of the region that has allowed a certain "isolation" from the rest of Italy, have remained mostly untouched.
One of these is the use of the so-called "ciocie", the ancient footwear typical of the population of Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio, from which emerged the term "ciociaria", which indicates a not well defined area in the south / south east of Lazio.