Abruzzo Map and Travel Essentials
Find your way around Italy's Abruzzo Region with our map
The Abruzzo region is dominated by national and regional parks, as shown in the Abruzzo map below. It is a wild and extremely scenic country, with many unspoiled medieval villages and festivals with ancient roots. For this reason, a rental or lease car is advisable, as is a good map.
You'll occasionally see references to the "Abruzzi" region. This is because the Abruzzo was at one time divided into three regions, Abruzzo Citeriore, Abruzzo Ulteriore I and Abruzzo Ulteriore II, so the plural, Abruzzi was used to describe the whole. This is no longer the case.
Abruzzo Map Showing Interesting Travel Destinations
Abruzzo map © by James Martin, Europe for Visitors
Abruzzo Distances From L'Aquila
L'Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo. Here are some distances in Kilometers from major cities in Italy
- Rome 116 km
- Bologna 392 km
- Florence 363 km
- Milan 604 km
The Abruzzo National Park, centered around the town of Pascasseroli, has only one driving road but lots of hiking and biking trails for all ability levels. There are seven visitor centers where you can get maps of the trails. Guided tours can be arranged in Pascasseroli. To arrive by public transportation take a train to Avezzano and then a bus to Pascasseroli.
The Gran Sasso is the highest point on the Italian peninsula. The Gran Sasso has hiking trails, spectacular spring wildflowers, and skiing in winter.
L'Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, is a medieval town in a pretty mountain setting. It has a well-preserved castle with a museum, a picturesque medieval quarter, and good shops and restaurants.
Castles - in the region surrounding L'Aquila there were once 99 castles. Today you can still see the ruins of many of them and a few that are well preserved.
Walled medieval villages - Some of the castles also include whole villages. Inside the walls you can imagine life as it was in medieval times. Fontecchio is a good example.
Roman ruins - Even in this remote area there are good Roman ruins. The best is Alba Fucens (see Alba Fucens pictures)
Pescara was badly bombed during the war but its a good example of a modern Italian city. Pescara has a nice seaside promenade, good seafood restaurants, lots of nightlife, and a large archaeological museum.
Details about all the towns shown on the map can be found in Abruzzo Travel Profile.