The Abruzzo region has a population of about 1.3 million inhabitants. The western end of Abruzzo is less than 80 km east of Rome. The region, divided into the provinces of L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara and the Chieti, borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The InAbruzzoTours home is in the mountainous area near the Gran Sasso D’italia. Although it is more half-way down the east coast of Italy, Abruzzo is considered part of Southern Italy.
Abruzzo boasts the title of “Greenest Region in Europe” thanks to one third of its territory, being valued and protected as national parks and nature reserves. The Abruzzo region is home to and plays a vital role in the survival of up to 75% of all of Europe’s living. The Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi described Abruzzo as “forte e gentile” (strong and gentle). This quote has since become the motto of the locals.
The term Abruzzi derives from the time when the region was part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the territory was administered as Abruzzo Citeriore (Nearer Abruzzo) and Abruzzo Ulteriore I and II (Farther Abruzzo I and II), that being nearer and farther from Naples, the capital of the kingdom.
Abruzzo boasts one of the best cuisine to be found in Italy, well known for variety and richesse in both the agricultural and coastal aspects of its cuisine. Due to the mountains themselves, much of Abruzzo grew separated from the influence of international commerce and civilization until the 20th century. This geographical divide keeps the region’s cuisine unique and uninfluenced. One of the most prominent dishes of the region is maccheroni alla chitarra. This dish is created by pressing or cutting pasta through an instrument called a chitarra, creating long thin noodles similar to spaghetti.
Soups are traditionally flavoured with tomatoes, garlic, oil, and peperoncini. Best-known is the extra-virgin olive oil produced in Colline Teramane (Teramo hills), marked by the quality level DOP and considered one of the best in the country. Renowned wines like Montepulciano DOCG and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC are considered amongst the world’s finest wines.