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Abruzzo is the northernmost region of Southern Italy,
with an area of about 10,763 square kilometres (4,156 sq mi) and a population of about 1.3 million inhabitants.
Its western border lies less than 50 miles (80 km) east of Rome.
The region, divided into the provinces of
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.
Abruzzo is split into a mountainous area in the west with the Gran Sasso d Italia
and into a coastal area on the eastern side with the beaches of the Adriatic sea.
Geographically it is more of a central than southern region, although ISTAT (the Italian statistical authority)
considers it to be part of Southern Italy, as a vestige of Abruzzo's historic association
with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Abruzzo is the Italian region with the biggest green area in Europe and the highest Appennines, the Gran Sasso.
There are spectacular and unspoilt scenery nestled in the mountains that are worth visiting.
Abruzzo offers also medieval gems, wonderful hospitality and high quality of olive oil and vineyards.
Starting from the main city of Lâ€™Aquila, you may relax with friends or strolling with your family
while discovering the thousand years of history behind this region.
View also: 6 April 2009 Earthquake Aquila.
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