What to see in Pescara, the largest city in Abruzzo by number of inhabitants, with ancient origins but with a modern appearance due to sad events that occurred over time, including the bombing suffered during the Second World War.
Pescara is located on the remains of the ancient Aternum, near the mouth of the Pescara river.
Important seaport since ancient times, Pescara today looks like a modern city surrounded by maritime pines.
Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano were born in Pescara, and important events also take place in this city, including Pescara Jazz, the Ennio Flaiano Prize and the contemporary art festival Fuori Uso.
Among Pescara's most deeply rooted traditions there is also sports, having hosted the Mediterranean Games in 2099 and the Acerbo Cup from 1929 to 1961, which includes the annual event of the Matteotti cycling trophy.
Among the monuments to visit, which are not many, there is the house of D'Annunzio, the Museum of the Abruzzi people, the Cathedral of San Cetteo and the basilica of the Madonna of the seven pains.
The Cathedral of San Cetteo was erected in the period between 1933 and 1938, on top of what remained of the ancient church of Santa Gerusalemme, dating back to the Romanesque era, as evidenced by the remains found in front of the place of worship.
In the church there is the tomb of Luisa D’Annunzio, Gabriele's mother, and a painting by Guercino entitled San Francesco, which had been donated by the poet.
The plan of the cathedral of Pescara is rectangular and divided into three naves, the white stone facade is in the fascist neoclassical style with three rosettes, three portals and a statue of San Cetteo above the main portal.
The bell tower on the side is a tower of solid construction, with bells that ring in a diversified way, the large ones with a momentum and the small ones in the manner called alla Veronese, typical of northern Italy.