Italy is famed for fashion, food and, of course, history.
In fact, Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country in the world.
As other social needs have taken priority in economically turbulent times, however, the country’s budget for maintaining and restoring some of its greatest tourist attractions has been drastically reduced. While the Italian State Tourist Board said it couldn’t supply statistics,as much as a third of culture budgets (€1.42 billion/$1.83 billion) have been cut over the past three years, according to a September 2012 report in The Daily Beast.
Situated in the middle of the country on the eastern coast of Italy, Abruzzo really defines Southern Italian cuisine despite bordering Northern Italy.
Majority of the region is mountainous and heavily focused on agriculture but it also has a good reputation for seafood coming in from the Adriatic. Olive trees are everywhere as are vineyards but there are also some more unusual produce like chilli, saffron and liquorice.
Here is a short guide to some of the things that you must make time for in Abruzzo: