About Abruzzo: the Roof of Italy
Abruzzo or Abruzzi? Both are correct. Abruzzo is the region, Albruzzi describes the four provinces which make it: Aquila, Teramo, Pescara and Chieti. Close to Rome but separated by a mountain barrier, Abruzzo used to be notoriously a no-go area where the Appenines culminate in towering massifs. They have snow all the year round and their slopes are split by dark forested gorges sometimes only wide enough for the torrents which rush through them. Traditionally, Abruzzi people led tough lives and had little knowledge of the world outside. Emigration was a fact of life. Emigrants in the New World supported those who stayed at home and that is why you may meet an old abruzzese who has no idea where London and Paris are but is familiar with Brooklyn and the Bronx. Take a couple of days to see all the best places to visit.
Rome and Pescara have airports.
The railway between Rome and Pescara is slow and picturesque. A quicker, but rounbdabour service is the Rome-Orte-Rieti-Aquila-Sulmona line.
From Rome, ACTL buses go to Tivoli and to communities in the hills east of the capital. In the Abruzzo towns there are services, but tailored to local needs – arrive early to be sure of a seat and expect delays.