Pescara is a relatively modern city, particularly given the history of other Italian centres. Yet, it makes up for its lack of history with its atmosphere, fantastic food and endless sunkissed sandy beaches. The city was originally two small fishing villages, which were merged by the fascist government in 1927. The river Pescara that divides the city into North and South as it flows down from the mountains has also shaped the city’s history. For many, Pescara is a port or a train station on the way to another destination, and indeed you can catch a ferry from the city to Croatia, jump on a bus to Rome or head inland into the enticing Abruzzo countryside. However, after extensive redevelopment, the city is attracting an increasing number of visitors who enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Adriatic and finding a tasty seafood lunch down by the harbour in one of the fisherman’s huts/restaurants. Others adore picking up some designer names in the city centre, before reclining with a coffee in the elegant Piazza della Rinascita. And there are those who can barely wait for the sun to set before hitting the cocktail bar and the beach-side nightclubs.