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Italy Off the Beaten Path: Best Towns in Abruzzo

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

When you’re planning to travel Italy off the beaten path, you want to choose authentic places where you can immerse yourself in the culture, connect with locals, eat amazing dishes, and experience the genuine spirit of the place that rings so much louder without all the crowds of Italy’s famous sights.

Well, I’ve just returned from three weeks in the Abruzzo region and I have to say, it’s a territory that off the beaten path travelers will deeply appreciate for its ancient stone villages, breathtaking scenery, phenomenal nature, and delectable cuisine!

If you want a glimpse at what a visit to this region might be like and what the best towns in Abruzzo are, then sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy this list of some of my favorites! I’ve divided it up by area; North, South, East and West, which also roughly corresponds to the official Provinces of Teramo, Chieti, Pescara, and L’Aquila, respectively.

I’ve also included special treats throughout this blog post..some of my best tips on specific things to know and places to go for those unique hidden gems I know you’re searching for! So, my off the beaten path travel buddies, prepare to fall in love with one of Italy’s most hidden gems..these 19 incredible towns in Abruzzo are waiting to solve your wanderlust!

Map of the Best Towns Off-the-Beaten-Path in Abruzzo

Best Towns in Northern Abruzzo (Province of Teramo)

Civitella del Tronto






Best Towns in Eastern Abruzzo (Province of Pescara)


Caramanico Terme

Best Towns in Southern Abruzzo (Province of Chieti)



Best Towns in Western Abruzzo (Province of L’Aquila)


Santo Stefano di Sessanio





Castel del Monte



Best Towns in Northern Abruzzo (Province of Teramo)