The Abruzzo region (L’Aquila, Chieti, Pescara and Teramo) in central Italy is just two hours drive east of Rome. Many Philadelphians’ heritage can be traced back to the Abruzzo region, creating a strong connection between our citizens. Exchanges between Philadelphia and Abruzzo are primarily cultural and educational.

Tourists are attracted to the region for hiking, skiing and rock climbing in the Apennine mountains, seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea, historic castles, food and agriculture (wine, saffron, olive oil) and crafts (wrought iron, ceramics, fabrics and lace). Prominent industries in this region include agriculture and fishing, manufacturing, commerce and the service industry. Mechanical engineering firms and the automotive sector also have a strong presence in the region.

Learn more about Abruzzo here.


Population: 1.312 million

Partnership Began: April 24, 1997

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