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Pescara is a modern town named after the same flowing river. Despite its recent past, it is plenty of artistic and cultural features.
In the years after World War I, the river Pescara used to be the borderline between two distinct little towns: Portanuova, the southern and oldest part of the city and Castellammare Adriatico, the northern, bourgeois and touristic part of the city.
Along the beaches fully equipped with lots of modern resorts and facilities, today the Riviera is livened up by a well-known promenade, where the urban lifestyle takes place, characterised by tourists, beach parties and kinds of sports.
Officially inaugurated on 8th December 2009, the Ponte del Mare (the bridge by the sea) may represent today a framework to this scenario; indeed, with its 466 metres, it can be crossed either by bike or on foot and it has become the very landmark of the city. This bridge, which links the southern and northern side of the Riviera, is famous for being the Italian biggest pedestrian-cycle bridge and one of the biggest all over Europe.
For those loving the nautical world, the Porto Turistico Marina di Pescara (the tourist harbour) turns to be a must-see. Here, many boat trips are available as well as shopping areas, bars, restaurants and theatre and music events and more during the summer season. The harbour is the ideal place where you can take romantic walks in the moonlight, admiring the numerous and luxurious yachts mooring there.
A cultural sightseeing tour cannot miss the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo, located in the old part of the city, housing prestigious prehistorical findings as well as more recent evidences of the agro-pastoral Abruzzi civilization
Always walking through the old part of the city, you will find at Corso Manthonè the birthplace of the great poet, writer and politician Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938), currently seat of the Museo Casa Natale di D’Annunzio (Birthplace museum). The narrow old streets of Corso Manthonè and via delle Caserme fill up with lots of young people at night, populating the several restaurants, pubs and small clubs, thus making the nightlife of the city extremely lively during the year.
For those art lovers, another must-see is the Museo d’Arte Moderna Vittoria Colonna (Modern art museum). Right next to the coast and situated in a building covering 3000 sq., the museum was built according to the most prestigious international museum models.
Moving to Viale Marconi, it is possible to visit instead the Pinacoteca Civica Basilio Cascella (Basilio Cascella Civil Art-gallery), which houses more than 500 works among paintings, sculptures and potteries coming from the popular artistic family of Pescara.
For those chiefly loving the Abruzzi art, please visit the Villa Urania downtown, a few metres far from Corso Umberto I. A graceful villetta in a liberty style, which houses a wide production of Castelli potteries from the XVI to the XIX century. Temporarily closed for renovation, there is also the Maritime Museum dedicated to the fishing and the sea life. Ultimately, raised again after a long renovation time, there is the EX AURUM (which was used to be the factory of the famous liquor), nowadays known as the “little Colosseum of Pescara”, in the heart of the D’Annunzio Pinewood forest. This great architectonical work today houses the deepest artistic expression of the city, the so-called “factory of ideas”, where exhibitions with guided tours, events, festivals, fashion parades as well as institutional meetings, seminars, and regional forums or wedding ceremonies are organised.