Half an hour by train or bus southwest of Pescara is the appealing town of CHIETI. Spread over a curving ridge, it offers great views of the Majella and Gran Sasso mountains and – on a clear day – out to sea. It also boasts Abruzzo’s finest archeological museum. From the chunky and much-reconstructed cathedral, the main Corso Marrucino cuts through the town centre to Piazza Trento e Trieste. Behind the post office, off Via Spaventa, are the remains of three little Roman temples.

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