Montesilvano is a lively beach resort situated to the north of the city and popular resort of Pescara. The two towns have both expanded as tourist destinations and today have merged into one large conurbation.
Montesilvano is divided into two main areas, the beach and modern town along the sea front, and Montesilvano Colle which is the old town. Behind the town the Gran Sasso mountain chain can be seen in the distance.
Montesilvano originally developed on a hill a couple of miles from the sea. This old centre is still worth visiting to admire some of its medieval remains including ancient buildings and remains of fortifications. The 13th century church of "Saint Mary of the Snow" painted a delicate lemon colour, is a highlight of the old town. Dominating Montesilvano colle is another church, the church of San Michele which is built on the remains of a castle and whose defensive walls are still visible.
Also look out for the 18th century Palazzo Delfico built in the Baroque style, and the Church of the Madonna della Neve with its 16th century frescoes.
Being on a hill the views from the old town over the sea and resorts below is wonderful. There is a nice walk around the hill allowing you to enjoy the views over different directions.
The sea and the beaches are of course the main attraction of Montesilvano and its long sandy beaches and closeness to Pescara and the airport have led to Montesilvano becoming one of the main beach resorts of Abruzzo.
Like most Italian beaches the seafront is very colourful as it is covered in long stretches of sun beds and matching umberellas which can be rented by the hour or the day. The beach here is nice golden sand and there are often different entertainments taking place on the beach.
Montesilvano is well served by restaurants and bars, cinemas and live shows and also food markets which always offer delicious Italian foods and specialities. Fishing is still an important local industry which means that the local seafood restaurants are well supplied with fish fresh from the day's catch.
Parents of young children can reserve on line a "Free Children Card". This entitles children under the age of 6 to free accommodation, free entrance to many activities including the water park at Corfinio, the Adventure Park at Carsoli and the Butterfly farm at San Martino S Angelo. Take your print out of your reservation to your hotel or the tourist office to receive your card.
Places to Visit Nearby
Take a drive to the Maiella National Park where you can see lovely mountain scenery, fast-flowing streams and clear rock pools.
The neighbouring city of Pescara is a bustling seaside resort and home to one of the largest Marina's on the Adriatic coast.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Abruzzo guide.