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Luciano Di Gregorio
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25 Feb 2013 Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides)
Situated in the centre of Italy, Abruzzo lies just an hour's drive from Rome. Often overlooked, it has never been discovered by mass tourism. Abruzzo has something for everyone: hiking on the slopes of the Majella mountain range, wine tasting along olive-strewn roads that disappear into the labyrinths of ancient towns, shopping through the sunny, pastel streets of Pescara or skiing on the highest peaks of the central Apennines. This updated guide explores towns and villages well off the beaten track. It also goes into greater depth on the region than its competitors, with more detail on the history, culture and sights, and more opinionated and entertaining reviews of hotels and restaurants.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (25 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841624462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841624464
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Luciano has been a freelance journalist for over 8 years. He has written and edited for publications at a national and international level. Abruzzo (Bradt Travel Guides) is his first book.

Luciano is currently writing a book on Melbourne (Australia) and working on updates to several other travel guides.

When he is not writing and editing, he is teaching and lecturing... or, most likely, travelling.

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'Covers the entire region in impressively comprehensive detail ... with its fantastic attention to detail and clear, informative style, this makes an excellent travel companion.' - Italia! (review of first edition)

About the Author

Luciano Di Gregorio was born in Pescara, Abruzzo's largest city; he migrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia when he was in his teens. He now divides his time between the UK and Abruzzo.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one and only... 24 Mar 2010
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...comprehensive English language general tourist guide book to the Abruzzo. Long overdue in my opinion and will hopefully set the standard for more guides to this wonderful and unspoiled area of Italy. The Abruzzo has something for everyone - fantastic mountains and winter sports, stunning beaches and more beautiful little towns and villages than you would have the opportunity to visit in a lifetime. This book is both a helpful general guide and gives more specific information on what to do and where to go. My only criticism would be that it is a little Pescara-centric (the author's family come from this city so it is one that he knows intimately) and not enough info on the sublime SULMONA! There is a picture of the 'Madonna che Scappa' (Madonna who runs / escapes- a spectacle which draws crowds to the Piazza Garibaldi every Easter Sunday) but no text and nothing about the Giostra ( a type of jousting Palio between the rival quarters of the city) which takes place every July / August. If you like Italy then you will LOVE the Abruzzo and be sure to make a special visit to Sulmona.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Abruzzo with love 18 Oct 2013
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This is a great travel guide. Luciano Di Gregorio was born in Abruzzo, and later spent 10 years in Australia. He has come back to Italy to write this excellent guide to his home region. Here you get all the usual stuff: How things work in Italy (most of the time), the words you need to know, the dishes you should try, the places you should visit, how to get around, where to stay and so on. But this author goes further: Ideas of where to go on small excursions, where to go if you are gay, where to go to listen to music, and my personal favourite: the best places to eat. Nothing tops off a day in the country like a good meal, and I can testament to several of the recommendations made in the book: The fine fish dishes of the Vecchio Teatro at Ortona, the abundant truffle menus of Guerrinuccio in Celano and not least the unforgettable veal with prune sauce at Paolino in Pescoconstanzo.

Of course, you could always ask for more. A history buff would want to know more about what happened in the areas you visit, and you could always use an extra town map. Bigger towns are covered, but some of the smaller towns have confusing layouts that would benefit from a good map. The book has suggestions for walks in the country, but frankly you would be better served by buying Stuart Haines excellent Walking in Abruzzo. But with a scope of 288 pages, there will of course be compromises.

If you bought the first edition (2010), you should know that not much has changed. In that edition, the author had a major task dealing with the effects of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. Several important landmarks were more or less destroyed, and others were closed to the public. In the present (2013) edition, the author has gathered facts of what has been done, and what you can visit now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything 22 Aug 2011
The book gives information about all aspects of a holiday in Abruzzo. Because Abruzzo offers a lot of different things it is therefore not necessarily very detailed on each aspect (I was for example looking for more precise descriptions of hiking tours) but is definitely good as an 'allrounder'. A plus point is that it's written by someone who grew up in Abruzzo but is at the same time sensible to traveller's needs. I would definitely recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guide to Abruzzo 28 Feb 2010
By Andy W
This book came just in time for our 1-week trip to Abruzzo and it was an enormous help. The writer clearly knows Abruzzo back to front and inside out: the guide is packed with the kinds of detail that would be known only to a local. The first section of the guide - culture, people, language etc- made very interesting pre-reading before our trip. The guide itself was very useful both for accommodation/eating etc and for sightseeing. Overall, certainly one of the better travel guides that we have used and a must for those going to this wonderful region.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It gave us great experiences 14 Aug 2014
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This book gave us some great holiday experiences in a region that are not very well covered in the travelling litterature.

The suggested restaurants, cafees and gelatarias we visited, meet the expectations from the book. So did the places recommended to visit.

We travelled two couples around age 30 in Abruzzo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes us want to go there now! 6 Feb 2014
By Dolly
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This little book is packed with excellent information and tips, including some useful phrases. It is an area I knew nothing about before, so it has been very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Jan 2014
By Atticus
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This is a detailed and balanced review of the region. It has been revised post the tragic earthquake in Aquila in 2009 and seems completely up to date. Would highly recommend it.
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