Pescara is the capita; city of the Pescara province, which is in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The city is divided in two by the river of the same name. In 1926, Pescara, the part of the city on the south of the Pescara river (in the province of Chieti), and Castellamare Adriatico, the part of the city on the north of the Pescara river (in the province of Teramo) were unified in a single city, the current Pescara, and the surrounding area was formed into the province of Pescara. The poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, a native of Pescara, was a major sponsor for the creation of the new city.
Pescara is the major city of its Abruzzo region, and is one of the most important economic, commercial, and tourist centers on the Adriatic coast. Featuring a shoreline that extends for more than 20 kilometers, Pescara is a large vacation spot on the Adriatic Coast. It is most popular among Italian tourists during the summer months. Situated in the sea are many breakwaters made with large rocks, placed to provide calm waters near the shore. Along its shoreline, Pescara has clubs that one may join in order to enjoy the beach; in Italian, they are called stabilimenti, which means establishments. In these clubs, there are restaurants that prepare "pesce fritto" and "pizza à metraggio", playgrounds, and permanent stationary umbrellas that one obtains by joining the club. There is a large shopping district with many fashion boutiques and a lively nightlife.