Pescara, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, is the capital city of the province of the same name and the largest city in the region of Abruzzo, with a population of around 125,000. The city is a buzzing university town, with many departments of the G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara located close to the center. This contributes to a healthy night-life in “The City Where Time Flies”. Expats in Pescara will be able to enjoy the atmospheric and historic old city center, which is constructed inside Spanish city walls, dating from the city’s time as part of the Kingdom of Naples. Another major sight is the Cathedral of St. Cetteus, which has a well-known 17th-century portrait of Saint Francis. Expats living in Pescara can use InterNations to find out more about their adopted city and network with one another. This online community of expatriates is a great resource from which to glean information from other international residents.
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New expatriates moving to Pescara will find a well-connected city. Abruzzo International Airport is close by and offers both international and Italian destinations. The Port of Pescara has ferries to Croatia and the train station has lines to Milan, Rome, Bologna, Ancona and Bari. The city is also connected to two pan-European motorways, the autostrada A14 and A25. Once in the city, new expatriates in Pescara will find an extensive bus service. The city has an active cultural life and is home to one of Europe’s major jazz festivals. The presence of the university, with 31,000 students, also influences an active social scene. The discussion boards and forums of InterNations are an ideal place to network with other expats living in Pescara and across the world, and learn about the best neighborhoods in the city.
Pescara has a diverse economy and is one of the most important economic centers on Italy’s Adriatic coast. There is a vibrant tourist economy, especially during the summer when thousands of visitors are drawn to the city due to its excellent beaches. The university is also a major employer and the surrounding area has a variety of businesses in textiles, food, chemicals, engineering and construction. To take advantage of the many opportunities in the city, expats working in Pescara can network with one another on InterNations and perhaps uncover professional opportunities. InterNations’ in-house publication, Expat Magazine, also carries many articles on how best to succeed in the expatriate lifestyle.