Tips for Pescara mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Pescara bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Pescara. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Pescara. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Pescara highlights.

What to see in Pescara with your coach bus minibus rental with driver

The city of Pescara with a rental mini bus or motorcoach will surprise you because of the range of activities and fun that it can offer you despite its reduced size. In times of the summer heat a bus can take you and your group to the beautiful town of Silvi Marina and its beaches. Off course you could rent a bus to drive you around to enjoy the gastronomy and nightlife in the Nettuno Beach Club or La designeria. Or hire a coach in Pescara, to arrange cultural visits during daytime to places like the House of Gabrielle d"Annunzio or the Basilica of the seven sorrows. Pescara bus tour options all tastes!

Here we mention some day trips and bus tours that you should organize in your group tour around Pescara and its beautiful surroundings.

Abruzzo, Pineto

Abruzzo, Pineto credit: Rino Peroni CC BY-SA 2.0

Day trips in motor coach or rental minibus from Pescara

Day trip to Chieti: the pretty town of Chieti is just 18 minutes in bus from Pescara; therefore, your chauffeur will take you by bus in a moment. While there you cannot enjoy the beach, you cannot miss the charm of this place, with its several palaces of architectural interest (it has at least six palaces to visit), several churches and cathedrals and even some Roman ruin. This bus trip could be full day or half day.

By bus to the beach and visit the town of Pineto: the beach of this municipality is among the cleanest and most valued of a country with an endless coastline and among the most visited in the world. The small village of no more than 14,000 inhabitants is quiet and surrounded by pine trees, but you can visit the Tower of Cerrano, an old defence tower, in addition to enjoying a day of diving in crystal clear waters. From Pescara to Pineto it will only take 15 minutes by bus. You could consider requesting 2 transfers in order not to pay for a full day coach hire from Pescara

1 day Teramo bus tour: this city of barely 50,000 inhabitants has, like many others in Italy, a surprising number of places to visit. From the Teramo "Duomo" or Cathedral, a very interesting work from the 12th century, which presides over the square, to the beautiful Piazza Orsini or the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre from the 1st century ad. Between Pescara and Teramo, there are some 100 Kilometres so you have to estimate that with your bus with driver it will take about 1 hour to get there. Think about it upfront if for this trip you want the bus to stay with the group for the whole day. Coach or minibus hire for just the 2 transfers instead of a full day hire might save you money

Corso San Giorgio - Teramo Abruzzo Italy 

Corso San Giorgio - Teramo Abruzzo Italy credit: Stefano Ulissi CC BY-SA 2.0

1-day bus tour to Rome: everybody should get on a rented coach to Rome! Since Rome is only 2 hours away and there you can do everything in a day: see the Colosseum and the Forum, visit (running) the Vatican, throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi, put your hand inside the Bocca della Verità, as Audrey Hepburn did and get a pizza to eat when driving back to Pescara in your bus

Activities to do in Pescara in summer with or without a bus

You can use your minibus to get you there and pick you up but a part from the transfers you’ll not need it.

Fishing and tourism on Board of Nonno Remo I

No doubt, if you are lovers of the beach and the sea, you should try to place your visit to Pescara in the months of good weather. At that time, in the port of Pescara you will find an activity for the whole family that will allow you to discover the city from a different, very nice point of view. The masters of this boat, Danilo and Claudio, in addition to guide their boat along the coast of Pescara, will know how to prepare a delicious seafood meal to enjoy on the high seas, cooked with part of what you will have fished during the trip.


Giulio_Nikon_Pescara credit: Giulio Gigante CC BY-SA 2.0

Enjoy some party in Nettuno Beach Club

You will be able to enjoy the Nettuno Beach Club Beach of Pescara in two ways. During the day, it will be an ideal place to be comfortably sunbathing and swimming. You can also eat and enjoy, in short, quiet hours of beach in comfortable deckchairs. At night, you will have to go without the kids and you can enjoy good music and good drinks as well as the cool ambiance of the beach, in a typical place of summer party in Pescara. It may not be so exclusive as other more upmarket ‘Beach club’ in the world but it has a lively atmosphere and good music.

Better days, Pescara 

Better days, Pescara credit: christian CC BY-SA 2.0

Places to visit without the need for a bus in Pescara

"Pescara vecchia"

Almost all Italian cities have a historic centre to see, but the "old Pescara", as it is known, is a set of streets where it is simply delightful to stroll. It would be a waste to bring the mini bus so let the driver drop you of at the centre. The beauty of the architecture, the number of bars and restaurants in which to stop to have a drink or eat something delicious, the environment that cannot be described but is full of charm and is deeply Italian... everything makes the walk around the old Pescara neighbourhoods great. You can start here your walking tour around the city, visiting the Church of the sacred heart, reaching then the Ponte del Mare and the sculpture Fontana di Cascella, at the port. In the centre (Pescara Colli) there is also the Basilica of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows and the Casa Natale di Gabriele d"Annunzio.

In the middle of the journey through these streets you can visit the Church of the Sacred Heart, a beautiful neo-Gothic cathedral which is located in the square of the same name.

The Sea Bridge (Ponte del Mare): strolling through the old Pescara you will arrive at this bridge, considered the emblem of the city by its inhabitants. It is a pendant, more than 400 meter long pedestrian bridge, the longest in Italy. From the bridge you can take good pictures of the city, so it is best that you reach it with charged battery! The bridge is located in the southern Riviera.

Fountain nave di Cascella: continuing along the port area you will find another modern city emblem, as this monument, which is located in Piazza 1 maggio. This sculpture, built by Pietro Cascella in 1987, which has become a symbol of the city for the inhabitants, is made of Carrara marble and symbolizes the figure of a Spanish galleon. 

A "green" rest: next to the harbour is a large, well-kept park known as Pineta Dannunziana. So whether you go with children or not, you will have a nice break in your walk through the city, especially if the heat is strong.

D"Annunzio"s birth museum house: If you are lovers of Italian poetry, this is your chance to visit the house of a genius in that field. The House is preserved with all the atmosphere of the 18th century and shows the work of the author. If you are not into literature, you better skip this visit and change it by other activities in the open air. The writers house is located in Corso Manthonè, 116.

Casa natal de D

Casa natal de D"Annunzio en Pescara. credit: Raboe001 CC BY-SA 2.5

Basilica of the virgin of the seven sorrows: this basilica was built where, allegedly, at the end of the 16th century a virgin appeared. Since then, the Church has become an important place of worship and pilgrimage for the faithful. The current Temple became a basilica in 1952, and it is located in Largo Madonna, 4.

Eating and drinking in Pescara: after churches, monuments, boat rides and baths in the Adriatic Sea, comes the time to enjoy something equally important in Pescara and in all Italy: gastronomy and nightlife.

If you are downtown walking, for example, you can take a pleasant break in the known Agora Café, located in the very central Piazza Salotto. There you will be served a generous and very tasty snack with a good quality price ratio and in an excellent place.

Crabs and Polpo

Crabs and Polpo credit: Dave Collier CC BY-ND 2.0 

At night, cocktail lovers can find a variety of them at a modern and young location, La Designeria, located in the central street Viale Gabriele D"Annunzio. The cocktail menu is truly wide, and the owner understands his trade and can advise you about the best way not to end up drinking the typical cocktails. The nightlife of Pescara is one of the liveliest in the country and, therefore, you must book at least one night to enjoy it.

Tour on foot or by bus with driver around Pescara?

We have already seen that this coastal city can be reached by coach. What is certain is that in all cases, your rental bus driver will have to take a break and he definitely want to have that break in Pescara! So while you are visiting the old neighbourhood and a walk through the port it your bus driver will probably be fishing at the port. Similarly, if you decide to spend a day on the beach of the city, in case you have reached it in the summer, your mini bus driver may do the same and thus take profit to make the mandatory breaks in a nicer way. However, you cannot get there without the bus because some beaches are far away. Take also in to account that when you spend a day walking around the city in the middle of August, or you spend hours in the sun, you will be very thankful to go back to the hotel with the comfort of air conditioning and guided by someone from the area, who knows how to deal with driving, something difficult in Italy!.

Tours in Pescara

You can rent a bus in Pescara for tours in the city or in the Abruzzo region. The small seaside city of Pescara is representative of the Abruzzo region, since it has a little of everything to delight visitors. In summer, it offers the possibility to do water sports and enjoy the beautiful Adriatic. At night, the lively atmosphere of students fills the streets of the old town and it is a pleasure to stroll through them.

What to see and what to do in Pescara

In Pescara awaits the visit to Ponte del Mare (Sea Bridge), the narrow streets of the old town, the Basilica of the Virgin of the seven sorrows, or a swim in the waters of the Adriatic Sea. Therefore, it will be better to have your rental coach with driver, to take profit of the time and sleep between an attraction and another. 

Lungomare sud

Lungomare sud, Pescara credits: Paolo Melchiorre CC BY-SA 2.0

Tours in the Abruzzo region

Your tour with private transport in a rented bus or coach with driver in the region of Abruzzo, that is increasingly known by tour operators and travellers, and there are activities and places to visit for all kinds of tastes. You can go skiing on the tops of Campo Imperatore, but as addicts of architecture and history you will also enjoy looking at the Basilica of Colemaggio in L"Aquila or as curious hikers enjoying the waterfall of El Verde in Borrello. Ohh and beach lovers will not have to complaint either!. The region of Abruzzo is located in a privileged position between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain chain. Therefore, in Abruzzo you can find beautiful mountain sceneries and also beaches of turquoise water and fine white sand.

A day at the mountainside in the Gran Sasso National Park

Whether you are in the capital of the region, L"Aquila, or in the more tourist Pescara, in 20 minutes your driver can take you by rental bus or coach to the Gran Sasso National Park, which is located some 15 kilometres away from both cities. This is one of the largest parks in the country, and has with two especially beautiful enclaves such as the highest peak in the Apennines, the Corno Grande (‘the big horn’) with a glacier front, and a huge meadow known as Campo Imperatore, in which you can take stunning photos depending on the time of the year. In addition, this natural space has waterfalls and lakes of crystal clear waters. If you are into skiing or snowboarding you can have a good time here in the winter.

Gole del Salinello, Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga 

Gole del Salinello, Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga credit: Cristiano Sabbatini CC BY-ND 2.0

Visit the Natural Reserve of the Waterfall of El Verde

If you are real lovers of nature you’ll enjoy a visit to the Natural Reserve of the waterfalls of the Verde River. It’s near the town of Chieti. Located about 100 kilometres both from L"Aquila and from Pescara, so you must know that it will take more than one hour to arrive. However, with the convenience of your rental bus and private driver you don’t have to worry about driving this route. It’s of a great scenic interest. Once in the reserve you can contemplate the country"s highest waterfall, since there is a route to see it, suitable for travelling with children and of low difficulty.

Beautiful view of the canyon waterfall of Rio Verde 

Beautiful view of the canyon waterfall of Rio Verde credit: Moyan Brenn CC BY 2.0

What to do in the Abruzzo region if you go with children

Children have a lot of energy, you know, so maybe with two visits to the mountainside it will not be enough. If this is the case, at 100 km from Pescara, and 30 kilometres from the capital of the region are the caves of Stiffe, which are open every day of the year, and which children will love, with the waterfalls within the caves.

Grotte del Cavallone, Abruzzo 

Grotte del Cavallone, Abruzzo credit: Ra Boe CC BY-SA 3.0

Another ideal activity for children is a visit to the recovery centre of deer which is located in the village of Scanno. Children may be surrounded by these lovely animals and listen to explanations of the caregiver who is in charge of the Centre.

Tour the cathedrals and charming towns

So that nobody can say that this road does not contain any interest for lovers of architecture and history, it must be said that the Abruzzo also has many gems in that sense.

Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Colemaggio in L"Aquila

Perhaps the aesthetics of this Church does not appear the most spectacular, but perhaps the date of its construction can impact you, because it dates back to 1288. It also contains the oldest holy door in the world (i.e., the door of a basilica that only opens on the occasion of the Jubilee year).

The curious fountain of 99 taps in L"Aquila

This curious monument, emblem of the city of L"Aquila, is made up of 99 tubes arising from 99 heads sculpted in stone. According to tradition, each one represents the 99 castles that participated in the foundation of the city in the 13th century.

See the Calascio rock castle

This impressive fortress is located in the municipality of the same name, 40 kilometres from the capital of the region, in the National Park of Gran Sasso. The construction of the fortress dates back to the year 1000, and in the 16th century it was acquired by a well-known family, the Medici. 


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