The following article, written by Maria Pasquale, appears on CNN.com.
Central Italy‘s Abruzzo has always attracted visitors thanks to its enviable snow season, but up until recently the majority were European.
Now the region, a world away from modern Italy, could be on the verge of an international tourism boom.
With incoming travel numbers on the rise in the country, visitors are increasingly searching for lesser known and undiscovered regional destinations — and Abruzzo has it all.
This includes lakes, the Adriatic coastline, national parks, imposing mountain ranges, UNESCO heritage sites, some of the most beautiful medieval towns in the country, and an eclectic and diverse cuisine that changes from the beach to the mountains.
Many tourism operators and trailblazers are working hard to put central Italy’s green region on the map.
In the province of L’Aquila, Sulmona locals Katy Gorman and Susanna Iraci run the Welcome to Sulmona project, the only English guide of its kind to the area.
Beyond tips and advice, they offer a range of visitor services including a walking food tour. Continue reading on CNN for the top 10 reasons to visit Abruzzo.