Next weekend — May 18-20Pescara, Italy: 50.19 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Pescara.

Pescara, gateway to the mountainous Abruzzo region, is a real pleasure for art aficionados and sun worshippers.

For relaxation, visit the 10-mile stretch of wide, sandy beaches offering many stabilimenti — club areas with restaurants, playgrounds and plenty of umbrellas for cooling off. The warm waters of the Adriatic Sea host water activities such as swimming, snorkeling and water skiing.

The Viale della Riviera, which runs beside the beach, offers a promenade with cafes, nightclubs and shops. The restaurants serve fresh seafood, so enjoy a local dish such as polpi in purgatorio — cuttlefish cooked in tomatoes, peppers and garlic — or brodetto, a soup with mussels, fish and tomatoes served with a chunk of bread. Don’t forget to try one of the local red wines.

The city has a number of museums, including the Basilio Cascella Museum displaying mostly art nouveau works, and the Museum of Modern Art with works by contemporary Italian and international artists. Another museum of significance is the Museum of the Abruzzi People, which highlights local traditions and exhibits art and artifacts.

If time allows, venture out to the town of Chieti, which offers tourists attractive panoramic views of the surrounding waters and mountains. The town’s Museo Archelogico Nazionale d’Abruzzo and surrounding park contain Roman statues and tombs. According to the ViaMichelin Web site,, works to look for include a seated Hercules, a bone funerary bed and the “Warrior from Capestrano.”

Next month — June 8-10Szczecin, Poland: 72.56 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Szczecin Golenlow.

Start exploring Szczecin on foot at the city’s central railway station, where the tourist route begins. The dashed red line on the pavement guides tourists to 42 of the city’s landmarks.

Your second stop along the route, on Dworcowa Street, is the distinctive, round building housing the tourist information office, where visitors can pick up guidebooks, maps, postcards and souvenirs. Further down the street is the Port Gate, one of two entrances to the old town. Several of the city’s tourist attractions can be found in the old town, including the restored Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of St. Jacob, White Eagle Square with its baroque fountain and the original Old Town Hall.

Inside the Pomeranian Duke’s Castle, visit an exhibition of sarcophagi or dine at the Zamkowa restaurant. Walk around the castle to locate the Museum Bailey and climb the stairs to the top of the bell tower for impressive photo-worthy views of the city below.

From here, make your way to the Chrobry Embankment, which, according to the city’s tourist information Web site,, is the trademark of the city. Take a stroll along the embankment and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants serving traditional Polish cuisine. Look for the Marine Museum on the embankment, with maritime displays from various cultures and eras.

The embankment is a popular site for many summertime events, including the Sea Days Festival, which begins this year on June 8. Bring your camera for the spectacular fireworks display and celebration of sailing vessels.

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