Hi Ken and Josephine
I have to agree with Sheilamarsco, Abruzzzo is such a large region with vast differences (e.g. mountain villages vs sea villages) that it really depends upon your tastes and what catches your heart.
I can tell you that I thought I wanted something in Pescara or Francavilla al mare and when I actually went house hunting in 2010 bought something in a small village that just stole my heart.
What I realized during my search is that I wanted to be part of a community, particularly as my Italian is very poor. In my village, everyone loves to help me learn new words! They are very supportive and love to test my ongoing knowledge. The bottom line is that I've been adopted by a village rather then be a resident in a city. For me it works!
Be open to the process and let your heart guide you.
Wish you all the best