Enclosed within medieval walls, L’Aquila in the Abruzzo Region sits quietly in a picturesque valley, surrounded by the majesty of the Apennine Mountains rising around the city. Founded in the 13th century, L’Aquila now serves as the capital of the region and the namesake province. Its winding streets that lead to Renaissance buildings, baroque churches, and charming plazas never fail to entice visitors to want to discover more of the mysterious old town.
The city is also home to a symphony and film institute in the form of the University of L’Aquila, which contributes greatly to the high culture of the area. A great base from which to explore and discover the rest of the Abruzzo Region, L’Aquila is only a short distance from Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, which also offers an entire expanse of nature and hidden treasures. Exploring the region is best when booking a rental Villa by Abruzzo Villas, offering well-appointed accommodations in the most well-placed locations throughout Abruzzo, particularly in L’Aquila.
For a city that’s constantly struck by disasters and traumatic events, L’Aquila keeps on rebuilding itself, which makes it one of the most interesting places to see and experience in the Abruzzo Region. There are so many must-see places to visit in the city, starting from La Rivera’s Fontana delle Novantanove Cannelle, which translates as the Fountain of Ninety-Nine Spouts. This prominent feature in the oldest portion of the city is a great visual representation of the myths and stories that are linked to the foundation and history of L’Aquila.
Another major feature within the city is Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, which features an iconic patterned exterior in pink and white, reminiscent of the Gothic and Romanesque architectural movements back in the 13th century, during which the basilica was erected.
When you are not exploring history through prominent architectural features within the city, visit other places that exhibit the richness of L’Aquila’s culture like Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Basilica di San Bernardino da Siena, Fontana Luminosa, and La Chiesa di San Silevstro.
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