L'Aquila Province

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Abruzzo Information
Location of Abruzzo
Area: 10,794 km²
Population: 1.3 million
Density: 122/km²
Capital: L'Aquila

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Chieti
    • Altino
      Archi
      Ari
      Arielli
      Atessa
      Bomba
      Borrello
      Bucchianico
      Canosa Sannita
      Carpineto Sinello
      Carunchio
      Casacanditella
      Casalanguida
      Casalbordino
      Casalincontrada
      Casoli
      Castel Frentano
      Castelguidone
      Castiglione Messer Marino
      Celenza Sul Trigno
      Chieti
      Civitaluparella
      Civitella Messer Raimondo
      Colledimacine
      Colledimezzo
      Crecchio
      Cupello
      Dogliola
      Fallo
      Fara Filiorum Petri
      Fara San Martino
      Filetto
      Fossacesia
      Fraine
      Francavilla al Mare
      Fresagrandinaria
      Frisa
      Furci
      Gamberale
      Gessopalena
      Gissi
      Giuliano Teatino
      Guardiagrele
      Guilmi
      Lama dei Peligni
      Lanciano
      Lentella
      Lettopalena
      Liscia
      Miglianico
      Montazzoli
      Montebello sul Sangro
      Monteferrante
      Montelapiano
      Montenerodomo
      Monteodorisio
      Mozzagrogna
      Orsogna
      Ortona
      Paglieta
      Palena
      Palmoli
      Palombaro
      Pennadomo
      Pennapiedimonte
      Perano
      Pietraferrazzana
      Pizzoferrato
      Poggiofiorito
      Pollutri
      Pretoro
      Quadri
      Rapino
      Ripa Teatina
      Roccamontepiano
      Rocca San Giovanni
      Roccascalegna
      Roccaspinalveti
      Roio del Sangro
      Rosello
      San Buono
      San Giovanni Lipioni
      San Giovanni Teatino
      San Martino sulla Marrucina
      San Salvo
      Santa Maria Imbaro
      Sant'Eusanio del Sangro
      San Vito Chietino
      Scerni
      Schiavi d'Abruzzo
      Taranta Peligna
      Tollo
      Torino di Sangro
      Tornareccio
      Torrebruna
      Torrevecchia Teatina
      Torricella Peligna
      Treglio
      Tufillo
      Vacri
      Vasto
      Villalfonsina
      Villamagna
      Villa Santa Maria

  • L'Aquila
    • Acciano
      Aielli
      Alfedena
      Anversa degli Abruzzi
      Aragno
      Assergi
      Ateleta
      Avezzano
      Balsorano
      Barete
      Barisciano
      Barrea
      Bisegna
      Bominaco
      Bugnara
      Cagnano Amiterno
      Calascio
      Campo di Giove
      Campotosto
      Canistro
      Cansano
      Capestrano
      Capistrello
      Capitignano
      Caporciano
      Cappadocia
      Carapelle Calvisio
      Carsoli
      Castel del Monte
      Castel di leri
      Castel di Sangro
      Castellafiume
      Castelvecchio Calvisio
      Castelvecchio Subequo
      Celano
      Cerchio
      Civita d'Antino
      Civitella Alfedena
      Civitella Roveto
      Cocullo
      Collarmele
      Collelongo
      Collepietro
      Corfinio
      Fagnano Alto
      Fontecchio
      Fossa
      Gagliano Aterno
      Gioia dei Marsi
      Goriano Sicoli
      Introdacqua
      L'Aquila
      Lecce nei Marsi
      Luco dei Marsi
      Lucoli
      Magliano de' Marsi
      Massa d'Albe
      Molina Aterno
      Montereale
      Morino
      Navelli
      Ocre
      Ofena
      Opi
      Oricola
      Ortona dei Marsi
      Ortucchio
      Ovindoli
      Pacentro
      Paganica
      Pereto
      Pescasseroli
      Pescina
      Pescocostanzo
      Pettorano sul Gizio
      Pizzoli
      Poggio Picenze
      Prata d'Ansidonia
      Pratola Peligna
      Prezza
      Raiano
      Rivisondoli
      Roccacasale
      Rocca di Botte
      Rocca di Cambio
      Rocca Di Mezzo
      Rocca Pia
      Roccaraso
      San Benedetto dei Marsi
      San Benedetto in Perillis
      San Demetrio ne' Vestini
      San Pio delle Camere
      Sante Marie
      Sant'Eusanio Forconese
      Santo Stefano di Sessanio
      San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
      Scanno
      Scontrone
      Scoppito
      Scurcola Marsicana
      Secinaro
      Sulmona
      Tagliacozzo
      Tione Degli Abruzzi
      Tornimparte
      Trasacco
      Villalago
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Sant'Angelo
      Villavallelonga
      Villetta Barrea
      Vittorito

  • Pescara
    • Abbateggio
      Alanno
      Bolognano
      Brittoli
      Bussi sul Tirino
      Cappelle sul Tavo
      Caramanico Terme
      Carpineto della Nora
      Castiglione a Casauria
      Catignano
      Cepagatti
      Città Sant'Angelo
      Civitaquana
      Civitella Casanova
      Collecorvino
      Corvara
      Cugnoli
      Elice
      Farindola
      Lettomanoppello
      Loreto Aprutino
      Manoppello
      Montebello di Bertona
      Montesilvano
      Moscufo
      Nocciano
      Penne
      Pescara
      Pescosansonesco
      Pianella
      Picciano
      Pietranico
      Popoli
      Roccamorice
      Rosciano
      Salle
      Sant'Eufemia a Maiella
      San Valentino in
      Abruzzo Citeriore
      Scafa
      Serramonacesca
      Spoltore
      Tocco da Casauria
      Torre de' Passeri
      Turrivalignani
      Vicoli
      Villa Celiera

  • Teramo
    • Alba Adriatica
      Ancarano
      Arsita
      Atri
      Basciano
      Bellante
      Bisenti
      Campli
      Canzano
      Castel Castagna
      Castellalto
      Castelli
      Castiglione Messer Raimondo
      Castilenti
      Cellino Attanasio
      Cermignano
      Civitella del Tronto
      Colledara
      Colonnella
      Controguerra
      Corropoli
      Cortino
      Crognaleto
      Fano Adriano
      Giulianova
      Isola del Gran Sasso d'ltalia
      Martinsicuro
      Montefino
      Montorio al Vomano
      Morro d'Oro
      Mosciano Sant'Angelo
      Nereto
      Notaresco
      Penna Sant'Andrea
      Pietracamela
      Pineto
      Rocca Santa Maria
      Roseto Degli Abruzzi
      Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata
      Sant'Omero
      Silvi Marina
      Teramo
      Torano Nuovo
      Torricella Sicura
      Tortoreto
      Tossicia
      Valle Castellana
      Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro

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Abruzzo Airports
Abruzzo National Parks
The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
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L'Aquila Province, Abruzzo
Canistro - province of L'Aquila - Photo: Zeigler175
The province of L'Aquila covers an area of 5,034 sq.km which is almost half of the region of Abruzzo. It borders the province of Teramo to the north, Pescara and Chieti to the east, the region of Molise to the south and the region of Lazio to the west.

l'Aquila Province
Province of l'Aquila, Abruzzo
Although L'Aquila is the largest of the four provinces in the region of Abruzzo, it is the least densely populated largely due to it also being the most mountainous. The highest mountains of the Apennines, Gran Sasso, Maiella and Velino-Sirente, run through this province with the highest peak being Corno Grande. Until the 19th century the largest lake in Italy, Lago Fucino, was also in this province but it was drained during a large engineering project. Today, the plain which was once occupied by the lake is a very fertile and productive agriculture area.


Plain of Fucino - Photo: Marica Massaro
Lack of work in the area meant that during the 20th century many people left the villages and headed for larger towns to look for jobs. The population declined rapidly and the major economy, agriculture, almost collapsed as a result. In attempt to attract tourists to this very scenic area, several national parks were formed, Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, Majella National Park, and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park. These parks are well preserved with stunning scenery and a thriving wildlife. The area became popular with tourist which in turn created work and now the population is gradually increasing again.


Wolf in the Sirente-Velino Regional Park
Photo: Jairo S. Feris Delgado
Abruzzo is known as 'the green heart' of Italy and the province of L'Aquila has become well known for its well preserved medieval hill towns, fortresses and castles. The province has been badly effected over the years by earthquakes, particularly the capital city of L'Aquila and its surrounding areas.


Hilltown of Santa Stefamo di Sessanio - Photo: Ra Boe
L'Aquila
L'Aquila, which mean 'The Eagle' in Italian, is the capital city of the region of Abruzzo as well as being the capital of province of L'Aquila. It is situated in the west of the region, close to the border with Lazio and surrounded by the Appennine mountains. The Grand Sasso massif is to the north east of the city. L'Aquila is located at an altitude of 721 metres, betweeen four moutain peaks all over 2,000 metres. The fact that the city is surrounded by mountains makes it... read more

Avezzano
This is the second largest town in the province of L'Aquila and is an important commercial and industrial centre. It was once on the shores of the large Lago Fucino, the draining of which allowed the growth of agricultural and industry in the area.


19th century etching of Avezzano castle
Avezzano was completely destroyed in 1915 when it was hit by the worst earthquake in Italian history early in the morning on January 13th. Over 12,000 people died in the earthquake and the only two pieces of architecture to survive were the Casa dei Palazzi and one wing of Orsini Castle. The town had to be completely rebuilt, even the streets, which were built in parallel lines interspersed with areas of green and Liberty style villas.

Acciano


Pretty hill town of Acciano - Photo: Ra Boe
Acciano is surrounded by forests of oak trees and is built on a rocky spur between the mountains and the valleys below. This village is well known within Italy for its quality production of Montepulciano red wine. The historic centre is still enclosed behind the remains of the original fortified walls which are still in excellent condition, proving just how well they must have been built in the first place. Access to the town was gained through three doors, Porta Torrone, Porta Martino, and Porta of Aia. Recently, the original foundations of a square Roman temple, along with several pottery fragments, was discovered in this town. There is also an elaborate system of underground tunnels with evidence of mosaic floors next to the cemetery.

Barrea
Located on the shores of Lago di Barrea which is an artificial lake which was created during the building of a dam on the river Sangro after World War II.


Barrea Lake - Photo: Zitumassin
The village is in the centre of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise and is an area full of wildlife and beautiful scenery. The village, due to many attacks and invasions over the years, is built deep into the valley by which it protected. It was protected on all other sides by watchtowers and defensive walls. The village suffered badly during World War II and has many monuments in remembrance of these allied bombings.

Bugnara
One of the villages that has gained a place in the list of 'i borghi piu' belli d'Italia' (the most beautiful villages in Italy). Bugnara is nestled in the Peligna valley at the foot of Colle Rotondo. The houses, built closely together, are arranged around the castle which sits on the highest point. The castle suffered a fair amount of damage during the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.


Bugnara-Madonna della Neve church - Photo: Susan Cardwell
Other building of interest are:
  • Madonna della Neve - this church has three naves, all supported by gothic arches.
  • Santissimo Rosario - the baroque interior of this church is bright and colourful an has a carved wooden pulpit, marble sculptures, frescoes and a carved marble altar.
  • Palazzo Ducale di Sangro - this large castle is also known as 'Rocco dello Scorpione' and was built in the 12th century. It has two towers and is completely walled.
There are three palaces:
  • Palazzo Corrado
  • Palazzo Alesi Villapiana
  • Palazzo Papi


Calascio
The main attraction of this small village is the ruins of Rocca Calsacio which, at 1,460 metres above sea level is the highest fortress in the Apennines.


Calascio castle - Photo: Renano
Castel del Monte
At an altitude of 1345 meters this medieval village was built into a steep hillside in the centre of the Gran Sasso mountain range.


Castel del Monte - Photo: Brooke Nichols
Castel del Monte was built on rocks and has many narrow, underground tunnels known as 'sporti' which were used as a means of getting from one place in the village to another safely during times of seige. The centre of the village is enclosed by strong walls with a high Bell Tower (also used as a watchtower) at its centre. These walls have five gates which wree, until the end of the 19th century, locked at night to keep out bandits. Originally the whole place was fortress to keep its people safe.

Celano
The main site in this hilltop village is the Piccolomini Castle which was built in the early 15th century on top of the hill of San Vittorino. It is a square castle with round towers at each corner. In 1915 it was damaged by an earthquake but was restored. There are also some lovely churches in this village, all with 13th century facades.


Celano - Piccolomini Castle
Fontecchio
This small village is worthy of a visit purely because of its beautiful and well preserved historical centre.

Pacentro
Pacentro is built on a hilly ridge 650 metres above sea level. At one end of the town, sitting on top of a hill, Colle Castello, there is a castle and at the other end another hill, Colle San Marco, used to have the church of San Marco sitting on it. The area is renowned for its fresh mountain waters and springs. The main sites are in the old centre around the castle. Caldora/Cantelmo Castle was built in a trapezoidal shape with a tower in every corner. Three of the four towers are still standing and can be clearly seen as you approach the town. There are many palaces, most of which are in or near the main squares of Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Umberto. As in all ancient Italian towns there are many beautiful churches, the most noteable of which is the 16th century baroque Convent Church. The interior has carved choir stalls, frescoes of the life of St Francis of Assisi, rare paintings and a collection of side alters.


Pacentro - Photo: Ra Boe


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Abruzzo Information
Location of Abruzzo
Area: 10,794 km²
Population: 1.3 million
Density: 122/km²
Capital: L'Aquila

Find a hotel in Abruzzo
Provinces
Comunes
  • Chieti
    • Altino
      Archi
      Ari
      Arielli
      Atessa
      Bomba
      Borrello
      Bucchianico
      Canosa Sannita
      Carpineto Sinello
      Carunchio
      Casacanditella
      Casalanguida
      Casalbordino
      Casalincontrada
      Casoli
      Castel Frentano
      Castelguidone
      Castiglione Messer Marino
      Celenza Sul Trigno
      Chieti
      Civitaluparella
      Civitella Messer Raimondo
      Colledimacine
      Colledimezzo
      Crecchio
      Cupello
      Dogliola
      Fallo
      Fara Filiorum Petri
      Fara San Martino
      Filetto
      Fossacesia
      Fraine
      Francavilla al Mare
      Fresagrandinaria
      Frisa
      Furci
      Gamberale
      Gessopalena
      Gissi
      Giuliano Teatino
      Guardiagrele
      Guilmi
      Lama dei Peligni
      Lanciano
      Lentella
      Lettopalena
      Liscia
      Miglianico
      Montazzoli
      Montebello sul Sangro
      Monteferrante
      Montelapiano
      Montenerodomo
      Monteodorisio
      Mozzagrogna
      Orsogna
      Ortona
      Paglieta
      Palena
      Palmoli
      Palombaro
      Pennadomo
      Pennapiedimonte
      Perano
      Pietraferrazzana
      Pizzoferrato
      Poggiofiorito
      Pollutri
      Pretoro
      Quadri
      Rapino
      Ripa Teatina
      Roccamontepiano
      Rocca San Giovanni
      Roccascalegna
      Roccaspinalveti
      Roio del Sangro
      Rosello
      San Buono
      San Giovanni Lipioni
      San Giovanni Teatino
      San Martino sulla Marrucina
      San Salvo
      Santa Maria Imbaro
      Sant'Eusanio del Sangro
      San Vito Chietino
      Scerni
      Schiavi d'Abruzzo
      Taranta Peligna
      Tollo
      Torino di Sangro
      Tornareccio
      Torrebruna
      Torrevecchia Teatina
      Torricella Peligna
      Treglio
      Tufillo
      Vacri
      Vasto
      Villalfonsina
      Villamagna
      Villa Santa Maria

  • L'Aquila
    • Acciano
      Aielli
      Alfedena
      Anversa degli Abruzzi
      Aragno
      Assergi
      Ateleta
      Avezzano
      Balsorano
      Barete
      Barisciano
      Barrea
      Bisegna
      Bominaco
      Bugnara
      Cagnano Amiterno
      Calascio
      Campo di Giove
      Campotosto
      Canistro
      Cansano
      Capestrano
      Capistrello
      Capitignano
      Caporciano
      Cappadocia
      Carapelle Calvisio
      Carsoli
      Castel del Monte
      Castel di leri
      Castel di Sangro
      Castellafiume
      Castelvecchio Calvisio
      Castelvecchio Subequo
      Celano
      Cerchio
      Civita d'Antino
      Civitella Alfedena
      Civitella Roveto
      Cocullo
      Collarmele
      Collelongo
      Collepietro
      Corfinio
      Fagnano Alto
      Fontecchio
      Fossa
      Gagliano Aterno
      Gioia dei Marsi
      Goriano Sicoli
      Introdacqua
      L'Aquila
      Lecce nei Marsi
      Luco dei Marsi
      Lucoli
      Magliano de' Marsi
      Massa d'Albe
      Molina Aterno
      Montereale
      Morino
      Navelli
      Ocre
      Ofena
      Opi
      Oricola
      Ortona dei Marsi
      Ortucchio
      Ovindoli
      Pacentro
      Paganica
      Pereto
      Pescasseroli
      Pescina
      Pescocostanzo
      Pettorano sul Gizio
      Pizzoli
      Poggio Picenze
      Prata d'Ansidonia
      Pratola Peligna
      Prezza
      Raiano
      Rivisondoli
      Roccacasale
      Rocca di Botte
      Rocca di Cambio
      Rocca Di Mezzo
      Rocca Pia
      Roccaraso
      San Benedetto dei Marsi
      San Benedetto in Perillis
      San Demetrio ne' Vestini
      San Pio delle Camere
      Sante Marie
      Sant'Eusanio Forconese
      Santo Stefano di Sessanio
      San Vincenzo Valle Roveto
      Scanno
      Scontrone
      Scoppito
      Scurcola Marsicana
      Secinaro
      Sulmona
      Tagliacozzo
      Tione Degli Abruzzi
      Tornimparte
      Trasacco
      Villalago
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Sant'Angelo
      Villavallelonga
      Villetta Barrea
      Vittorito

  • Pescara
    • Abbateggio
      Alanno
      Bolognano
      Brittoli
      Bussi sul Tirino
      Cappelle sul Tavo
      Caramanico Terme
      Carpineto della Nora
      Castiglione a Casauria
      Catignano
      Cepagatti
      Città Sant'Angelo
      Civitaquana
      Civitella Casanova
      Collecorvino
      Corvara
      Cugnoli
      Elice
      Farindola
      Lettomanoppello
      Loreto Aprutino
      Manoppello
      Montebello di Bertona
      Montesilvano
      Moscufo
      Nocciano
      Penne
      Pescara
      Pescosansonesco
      Pianella
      Picciano
      Pietranico
      Popoli
      Roccamorice
      Rosciano
      Salle
      Sant'Eufemia a Maiella
      San Valentino in
      Abruzzo Citeriore
      Scafa
      Serramonacesca
      Spoltore
      Tocco da Casauria
      Torre de' Passeri
      Turrivalignani
      Vicoli
      Villa Celiera

  • Teramo
    • Alba Adriatica
      Ancarano
      Arsita
      Atri
      Basciano
      Bellante
      Bisenti
      Campli
      Canzano
      Castel Castagna
      Castellalto
      Castelli
      Castiglione Messer Raimondo
      Castilenti
      Cellino Attanasio
      Cermignano
      Civitella del Tronto
      Colledara
      Colonnella
      Controguerra
      Corropoli
      Cortino
      Crognaleto
      Fano Adriano
      Giulianova
      Isola del Gran Sasso d'ltalia
      Martinsicuro
      Montefino
      Montorio al Vomano
      Morro d'Oro
      Mosciano Sant'Angelo
      Nereto
      Notaresco
      Penna Sant'Andrea
      Pietracamela
      Pineto
      Rocca Santa Maria
      Roseto Degli Abruzzi
      Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata
      Sant'Omero
      Silvi Marina
      Teramo
      Torano Nuovo
      Torricella Sicura
      Tortoreto
      Tossicia
      Valle Castellana
      Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro

Abruzzo Flag
Abruzzo Airports
Abruzzo National Parks
The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
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