L'Aquila, l'aquila italy, l'aquila abruzzo, tourist information l'aquila, visiting l'aquila, facts about l'aquila, information on l'aquila
L'Aquila, l'aquila italy, l'aquila abruzzo, tourist information l'aquila, visiting l'aquila, facts about l'aquila, information on l'aquila
Town of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

L'Aquila, l'aquila italy, l'aquila abruzzo, tourist information l'aquila, visiting l'aquila, facts about l'aquila, information on l'aquila

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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.

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It is situated in the west of the region, close to the border with Lazio and surrounded by the Apennine mountains. The Grand Sasso massif is to the north east of the city.

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Gran Sasso - Photo: Idéfix
L'Aquila is located at an altitude of 721 metres, between four moutain peaks all over 2,000 metres. The fact that the city is surrounded by mountains makes it unusually cool for central Italy. It is said that L'Aquila enjoys a climate of eleven cool months and one cold one!

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Gran Sasso in the winter - Photo: Roteldav
The city was constructed in 1254 by the then King of Sicily, Conrad IV. It was an important location and became the second city of the kingdom of Naples.

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Portici di Corso Vittorio Emanuele - Photo: Ra Boe
But the history of L'Aquila has always been dangerous and violent. A combination of war, the plague and constant earthquakes has destroyed the city and decimated its population many times.

Located directly over an area of constant seismic activity, L'Aquila has suffered from serious earthquakes throughout its history. There have been a total of eleven since 1315. The worst, in terms of loss of life, was in 1786, when more than 6,000 people were killed.

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Earthquake intensity map
The latest, was on April 6th, 2009. This earthquake has caused controversy in Italy for a number of reasons. The tremours that preceded the larger earthquake caused concern in the area. A team of seismologists that visited the City declared the area safe and recommended that citizens stay in their homes.

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Emergency Services examining the earthquake damage
The earthquake that followed a few days later killed 308 people, injured 1,500 and made 65,000 homeless. Members of the team were prosecuted and found guilty, only to be subsequently released on appeal. These events have caused a great deal of anger on both sides of the argument.

Another area of controversy concerned the collapse of a university dormitory block which killed several students. Investigations showed that the building had been constructed without adhering to the rules and regulations governing construction in seismic areas. Those responsible were prosecuted. Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister at the time of the earthquake, moved a scheduled meeting of the G8 leaders from Sardinia to L'Aquila to show support for the stricken inhabitants. The rebuilding of the city, still not completed, has also been making the news with several local officials being accused of corruption, fraud and the misuse of public funds.

Despite the continuous damage inflicted on the city, there are a number of important buildings still standing.

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The Spanish Fort - Photo: LIAP
The huge Spanish fort (Forte Spagnolo), standing at the highest point of l'Aquila, was erected in 1534 by the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo. It is currently used as the National Museum of Abruzzo.

The Cathedral of San Massimo (the Duomo) dates back to the 13th century. It was partially destroyed during the earthquake of 1703, rebuilt and then seriously damaged in 2009.

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Piazza Duomo - Photo: Ra Boe
Another well-known city landmark is the Fontana Luminosa ('Luminous Fountain'), a sculpture of two women bearing large jars, built in the 1930s.

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Fontana Luminosa - photo: Michele Modica
Another beautiful and historic fountain in the city centre is La fontana delle 99 cannelle (The fountain of the 99 spouts).

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La fontana delle 99 cannelle - Photo: Ra Boe
L'Aquila
Population: 70,967
Male: 34,734
Female: 36,233
Population density: 152.0 per square km

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 10,794 km²
      Population: 1.3m
      Density: 122/km²
      Capital: L’ Aquila

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

      The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Location of Abruzzo
Provinces of Abruzzo
  • Comunes of Abruzzo
    • Chieti (CH)
      • 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 (AQ)
      • 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 (PE)
      • 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 (TE)
      • 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 Climate (L’ Aquila)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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