10 Things to Do in L'Aquila That You Shouldn't Miss

L'Aquila (Italian: [ˈlaːkwila] ( listen), meaning "The Eagle") is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila. As of 2013, it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. Laid out within medieval walls on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river, it is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d'Italia to the north-east.

1. Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa

Piazzale Collemaggio 5 | Corner Via S. Josemaria Escrivà, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
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5 based on 557 reviews

Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa

Reviewed By jesscet - Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A church with beautiful and grand design

The grand basilica is still in the process of being restored after the devastating 2009 earthquake in the region. The exterior is uniquely beautiful with mosaic designs and sculptures and the interior is grand featuring arches and intricate architecture a

2. Fontana delle 99 cannelle

Via Borgo Rivera snc, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Fountains
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 648 reviews

Fontana delle 99 cannelle

Reviewed By KatrienS955 - Ghent, BelgiumGhent, Belgium

The tourist attraction in L'Aquila

The fountain is located at the edge of the historical town, next to one of the gates. Originally much smaller, it was expanded till well in the 20th century to now have 99 spouts, which symbolise the 99 villages that decided to cooperate and become L'Aqui

3. Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo - MUNDA

Loc. 99 Cannelle | Località Borgo Rivera, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Museums, History Museums
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo - MUNDA

Reviewed By MarklavLaptop - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

The Museum is open, but in a new location

The museum has moved from the Fort to a new building which is very close to the Fontana delle 99 cannelle. The museum is very good and is a must visit attraction for visitors to the city.

4. Forte Spagnolo

Via Castello, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Forte Spagnolo

Reviewed By Dr_Miami - Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore

Great for a stroll around the surrounding park

After having a coffee or meal nearby, this is a great place to have a walk afterwards. I suggest going at sunset so that you can see the shadows and the different colorations of the stone structure - it is awe inspiring

5. Basilica di San Bernardino

Via San Bernardino, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Basilica di San Bernardino

Reviewed By tpbel - Belfast, United KingdomBelfast, United Kingdom

Very moving

Thus church survived the earthquake while all the buildings around it suffered. St. Bernard who rests here is said to have provided protection. Whatever the explanation, the preservation of the beautiful interior and exquisite roof is a joy to see. Don't

6. Centro Storico L'Aquila

67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
Excellent
46%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 79 reviews

Centro Storico L'Aquila

Reviewed By alex4777 - Purmerend, The NetherlandsPurmerend, The Netherlands

Impressive to feel the impact destruction

When walking in the early evening around and witnessing all the buildings under restoration and others scaffolded, to prevent them falling apart, you feel the destructive force of the 2009 earthquake. It felt like visiting a war zone, like in Syria, altho

7. Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II

| Localita la Jenca, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II

Reviewed By 740rupertw - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

Sanctuary for the late Pope.

An interesting tiny village of no more than a few small stone houses and a few larger homes. The Borgo is placed on a smaller hilltop set within the mountains of Abruzzo, a small church sits in the centre of the town with stunning views along the length o

8. Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Piazza del Duomo

Reviewed By Jackie G - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

A view of many damaged buildings but good food

Unfortunately the duomo is still closed, the other church on the piazza has one small room open as a chapel of remembrance for victims of the earthquake and as you scan there is scaffolding everywhere. But there is a certain vibrancy nonetheless - the vie

9. Anfiteatro Romano di Amiternum

Strada Statale, 80 | Closed to Labitato Di San Vittorino, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
Excellent
47%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Anfiteatro Romano di Amiternum

Reviewed By Povldr - Frederiksberg, DenmarkFrederiksberg, Denmark

A quiet look back in history

Amiternum is an ancient Roman area near the Italian city L'Aquila in Abruzzo. The main attractions are the amphitheatre and the arena. You can find some better preserved both in Italy and outside Italy, but at least you will not be bothered by other touri

10. Fontana Luminosa

Piazza Battaglione Alpini, L'Aquila, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Fountains
Excellent
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4 based on 144 reviews

Fontana Luminosa

Fontana Luminosa

Reviewed By Hornelson - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

Not the best place to see in town

For sure this is quite anonymous, it worths just five minutes but if you miss it ... you wont have any regret.

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