L’ Aquila is a small and pleasant city, surrounded with mountains and situated on the northern part of the province having the same name. The city is also the capital of that province. It is worth mentioning that the city has witnessed severe earthquakes that have changed the face of the entire place. Narrow streets with baroque, renaissance architecture, elegant piazzas and extravagant mountains make this place a favorable tourist destination.
German Emperor Corrado IV established L’Aquila in 1254. Later on, L’Aquila becomes the second city of the kingdom of Naples. Since then the city has gone through tremendous changes and has been ruled by various kings. The remains of their rules and diversity of their culture is still present in the contemporary L’Aquila.
Car and bus are the simplest way of reaching L’Aquila, which can be conveniently boarded from any of the terminus spread all over.
As L’Aquila has no airport so you can get down to Rome airport and reach L’Aquila by any of the available local transportation.
Although there are local buses, but it’s better to explore L’Aquila by walking because the place is small enough to be covered on foot only.
Major Tourist Attractions in L’ Aquila
√ The Spanish fort.- erected by the Spanish viceroy.
√ Saint Bernardino basilica.- Excellent example of fine renaissance façade.
√ The church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio: Fine Romanesque façade of simple design.
√ Fontana Luminosa: beautiful piece of artistry.
Surrounding mountains are the best places to go ahead for excursions. There are also many places to visit outside the main town that makes L’Aquila a remarkable excursion point and a tourist destination.
In L’Aquila you can easily found low budget restaurants serving your platter with traditional Italian dishes. Eateries like La Meta, La Matriciana and L'Antico Borgo offers delicious food with pleasant Italian ambience.
Small but beautiful, L’Aquila is a classic example of eternal mountainous beauty and historical extravagant. Holidaying in Italy and not visiting L’Aquila means you are missing something in your trip. So it’s better to add L’Aquila in your must visit destinations list and discover the beauty with historical edge.
466.9 Km2 (180.3 sq mi).
Climate and Weather
Cool place in comparison to other parts of the central Italy. The place remains cold throughout the year.
Best Time to Visit
Spring and early Autumn are the best time to make a trip to L’ Aquila.