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L'Aquila Interesting : Michelin's recommendations

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L'Aquila lies at the foot of the Gran Sasso. According to legend, the city was founded in the 13C when inhabitants from 99 castles decided to form a single town, in which each castle had a church, square and fountain. By the 15C, L'Aquila had become the second most important city in the kingdom of Naples, thanks to the cultivation of saffron or “red gold”, which was grown on the Navelli plateau and sold throughout Europe. Many of the city’s monuments date from this time. This extremely rich artistic and historical city was seriously damaged during an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude on 6 April 2009 with tragic consequences.

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Tourist attractions L'Aquila : Things to see and do

  • Church of San Bernardino Recommended Recommended

    I - 67100 L'Aquila

    This magnificent church is striking for its lavish façade completed in 1527 by Cola dell'Amatrice. Inside, beneath a lovely wooden Baroque ceiling is the elegant tomb of Maria Pereira and the mausoleum of San Bernardino adorned with figures by the lo..

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  • Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo Recommended Recommended

    v. Castello I - 67100 L'Aquila

    On display here visitors can see a fossil of a mammoth, Roman relics (including the calendar of Amiternum), a section devoted to religious art (the museum's highlight), a gallery of Abruzzo School pictures (15C-18C) and a contemporary art section, ma..

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  • This is the most celebrated basilica in the Abruzzi (closed in the wake of the damage caused by the 2009 earthquake), begun in 1287 on the orders of Pietro da Morone, who became Pope Celestine V in 1294. The huge façade with rectilinear embellishment..

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Hotels L'Aquila

  • Hotel San Michele

    Via Dei Giardini 6 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    Offering elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and dark parquet floors, Hotel San Michele is located in the centre of L'Aquila, just off Corso Federico II road. The bar is open 7 days a week. Each room offers stylish furniture, and a plasma-screen TV with n..

  • Porta Rivera Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Piazzale Caduti 8 dicembre 1943 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    Prix Prices from : 40 €

    Located just opposite Aquila Train Station, Porta Riviera Hostel features simple, en-suite accommodation with mountain views. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and a bar is also available. Wooden furnished rooms at the Porta Riviera come with an LCD TV and ..

  • Hotel 99 Cannelle

    Via Borgo Rivera 21/23 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    Set in front of L'Aquila's impressive Fontana delle 99 Cannelle fountain, this hotel offers a restaurant, bar and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. L'Aquila's historic centre is a 10-minute walk away. Rooms at Hotel 99 Cannelle have contemporar..

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Restaurants L'Aquila

  • Magione Papale Very comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    via Porta Napoli 67/I I - 67100 L'Aquila

    Despite the non-Italian name of its chef (William), this restaurant focuses on regional cuisine made from the best local produce. Highly creative dishes, beautiful preparation and an almost obsessive attention to culinary detail.

  • Elodia Very comfortable restaurant 

    via Valle Perchiana I - 67010 Camarda

    Situated on the first floor of the hotel of the same name, Elodia provides an ideal gourmet introduction to the typical produce of the Abruzzi (saffron, lamb, vegetables etc). Carefully prepared, elegant dishes are served.

  • Magione Papale Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    via Porta Napoli 67/I I - 67100 L'Aquila

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