Things to see and do - L'Aquila
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L'Aquila Travel guide
L'Aquila : Michelin's recommendations
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.
Tourist attractions L'Aquila : Things to see and do
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..
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..
I - 67100 L'Aquila
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..
Via Simonetto 5A I - 67100 LʼAquila
Prix Prices from : 80 €
Hotel Centrale is housed in a renovated 18th-century building in the historic centre of L'Aquila. Each room is decorated with designer furniture and offers free WiFi. The Cathedral is 500 metres away. The rooms feature wrought-iron beds, chestnut or..
P.zza Battaglione Alpini I - 67100 LʼAquila
Centrally located in L’Aquila, Hotel Castello is right opposite the Parco del Castello Park. This hotel offers modern interiors and rooms with an LCD satellite TV. The L’Aquila University is 100 metres away. The breakfast buffet includes homemade ca..
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..
via Porta Napoli 67/I I - 67100 L'Aquila
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.
via Porta Napoli 67/I I - 67100
The only non-local element in this restaurant is the name of the chef (William) who is nonetheless from the area. He delights in using the best local produce in his imaginative dishes that are cooked with an almost obsessive attention to detail. Dinn..