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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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  • 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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  • Castle of L'Aquila Interesting

    I - 67100 L'Aquila

    Built by Pirro Luigi Escribà (who also designed Castel Sant'Elmo in Naples), this is a square castle reinforced with powerful bastions, which today houses the national museum of the Abruzzo. Closed in the wake of the damage caused by the 2009 earthqu..

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Hotels L'Aquila

  • Hotel Porta Rivera

    Piazzale Caduti 8 dicembre 1943 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    Located just opposite Aquila Train Station, Porta Rivera Hotel features en suite rooms with flat-screen TV. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and free parking is also available. Rooms at the Porta Rivera come with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Ski and b..

  • Hotel Federico II

    Via Strinella 6 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    The Hotel Federico II is centrally located in L’Aquila and offers free parking and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Its restaurant specialises in meat recipes, local wines and homemade desserts. Rooms have an elegant style and come with a balcony, wooden..

  • Hotel San Michele Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Dei Giardini 6 I - 67100 LʼAquila

    Prix Prices from : 50 €

    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..

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Restaurants L'Aquila

  • 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 Very comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

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

    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..

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

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

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