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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..

  • 2 Church of San Bernardino Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 3 Castle of L'Aquila Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 4 Fontana delle 99 cannelle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza San Vito

    Made of pink and white stone in a trapezoidal form, this imposing fountain, which was begun in 1272 commemorates the legend of the 99 castles which made up L'Aquila and is adorned with 99 gargoyles, each different from the other.

  • 5 Abruzzo

    Nature and gardens

    Severely affected by the April 2009 earthquake, this harsh, wild region of nearly 10 800km2 is noted both for its immensity and for the diversity of its scenery. Karst formations, forests, desolate plateaus and fertile pastures all feature in its fou..

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