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  • 1 Church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 2 Church of San Bernardino Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 3 Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. astello 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..

  • 4 Gran Sasso Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 67100 L'Aquila

    This is the highest massif in the Abruzzi and its main peak is Corno Grande (2 912m high). On the northern side, ridges with many gullies slope away gently, while on the southern face, Gran Sasso drops abruptly to great glacial plateaus edged by deep..

  • 5 Castello Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 6 Fontana delle 99 cannelle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. an Vito I - 67100 L'Aquila

    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.

  • 7 Abruzzo

    Nature and gardens

    I - 67100 L'Aquila

    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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