L’Aquila and its surroundings


Because of the tragic earthquake on 6 April 2009, you can no longer visit the picturesque alleys, squares, fountains, palaces and churches of this marvellous city. However you can still get an idea of its glorious past by admiring it from the outside:

  • Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio – exterior
  • Basilica of San Bernardino – exterior
  • Fountain of the 99 spouts
  • Bominaco and its churches

Rightly considered gems of early medieval art in Abruzzo: the church of S. Maria Assunta, one of the highest expressions of Abruzzo Romanesque, and the oratory of S. Pellegrino with its magnificent frescoes. It is not surprising that even a condottiere like Braccio da Montone refrained from pillaging this precious jewel in the early 15th century.

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Oratory of S.Pellegrino
  • Ancient Fortresses

Perspectives that take you back in time, along age-old pathways leading to fortresses protecting the valleys of the Tirino and the plain of Navelli… The movie industry has also discovered the remarkable beauty of these places, nominating the entire area “a film set par excellence”.

  • Village of Rocca Calascio and the Castle
  • Village of S. Stefano di Sessanio
  • Capestrano

Announced by its mighty castle standing out among the hills, the village watches over the road that goes from the Tirino valley to the plain of Navelli. But the true masterpiece of medieval religious architecture is the Romanesque church of S. Pietro ad Oratorium, immersed in an oasis of peace surrounded by greenery.

  • Abbey of San Pietro ad Oratorium
  • Piccolomini Castle
  • Alba Fucens

History comes to life between the Cardo Maximus and the Via Valeria in the magnificent monumental centre of one of the most ancient Latin colonies: Alba Fucens, a jewel of our glorious past set in the Plain of the Fucino.

  • Basilica, Macellum, Tabernae
  • Baths, Sanctuary of Hercules, Amphitheatre
  • Romanesque church of San Pietro
  • Rocca di Cambio

Situated at a height of 1434 metres above sea level, it is the highest municipality in the Apennines. The view of the mountains, the clear, crisp air, the boundless view over the plateau are only some of its attractions. The village is also worth touring for its history, its monuments, its traditions and for the unmistakable taste of its cuisine.

  • Abbey of Santa Lucia
  • Collegiate Church of San Pietro
  • Mother Church of S. Maria or of the Annunziata
  • The fountains

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