L’Aquila is a beautiful city in the Abruzzo region. It is also a famous university center and has become very famous for the earthquake that recently destroyed many parts of the city.
The mountains that surround it make it one of the coldest cities in Italy, and perhaps it is better not to visit it in winter unless you like the cold.
There are still many roads closed due to the earthquake and the city is gradually being reconstructed and you can visit it in its beauty.
Walking in the city center of L’Aquila is in any season very nice, in the summer it will be rather cold and in the winter the atmosphere during Christmas is great.
If you are ready to discover the best places to visit in L’Aquila and the best food to eat you are in the right place.
We can begin our tour of L’Aquila from the Basilica of Collemaggio and Parco del Sole, which is famous for its façade, the greatest example of Abruzzese art, it has been remodeled for centuries with modifications and decorations.
The Fontana Delle 99 Cannelle is one of the most famous places in L’Aquila. Located in one of the oldest in the historic center, the fountain is made up of 93 stone masks and 6 “faceless” spouts, from which water always comes out.
The Forte Spagnolo e Auditorium Renzo Piano is one of the newest and most visited architectures in the city, a lot of people are visiting this place and you can visit it too.
Basilica of San Bernardino is one of the most important churches of L’Aquila and you should have a visit as well.
The Luminous Fountain Located in the center of the Piazza Battaglione Alpini, the fountain looks like a basin in which two bronze female nudes stand out, it is also very appreciated for the panorama that can be enjoyed from here, towards Gran Sasso.
The Grotte Di Stiffe is located at the point where the river, after an underground section, returns to the outside. They are one of the greatest examples of erosion and corrosion due to water, which has created spectacular colors in these caves.
The surroundings of L’Aquila are awesome and full of nature, for instance, you can go visit the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso.
Hiking in this paradise is absolutely amazing and you should spend some time visiting this national park as well if you are in the area.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
The food in L’Aquila like many other places in Italy is awesome, there are a few dishes from the region Abruzzo that you don’t want to miss.
Here we are going to talk about the Arrosticini which are skewers made with castrated sheep meat, or lamb, cut in chunks.
They taste completely different from the meat that you are used to eating and you will be able to find them only in Abruzzo and nowhere else in Italy.
If you never tried the Arrosticini you should definitely do it as soon as possible and in Abruzzo, you will find them in many places.
There are also many other dishes worth your time and you should be willing to try them all during your trip to this awesome region.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
L’Aquila is one of the coldest cities in Italy, the nearby mountains are awesome to look but cold if you are going to explore this place.
The city was destroyed from the earthquake not so long ago and is trying to stand up again now and it is interesting to visit this place.
There are a lot of things that you can discover by walking in the city center, there are a lot of nice buildings and even modern architecture.
If you are going to spend some time in L’aquila you need to try the Arrosticini which is one of the most popular dishes of the region Abruzzo that you will find only there.
I hope that you have some interest in visiting this city now and that you want to have a look around as well. You can ask for info about the events in town to the tourist office that is located in the city center’s main square.
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