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L Aquila (L'Aquila) is a charming city and commune in Italy, located more exactly within the Province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region, being the capital of the province and the region at the same time. The history of L Aquila goes back to the medieval times, when it was laid out on a hill in the wide valley of the river Aterno. Ever since its founding, L Aquila has developed hugely. According to the 2009 census, L Aquila has a total population of 73,150 residents and spans on a total area of 180.3 square miles (466.9 sq km). L Aquila is both a developed cultural center and an important tourist spot.
Top Attractions within L Aquila
Forte Spagnolo, locally known as Il Castello, is a massive Spanish fortress dating back to 1534, when it was erected by the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo. This Renaissance castle is now home to the National Museum of Abruzzo (Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo), which puts on display numerous historical items and objects related to the history of the area.
Religious sites. As any Italian town, L Aquila features numerous important religious buildings. The most important ones are the 13th century Cathedral of San Massimo (Duomo), the Renaissance church of Saint Bernardino of Siena, and the church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
Fontana Luminosa (the Luminous Fountain) is one of the city's best known landmarks. The sculpture is of two women bearing large jars and it dates back to the 1930s. This is a popular gathering place for the people in L Aquila.
Ski resorts. L Aquila has a long running tradition in winter sports, as it is surrounded by 6 ski resorts: Campo Imperatore, Pescasseroli, Roccaraso, Campo Felice, Ovindoli, and Scanno. Skiing enthusiasts will definitely love it here.
Rocca Calascio is a mountaintop fortress located just a few miles away from L Aquila. It has an elevation of 4,790 ft (1,460 m), which makes it the highest fortress in the Apennines. Needles to say that the views from up here are simply spectacular.