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What to do and see in L’Aquila

L'Aquila

L’Aquila, capital of the province, following the terrible earthquake of 2009, it immediately began the work of securing and restoration of buildings and monuments, showing great willpower. The heart of the city is Piazza del Duomo, known as Market Square, where the distant 1303, held the city market. Among the must-visit places we mention the castle built in 1534 as a place of protection against the rebellion of the citizens, who, during the Spanish rule, intended to form an alliance with the French. The fountain of the “99 cannelle” is the real symbol of the city, designed by Tancredi From Pentima, in 1272, to remember all the castles from which the city was born and is a collection of 99 masks from which water flows. The Spanish fortress is one of the most characteristic buildings of the city, built in 1534. As religious buildings we highlight the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio and the Basilica of San Bernardino. In the rest of the province, pretty towns to visit are Castel di Sangro with the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta dating from the second half of the tenth century; Sulmona, birthplace of Latin poet Ovid, is where there are many monuments and works. The city is also famous for its sweets. And yet, Tagliacozzo and Scurcola Marsicana, places rich in history told that the rivalry between the Swabians and Angevins. Numerous remains of ancient pagan temples on which later were built monumental Benedictine of romanesque age, among which we point out the church of San Pietro di Alba Fucense, built on the ruins of a pagan temple; the church of Santa Maria in the valley of Porclaneta Rosciolo, the monumental complex of St. Mary and St. Peregrine Bominaco on the plateau of Navelli and the Cathedral of S. Pelino in Corfino.

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