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L'Áquila

Travel Guide Europe Italy Abruzzo L'Áquila Province L'Áquila

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Introduction

Collemaggio Church, L'Áquila

Collemaggio Church, L'Áquila

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L'Áquila, a beautiful hilltop town in L'Áquila Province in Abruzzo was near the epicentre of a bad earthquake in April 2009. Hence many of its former sights will now be ruined. However Spain has undertaken the cost of restoring the old castle, which was indeed Spanish and built to keep the local population in a state of suppression - so that hopefully, if finance is forthcoming for other restoration, this page can represent the future as well as the past. Otherwise it can serve as a memorial of the beauty that was in L'Áquila.

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Getting There

By Plane

Gran Sasso range from L'Áquila

Gran Sasso range from L'Áquila

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By Train

There is a minor line through the city from Rieti in Latium to Sulmona and eventually to Naples. The nearest station with a main line to Rome is Avezzano, a town flattened by a previous earthquake and hence of little interest to visitors.

By Bus

There are regular buses from Rome, Avezzano and Pescara.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

A good bus service exists to most places in the L'Áquila province, though there is a limited number of buses per day to smaller villages.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Gransasso B&BVia CamardaGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.3506978
  • Longitude: 13.3999338

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