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Santo Stefano di Sessanio, before the 2009 earthquake was as good a portrayal of medieval domestic and civic architecture as you are likely to see in Europe. La Torre Medicea, a medieval lookout tower with an exceptionally narrow road past it, has been completely obliterated. However this section of an article from a Guardian newspaper of the time suggests that there is still a significant amount to be seen.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio, high in the Abruzzi Apennines, is only 10 miles from the epicentre of the earthquake, and yet survived nearly unscathed. Hotelier Daniele Kihlgren said: "The restoration we did was very conservative, which is probably why we survived. Most of the buildings destroyed in the earthquake today were modern and concrete. It is perhaps a testament to the 'real Italy'."
It is difficult to select specific sights. Just wander round the village and marvel at the old buildings. There is a lake just outside the vilage if you want a short stroll.
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Several a day from L'Áquila.
Ostella Del Cavaliere - just outside the wall - excellent.
|Residence Villa Valsi||Via D'Annunzio, 17||Guesthouse||-|
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Residenza la Torre - a number of apartments that can be taken by the night or longer. Very friendly and helpful.
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.
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 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.
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