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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting city of L’Aquila: – L’Aquila is a historic and picturesque city in the heart of the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It is the capital of both the region and the province of L’Aquila and has a population of about 70,000 inhabitants. L’Aquila is located on a hill above the Aterno River, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Apennine Mountains, including the Gran Sasso d’Italia, the highest mountain in mainland Italy. L’Aquila has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, dating back to the ancient Sabini tribe, who settled in the area after their town Amiternum was destroyed by the Romans and later by the barbarians. The city was founded in the 13th century by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who wanted to create a stronghold against the papal power. L’Aquila became an important centre of trade, art, and learning in the Middle Ages, and was ruled by various dynasties and lords, such as the Angevins, the Aragonese, and the Camponeschi. L’Aquila also played a role in the resistance to the French invasion of 1798–99 and in the unification of Italy in 1860. L’Aquila suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, the most recent and devastating one in 2009, which killed more than 275 people and damaged many of its medieval buildings. However, the city has been gradually recovering and restoring its architectural and artistic treasures, such as the castle, the cathedral, the churches of San Bernardino and Santa Maria di Collemaggio, and the museums of archaeology, art, and ethnography. L’Aquila is also a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers, who can enjoy the scenic beauty of the nearby Gran Sasso National Park, the largest protected area in Italy, and the ski resorts of Roccaraso and Scanno. L’Aquila is a city of charm, culture, and resilience, that offers a unique experience to its visitors.
Via Pescara is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Via Castello to Viale Antonio Panella (Photos 1-2) – Via Castello is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Via Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via Pescara (Photo 3) – Parco del Castello is a public garden in the city of L’Aquila, Italy. It is in the historic centre of the city, on the hill where the Forte Spagnolo (Spanish Fort) stands. The park is accessible from Piazzale Battaglione degli Alpini (where the Fontana Luminosa, a fountain with light effects, is located) and from other entrances from the streets that surround it: Viale Gran Sasso, Viale Malta, Via Castello and Viale Tagliacozzo. The park was created around 1934-38 on the area of the former cattle market, where the weekly animal market took place. During the 20th century, the area was transformed into a park with reforestation, pedestrian paths, and the renovation of the square that connects the fort with Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where the Fontana Luminosa by Nicola D’Antino (1934) and the two twin buildings of the Combattente and Leone, at the entrance of the Corso, are located. (Photos 4-5-6-7) – The Forte Spagnolo, also known as the Castello Cinquecentesco, is a Renaissance castle in L’Aquila, Italy. It was built between 1534 and 1567 by the Spanish rulers of the Kingdom of Naples, who wanted to have a strong military presence and control over the rebellious city. The castle was designed by the architects Pedro Luis Escrivà and Gian Girolamo Escribà, who used innovative techniques of defensive construction, such as slanted walls, anti-mine corridors, and bastions with self-sufficient environments. The castle was never used for war purposes, but it served as a residence for the Spanish governor, a barracks for the French and Nazi troops, and a monument of national importance. Since 1951, it has been the seat of the National Museum of Abruzzo, which hosts exhibitions and cultural events. The castle was damaged by the earthquake of 2009, and it is currently undergoing restoration works. (Photos 4-5-6) – Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini is a square in the city of L’Aquila, which is the historical centre of the city, near the Fontana Luminosa, a fountain that was built in 1934 and is decorated with lights at night. The square is named after the Alpine Battalion, a military unit that fought in World War I and World War II. The square is also home to an Info Point, where visitors can get information about the city’s attractions, events, transportation, and services. (Photos 8-9) – Piazza Regina Margherita is a square in the city of L’Aquila, which is in the historical centre of the city, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the quarter of Santa Maria. The square is named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, the first queen of Italy and the wife of King Umberto. The square is characterized by the presence of the Fountain of Neptune, a baroque fountain that was built in 1646 and features a statue of the god of the sea surrounded by four tritons. (Photos 10-11-12) – Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini to Piazza Duomo. (Photos 13-15-16-17-18) – Via Navelli, is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Via Paganica. (Photo 14) – Piazza Nove Martiri is a small and secluded square in the city of L’Aquila. It is hidden from the main streets and can be accessed by narrow alleys. The square is named after nine young men from L’Aquila who were killed by the Nazis in 1943, when they tried to join the partisan resistance in the mountains. The square has a circular fountain in the centre, with a bronze statue of a naked girl holding a water lily. The statue was made by Nicola d’Antino, a local sculptor, in 1929. The square is surrounded by old buildings, some of which were damaged by the earthquake that hit the city in 2009. (Photos 19-20)
Piazza Duomo is a beautiful and historic square in the city of L’Aquila. It is in the heart of the city, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and has been the social and commercial centre of the city since its foundation in the 13th century. The square is named after the Duomo, the cathedral of Saints Maximus and George, which was built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 19th century after being destroyed by an earthquake. The cathedral is currently closed due to the damage caused by another earthquake in 2009. The square also features the Church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, also known as the Church of the Holy Souls, which was built in the 18th century and has a concave baroque façade and a dome that collapsed and was restored after the 2009 earthquake. The square is also home to two twin fountains, called the Old Fountain, which date back to the 14th century and were decorated with bronze statues by the local sculptor Nicola d’Antino in the 1930s. The square is a lively and charming place, where you can enjoy the architecture, the culture, and the atmosphere of L’Aquila. You can also find many cafes, restaurants, and ice cream shops, where you can taste the local cuisine and specialties. (Photos 24-25-26-27-28-29-30-31) – Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini to Piazza Duomo. (Photo 32) – Via Fortebraccio is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Via S. Crisante to Viale Giacomo Caldora. (Photo 33) – Via S. Bernardino is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Corso Principe Umberto to Via Panfilo Tedeschi. (Photos 34-35) – Via Paganica is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Via Andrea Bafile to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. (Photo 36) – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Via Porcinari. (Photos 37-38-39) – Piazza San Silvestro is a square located in the historic centre of L’Aquila. The square is home to the Chiesa di San Silvestro. (Photo 40) – The Chiesa di San Silvestro is a historic church located in the Piazza San Silvestro, in the city of L’Aquila, Italy. It was built in the 13th century by the inhabitants of the castle of Collebrincioni, who contributed to the foundation of the city. It is characterized by the remains of an important cycle of frescoes by the Master of Beffi. Between the 15th and 16th centuries, it was influenced by the Branconio family, who enriched it with works by Francesco da Montereale, Raphael, and Giulio Cesare Bedeschini. In 1902, it was included in the list of national monumental buildings. (Photos 41-42) – Viale Duca degli Abruzzi is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII to Viale Nizza. (Photo 43) – Viale Nizza is a street in L’Aquila which runs from Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini to Piazza Giulio Natali. (Photo 44)
L’Aquila Cusine: – L’Aquila is a city in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, known for its cuisine that draws on pastoral, mountain, and coastal influences. Some of the special dishes of L’Aquila are: – Saffron of L’Aquila: – this is a high-quality spice cultivated in the plains of Navelli and L’Aquila, used to flavour and colour various dishes, such as risotto, pasta, cakes, and liqueurs. It is also valued for its medicinal properties and was introduced to the region by a Dominican monk in the 13th century. – Sauce all’aquilana: – this is a rich sauce made with beef marrow, saffron, eggs, cream, and butter, usually served with pasta or polenta. – Arrosticini: – these are skewers of lamb or mutton meat, seasoned with salt and cooked over charcoal. They are a popular street food and often accompanied by bread and wine. -Scrippelle ‘mbusse: – these are thin crepes filled with grated pecorino cheese and rolled up, then soaked in hot chicken broth. They are a typical dish for Christmas and Carnival. – Maccheroni alla chitarra: – this is a type of fresh pasta cut into thin strips using a wooden frame with metal wires, resembling a guitar. The pasta is usually dressed with a tomato-based sauce with meatballs, lamb, or pork. – Pizzelle: – these are thin wafers made with eggs, flour, sugar, and anise, cooked in a special iron mold. They can be eaten plain, dusted with powdered sugar, or filled with cream or chocolate.
Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Via Pescara to Piazza Nove Martiri
Approximately 1.62 km – 1.00 miles
The walk starts in Via Pescara – Via Castello – Parco del Castello – Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini – Piazza Regina Margherita – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Via Navelli – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Piazza Nove Martiri
Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Sallustio to Viale Nizza
Approximately 1.97 km – 1.22 miles
The walk starts in Via Sallustio – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Piazza Duomo – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Via S. Bernardino – Via Fortebraccio – Via S. Bernardino – Walk back along Via S. Bernardino to Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Paganica – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza S. Silvestro – Chiesa di San Silvestro,Piazza S. Silvestro – Via Porcinari – Viale Duca degli Abruzzi – Viale Nizza