The diamond of the Abruzzo plateau
Located along the banks of the Aterno-Pescara River, L’Aquila captivates visitors with its rich historical and architectural heritage.
Strolling through the historic centre, you will find yourself in the heart of a plateau on which the city stands. After exploring the two main streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Umberto I, which intersect perpendicularly and meet at Quattro Cantoni, you can visit Piazza del Duomo, also known as Piazza del Mercato. Here you will find L’Aquila Cathedral, with its beautiful neoclassical façade adorned with three coats of arms. Inside, you can admire the wide central nave, the two side aisles, the small wooden choir stalls and 15th-century paintings. The square is also home to the Church of Saint Mary of Suffrage, with its over-35-metres-high neoclassical dome and late-Baroque façade.
In the Rivera district, don’t miss the Fountain of the 99 Water Spouts. This number is considered the symbol of the city, which legend has it was created by the inhabitants of 99 castles. It is said that in L’Aquila there are 99 squares, 99 churches and 99 fountains.
If you happen to visit at the end of summer, don’t miss the world-renowned La Perdonanza Celestiniana, the most important historical-religious and social event in the area. The celebrations peak on 28th August, with the opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, known for its beautiful white and pink marble façade.