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L' Aquila Province

A province of the Abruzzo: 5,034 square kilometers. 2003 population: 298,000. Capital: L' Aquila.

[image ALT: Seen from a dozen meters above it, a small church with a belfry, a semi-attached house and their vegetable garden. It is a view of an unidentified church in L' Aquila, in the Abruzzo (central Italy).]

One of the humbler churches on the outskirts of L' Aquila, the capital city.

The autonomous region of Abruzzo (also: the Abruzzi) is divided into 4 provinces, three of which are coastal. The coastless province of L' Aquila to the west includes the region's highest mountains.


[image ALT: A medieval fountain in L'Aquila (Abruzzo, central Italy).]

[ 4/7/09: 2 pages, 15 photos, further links ]

The provincial capital of L'Aquila is, for Italy, quite cold in the winter; but in the summer, when so much of the country is scorching, it's a wonderful refuge, in which I once spent a day. Among the sights are a powerful 14c citadel; the very beautiful pilgrimage church of S. Maria di Collemaggio, where Pope Celestine II is buried; and the rather extravagant 99-spouted medieval fountain of which you see a bit here.


[image ALT: A photograph of two men standing at the ede of a small segment of Roman road in a valley with some low hills in the background. It is George Pfeiffer and Thomas Ashby visiting Carsioli in the Abruzzo in 1905.]

[ 4 pages, 4 engravings, 24 photos, 4 maps ]

Roman Remains at Carsioli: not a first-hand resource of my own, but the two gentlemen on the left visited the site in the early 20c. George Pfeiffer and Thomas Ashby's report, published in 1905 in the Supplementary Papers of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, is the first detailed modern article on the old Roman town.

— but other than my day in the capital city, I don't know the Abruzzo at all: you will therefore find yourself using offsite resources.


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