L'Aquila (/ˈlækwɪlə/ LAK-wil-ə,[3][4] Italian: [ˈlaːkwila] (listen)) is a city and comune in central Italy. It is the capital city of both the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila. As of 2013, it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. Laid out within medieval walls on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river, it is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d'Italia to the north-east.

Comune dell'Aquila
Piazza Duomo
Location of L'Aquila
Location of L'Aquila in Italy
L'Aquila (Abruzzo)
Coordinates: 42°21′N 13°24′E
ProvinceL'Aquila (AQ)
Frazionisee list
  MayorPierluigi Biondi (FDI)
  Total473.91 km2 (182.98 sq mi)
714 m (2,343 ft)
 (December 31, 2013)[2]
  Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0862
Patron saintSt. Maximus, St. Equitius, St. Peter Celestine, St. Bernardino of Siena
Saint dayJune 10
WebsiteOfficial website

L'Aquila sits upon a hillside in the middle of a narrow valley; tall snow-capped mountains of the Gran Sasso massif flank the town. A maze of narrow streets, lined with Baroque and Renaissance buildings and churches, open onto elegant piazzas. Home to the University of L'Aquila, it is a lively college town and, as such, has many cultural institutions: a repertory theatre, a symphony orchestra, a fine-arts academy, a state conservatory, a film institute. There are several ski resorts in the surrounding province (Campo Imperatore, Ovindoli, Pescasseroli, Roccaraso, Scanno).

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