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L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of L’Aquila’s historic center. Although the city suffered severe damage from the earthquake of 2009 you’ll still see the splendor of the Baroque and Renaissance architecture of this ancient city built on a hill. On this 3-hour tour you’ll learn about the mysterious foundations of the town, with a mix of history and legend, Knights Templar, and figures such as Frederick II and Pope Celestino V. Start out at the mysterious Fountain of the 99 Spouts, and then head to the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Reach the highest point in L’Aquila at the Spanish Fort, and stop to admire the views. From the Fort you’ll continue walking through the Piazza Palazzo, Piazza Duomo, and to the Basilica di San Bernardino.

Abruzzo: Ladyhawke Day Tour with a Local Guide

2. Abruzzo: Ladyhawke Day Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Abruzzo and discover its popular historical sites with the help of a local guide. Experience the film "Ladyhawke" as you visit the movie's filming locations, too. After meeting your guide, embark on a journey to the National Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga mountains through the ancient route of Tratturo Magno. Arrive at Campo Imperatore, known for its moon-like landscape. Reach the top on admire the view at 2000 meters above sea level. Take a photo of the place in which Mussolini was imprisoned during the Second World War. Have lunch in a hut in the middle of nowhere where you can buy arrosticini (sheep) and cook it yourself on the outdoor grill. Afterward, head over to the Castle of Rocca Calascio, which dates back to the year 1380 and is also one of the shooting locations for the movie "Ladyhawke." Next, stop in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most beautiful Medici-owned villages in Italy. Explore the village and see the traditional arts and crafts shops where you can buy authentic Italian products. Shop for saffron from L'Aquila, the red gold, local lentils, and traditional cheese, honey, and jam. Once you're done exploring, your guide will take you back to your preferred drop-off point.

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Discovery of L'Aquila with guide Carla

We were curious about the state of L'Aquila 10 years after the earthquake. Some churches and palazzi have already been rebuilt, just beautiful! But there is also the other side. Many buildings are still in the scaffolding and there is a lot of activity. Then you have to know where you can walk safely and you do need a guide for that. Carla is a passionate storyteller, has been guiding in this city for 30 years, and knows better than anyone how in one night the city changed from a rich shopping city to a total ruin, and how she is now slowly starting to live again. A fascinating story. I would recommend it to everyone. We only booked 2 days before and everything went smoothly.

We enjoyed the tour of L'Aquila and learned a lot of new information. Vanessa, our guide, always captivated us with her stories and patiently answered all our questions.

Vanessa did this very well and lively. Great city.