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

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Activity provider: Abruzzo Experience

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

Activity provider: Abruzzo Experience

From US$ 130.43 per group up to 10

Discover the splendor of L’Aquila with its legends and mysteries. Take a 3-hour walking tour of its center and marvel at the 13th-century monuments of this second city of the Kingdom of Naples.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
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  • Marvel at the splendor of this ancient city, hit by the powerful earthquake of 2009
  • See the Spanish Fort, the highest point in L’Aquila
  • Visit the remanesque Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio full of symbols
  • Admire the baroque Basilica di San Bernardino with its golden ceiling
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Enjoy a guided walking tour of L’Aquila’s historic center. You’ll still see the splendor of the medieval houses together with Baroque and Renaissance architecture of this ancient town built on a valley sorrounded by mountains. 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 from the romanesque Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio and reach the highest point in L’Aquila at the Spanish Fort to admire the view after visiting the baroque Basilica di San Bernardino. From the Fort you’ll continue walking till Piazza Palazzo through cobbled roads and beautiful hidden places of the city center. the tour finished wuth a local nought tasting in the most ancient cafè in town.
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  • Noughat tasting

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    In front of the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio

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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.

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    July 27, 2019

    Vanessa did this very well and lively. Great city.

    June 18, 2021

    Product ID: 26375