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L'Aquila is one the most beautiful cities in Italy, and has been for hundreds of years, despite its many trials. The most recent devastating event was an earthquake in 2009 that partially destroyed the city; in a twist, this same devastation brought L'Aquila to the international spotlight more than its historical value ever did. The rebuilding of the art district is very difficult, due to the specifics and artistic characteristic of each building, and as a result it is likely to be quite a long time before the city comes back to its original splendor. At the moment, access to the historical areas is limited and for the most part entirely restricted. However, L'Aquila has suffered other earthquakes in the past and it was even completely destroyed during a war in 1257, yet somehow, it has always managed to return more beautiful than before.
Castello Boncompagni is the ducal castle on the beautiful Isola del Liri. The palace is an ancient fortified castle full of history and located close to the island’s old town, where the two branches of the Liri River form the island mass. Two beautiful waterfalls, Valcatoio and the Great Falls, complete the gorgeous picture, which would charm any visitor.
The castle has been important to the region ever since it had been built in the 12th century. The beautiful architecture of the castle, as well as its historical importance as a fortified residence, makes Castello Boncompagni one of the most important castles in Italy.
The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is one of the largest and most important parks in Italy. Founded in 1923 the park is often known as the National Park of Abruzzo, mostly because most of the land is part of the Abruzzo region. The headquarters of the park is located in Pescasseroli in the L'Aquila province.
While many areas of Italy have changed significantly over time Abruzzo remains largely the same. Abruzzo, which is also known as Abruzzi, is located in south central Italy between the central Apennines and the Adriatic coast. The vaguely rectangular shaped region covers 10,794km² and is bordered by Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Molise, and the Adriatic Sea. With a population of only 1.3 million Abruzzo is one of the least populated regions in Italy.