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L'Aquila degli Abruzzi

(lä`kwēlä dā`lyē äbro͞ot`tsē), city (1991 pop. 66,813), capital of L'Aquila prov. and of AbruzziAbruzzi
, region (1991 pop. 1,249,054), 4,167 sq mi (10,793 sq km), central Italy, bordering on the Adriatic Sea in the east. L'Aquila is the capital of the region, which is divided into Chieti, L'Aquila, Pescara, and Teramo provs. (named for their capitals).
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, central Italy, on the Pescara River. It is an agricultural and industrial center, and a summer resort. Manufactures include construction equipment, furniture, copper goods, glass, apparel, and pasta. L'Aquila is situated at the foot of the Gran Sasso d'Italia mountain group and is a popular base for mountain climbing.

Built around a castle (13th–16th cent.), it rose to importance in the 13th cent. and later became the second city of the kingdom of Naples. However, the city's influence declined during the wars of the 16th cent. Despite several devastating earthquakes and destructive air raids during World War II, L'Aquila has retained its medieval fortifications and a number of impressive old buildings, including St. Bernardino's Basilica (15th–16th cent.). The city again suffered significant widespread damage during an Apr., 2009, earthquake. There is a university in the city.

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L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, was near the epicentre about 70 miles north-east of Rome in a quake-prone region that had felt at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April.
Berlusconi decided later that month to change the summit venue to L'Aquila from the Sardinian resort island of La Maddalena as part of efforts to provide a quick economic and morale boost to the city.
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Martin Peagam, chairman of the supporters club, said: "Many of us travelled to Italy for the match with L'Aquila.
Earlier, at a university dorm in L'Aquila, cheers went up as cave explorers dug out student Marta Valente, 24.
Aerial footage showed the scale of the destruction among L'Aquila's Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural treasures.
Italian news agencies say the young woman was conscious and speaking to firefighters throughout the rescue operation at a building in L'Aquila's historic centre.
I feel physically and mentally tired from the lack of sleep and the fear," said Ilaria Ciani, 35, who spent the night in a large blue tent at a survivors camp in a sports field near L'Aquila.
It destroyed 15,000 buildings around the city of L'Aquila, which has a population of 70,000 and sits about 60 miles north-east of Rome, in the Apennine Mountains.
Firefighters aided by dogs were trying to rescue people from crumbled homes, including a student dormitory in the city of L'Aquila where half a dozen students remained trapped.
Italian authorities fear thousands of people could be left homeless after the 6.3-magnitude quake struck at around 2.30am UK time near L'Aquila, 60 miles north east of Rome.
Another four children died in a hospital in the Abruzzo capital L'Aquila, ANSA reported.

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