Top 10 Things to do in Avezzano, Italy

November 14, 2017 Jana Sager

Avezzano  listen (help·info) (Italian pronunciation: [avetˈtsaːno] or [avedˈdzaːno]) is a city and comune with a population of about 42,500 inhabitants, situated in the Abruzzo region, province of L'Aquila. It is the second most populous municipality in the province and the sixth in the region. Documented as an existing urban center in the ninth century. The city was destroyed by the earthquake of 1915. It was rebuilt after the 1944 Allied bombing. The city was decorated with the silver medal for civil merit, an award granted by the Italian Republic.
Restaurants in Avezzano

1. Santuario della Madonna di Pietraquaria

Via Pietracquaria 1, 67051, Avezzano, Italy +39 0863 444132
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Santuario della Madonna di Pietraquaria

Reviewed By Davide M

If it happens to you to be in Avezzano, you can't avoid taking a walk up on Mount Salviano! The walk takes about an hour from the bottom to the top, but it's a very involving experience. While ypu are walking, you see the whole Fucino Highland in front of you with its squared fields, then the Mountains that surround it and the sky that seems so close to be touched.
If this is not enough for you, you could enjoy the gentle breeze that blows between the woods of the mountain as well as the squirrels that walk around the place.
On the top on the mountain, ypu can find the modern Sanctuary of the Virgo Pietraquariae, the holy patron of Avezzano. The sanctuary is new because the old building was destroyed by the earthquake in 1915, but inside you can find the old picture of the Virgin, that is still a wonderful thing to see.

2. Area Archeologica di Alba Fucens

Alba Fucens, 67050, Massa D'Albe, Italy +39 0863 449642
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Area Archeologica di Alba Fucens

Reviewed By Robert M - Rome, Italy

In the middle of Italy and the Abruzzo lies an Roman city surrounded by the Apennines Mountains This is a very good example of a complete town that includes all of the "modern comforts" including public toilets.

3. Castello Piccolomini

Via del Castello, 67043 Celano, Italy +39 0863 792922
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Castello Piccolomini

Reviewed By Caroline S - London, United Kingdom

This castle is one of the largest in the Abruzzi and we've seen it from the motorway and wanted to visit it for ages. It has been extensively restored after the earthquake of 1915, as photos in the main courtyard show. Walking along the walls and looking at the town it was interesting to see just how little of the centro storico there is. Inside the castle are two Exhibitions - one, rather small although well set out, is of archaeological remains from the area, the other is of sacred art - which although not really our thing, is also well curated - with the first few rooms at least in English as well as Italian. When we visited there were also items which I believe had been rescued from L'Aquila after the 2009 earthquake. This was excellent value for money and well worth it.

4. Chiesa di Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta

Via Santa Maria in Valle | Località Rosciolo, 67062 Magliano de' Marsi, Italy +39 366 590 2125
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5 based on 59 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta

Reviewed By Barbara W - Cedar Key, Florida

We visited this beautiful, peaceful site with Costanza, a lovely lady of 88 who keeps the keys. It is a short drive from Rosciolo and she guided us there in our car. The Abbey is very small as befits it's rural setting, but has been miraculously preserved intact. With an altar, rood screen and pulpit sculpted in warm pinkish yellow stone, and large intact frescos dating to the 11th and 12th centuries, it would be mobbed with tourists if it were in Rome or Florence and we met only one other couple during an hour there. An ancient stone gateway marks where pilgrims and crusaders arrived from far away countries on the road to the Holy Land. This tiny former Benedictine Monastery with surrounding fields owned by the church still welcomes pilgrims in a small refuge with a loft dormitory.

5. Santuario della Madonna della Vittoria

Piazza Della Chiesa, Scurcola Marsicana, Italy +39 0863 562333
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Santuario della Madonna della Vittoria

Reviewed By ConAnticoGusto - Avezzano, Italy

Just few minutes away from the city center of the small town of Avezzano you'll meet Madonna di Pietraquaria, a sanctuary from the middle age, built on the top of the same name's mountain. Here you can hiking or walking during the week in the 4.5 miles of regular street or you could also walk in the nature by walking the shadow mud path in the top of the mountain or try to find yourself along the via crucis.. (Gesus Christ religious stones path). Anyway at the top of the mountain you will meet the Church visited by Giovanni Paolo II in 1985..
Good place..

6. Monte Velino

Via Santa Maria in Valle, 67051, Avezzano, Italy
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Monte Velino

Enjoy a wondrerful walk on one of the highest Mountains in the inner Abruzzi! In the clearest days, from the top of the mountain, you'll be able to see both the Tirrenian and Adriatic Sea!

Reviewed By Davide M

Mount Velino is the third highest peak in the Appennini, so if you have the chance, you should climb it to its top.
There are many ways to reach the top, from the hardest climbing path to the easy walks, you just have to choose and start walking.
The climbing on the easiest paths takes about 5 hours to be on top and 4 to go back to your cars, but the experience worths the time! The paths will take you among rock and woods, and also to some mountain Springs were you'll be able to drink some very fresh water. There is also a shelter at midway where you can have some rest and eat the food you brought.
The climbing to the top will give you the chance to embrace with your sight almost all the Abruzzi region, and if the day is particularly clear, you could also see the Adriatic Sea on your left and St. Peter's Church in Rome on your right!

7. Chiesa di San Pietro in Albe

Area Archeologica di Alba Fucens, 67050, Massa D'Albe, Italy +39 0863 519144
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Chiesa di San Pietro in Albe

Reviewed By Riccardo_De_Martini - Roma, Italia

La chiesa di San Pietro rappresenta la perla del sito archelogico di Alba Fucens. Su di un colle panoramico, edificata sul sito di un antico tempio romano, del quale sono stati riutilizzati strutture e elementi architettonici, la chiesa è stata nel tempo arricchita con opere cosmatesche di pregevole fattura. Crollata quasi interamente a causa del terremoto di Avezzano del 1915, è risorta grazie a un pregevole lavoro di ricostruzione. Se è chiusa, è possibile chiedere al paesino di chiamare il custode con le chiavi. Assolutamente da non perdere. Al suo fianco un decadente edificio ed ex convento è stato in parte restaurato per essere adibito ad antiquarium del sito archeologico.

8. Castello Orsini

Via Vallone, Scurcola Marsicana, Italy +39 0863 561351
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4 based on 9 reviews

Castello Orsini

Reviewed By raffaele g - Pescara, Italy

Il castello visitato all'esterno è suggestivo ed imponente con i suoi torrioni circolari. Si trova nella parte alta del Paese ed è una emergenza unitamente al Santuario -Madonna della Vittoria- e al monte Amato che le fa da sfondo. Un esempio notevole di Castello Fortificato

9. Cunicoli di Claudio

Avezzano, Italy +39 0863 31163
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Cunicoli di Claudio

Reviewed By Davide M

When Emperor Claudius decided to dry out Lake Fucinus, the slaves dug into Mount Salviano to let the operation possible.
Going down into the "heart of the earth" isn't just a walk, is like going back in time and being able to look how men worked when the world was so different.
I do recomend this visit to everyone who has an interest in history, or who simply enjoys a more "adventurous" walk into some darkness.

10. Anfiteatro di Alba Fucens

67050, Massa D'Albe, Italy +39 339 445 8783
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5 based on 3 reviews

Anfiteatro di Alba Fucens

Reviewed By Hyuzan - Rome, Italy

Non avendo tempo per visitare la città antica, ci siamo limitati al famoso anfiteatro dove nel 1985 fu girato il film Yado (Red Sonja) con Arnold Schwarznegger. Nonostante molte parti ricostruite (anche in cemento) e anche se è più piccolo di quel che sembra, l'anfiteatro è molto bello e ha una vista spettacolare sulle montagne e sulla valle. L'ingresso al sito è gratuito, ma secondo me un biglietto di almeno 2 euro (magari per i non residenti) dovrebbero metterlo.

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