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L'Aquila, Italy

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L'AQUILA, Abruzzo's capital, is known for its appealing blend of ancient and modern, with a university, smart shops, bustling streets and a daily market. Sadly, in April 2009 a severe earthquake badly damaged the city, killing almost 300 people and forcing many to take refuge in camps. Many of the medieval buildings were left in ruins including the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio and the Forte Spagnolo, home to the city museum. It will take several years to rebuild although L'Aquila has plenty of experience in this respect having bounced back from earthquakes for hundreds of years. Check the …
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