L'Aquila is situated in the heart of the mountainous region of the Abruzzi at a height of 721 metres above sea level. The city is flanked on the one side by the Velino and Sirente mountain ranges, on the other by the Laga mountains and the Gran Sasso range. The original site was on the hill dividing the territory of Amiterno from that of Forcona. The city was founded about 1240 by the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II and became an episcopal see in 1257. It become an important centre in the Middle Ages, and was contended for by the Angevin dynasty and Aragonese and later passed to the Kingdom of Naples. Notable buildings are present in L'Aquila, such as the majestic castle, the churches of San Bernardino and Santa Maria di Collemaggio. The medieval city walls are still largely extant.


Living and studying in L'Aquila

If you want to learn more about studying in L'Aquila (arrival, housing, health care, daily life), please check the L'Aquila website. You can access useful information on student council activity, competent offices and committees, international mobility opportunities and student services available at the university (online services, services for the disabled, psychological counseling etc.).

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Getting to L'Aquila

L'Aquila is within easy reach of both Rome and Pescara by bus.


You can get to L'Aquila from Rome, via the Fiumicino airport or the Ciampino airport. Alternatively, you can use the fast train service arriving in Rome Tiburtina, or a train arriving at Termini Station, and then use the metro B line to get the Rome Tiburtina station.
The bus of Autolinee TUA leaves from Tiburtina Station:
Trains to Tiburtina Station depart every 20 minutes (from 6:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) from Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino). The journey takes about 40 minutes.

Buses depart from Ciampino Airport every 15-20 minutes for the Anagnina underground station, where you can take an underground train ("metropolitana") to Termini Station; when you reach Termini you will have to change from the A to the B line for Tiburtina. The journey takes about an hour.

From Termini Station the underground (B line) takes about 10 minutes to Tiburtina.
You can purchase a bus ticket for L'Aquila online or from the "Autolinee TUA" ticket office near the Tiburtina bus station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and the bus terminates at Collemaggio terminal.

An express coach service leaving directly from Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) and Ciampino Airport is operated by Gaspari Bus. The bus terminates at Amiternum Hotel. You can purchase a bus ticket online.

You can also reach L'Aquila (Collemaggio terminal) by FlixBus. See bus schedules & bus stops in L'Aquila.


You can get to L'Aquila also via the Pescara airport.

Buses for L'Aquila leave from the bus station in Piazza della Repubblica (next to the Central Railway Station):

Buses from Abruzzo International Airport to the Central Railway Station depart every 10 minutes (from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.). The journey takes about ten minutes.

The bus ticket for L'Aquila can be purchased online or from the ticket office of Autolinee TUA in Piazzale della Stazione. The journey to L'Aquila takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes and the bus ride terminates at Collemaggio terminal.
Published on July 18, 2019 Updated on November 4, 2019