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L'Aquila in brief

L'Aquila in brief


  • A town of artistic and historical interest
  • Safe and quiet but also lively university town
  • Direct buses to Rome in little more than 1 hour
  • Three popular ski resorts nearby as well as three national parks
  • Many hiking possibilities
  • Sunny beaches with direct bus lines in around 1 hour

L'Aquila is an Italian city of about 70,000 inhabitants and nearly 30,000 university students. It is the capital of the Abruzzo region and it is conveniently located 100 km (62 miles) to the east of Rome. The city is on a hill at 720 m (2365 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains, most notably to the north by the Gran Sasso range, which includes the highest peaks (up to 2900 m) of the Apennines, with a number of small lakes, trails and mountain climbing routes as well as deep caves. Within the province of L’Aquila there are also two national parks (Parco Nazionale Gran Sasso Monti della Laga and Parco Nazionale della Majella).
The city itself is full of history, traditions, beautiful buildings (like the Spanish Fortress) and churches (like the Basilica of Collemaggio). There are also a lot of good restaurants, pubs and places where students get together every night. The city is also home to L'Aquila Rugby: this team won the Italian championship five times!
For further practical and historical information on L'Aquila, click here.

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Accommodation in L'Aquila

Accommodation in L'Aquila

The InterMaths organizing committee will take care of finding accommodation for all the InterMaths students. Students being awarded a scholarship will be hosted free of charge at our university students' halls, according to the scholarship conditions. In general, the cost per person may range from 300 to 400 euros per month (electricity, heating and other related expenses are usually included). All selected students will receive detailed information by email about accommodation in good time before leaving their own country (usually in June), along with contracts and instructions on how to pay for the deposit, if applicable.

Accommodation options for the 2017 batch

Please visit our partner website or read below: www.mathmods.eu

Student's flats in Pizzoli

Transfers between our student's flats in Pizzoli and L'Aquila

Temporary accommodation in Pizzoli

  • Hotel Casa delle Tradizioni. Via Villa Mercato, 8 Pizzoli L'Aquila - Phone # 0862 975036
  • Bed & Breakfast "Il Tulipano", via Villa San Pietro 70, (next to our Students' Residence B) - Phone # 349.1170633 or 348.3844969. Ask the opposite bar for information.

 Temporary accommodation in L'Aquila

City centre

West L'Aquila (close to the Maths Department and the Faculty of Engineering)

Student flats to rent (usually for the whole academic year only)

Public transport

Public transport


as for the Trenitalia, check the article for possible regional trains to and from L'Aquila.


There are three bus companies operating in L'Aquila that you will find particulary usefull in your everyday life

  • AMA
  • Arpa
  • Gaspari

Besides these busses, there are also

  • Baltour - you get their rides in the Arpa search as well, as they are partner companies. Prices are similar to Arpa.
  • Gaspari - the only bus that connetc L'Aquila with Rome airports Chiampino and Fiumicino, see the article how to get to L'Aquila for more info. The single ticket costs 16 Euros and the return one 28.8 Euros. From the spring 2016 is this company also offering the trip L'Aquila Hotel Amiternum - Roma Tiburtina.
  • Megabus - low cost bus company, well known in Europe and the North America. It just entered Italian market in 2015, so there are still possibilities of getting a 5 Euros cross Italy tickets. Mind the lack of leg room.
  • Flixbus - German bus company that added L'Aquila into its route plan in June 2016, which means you no longer (!) have to travel to Rome or Pescara to travel further. Nice confortable busses.

AMA - public transport in L'Aquila

The public transport in L'Aquila is covered by the AMA bus company. Depending on how busy the trip can get thet run orange/blue/green/black busses "l'autobus" or blue vans called "pulmino".


The final destination of the bus is always written on the front side of the bus and together with the bus number can be seen from far. You need to get used to the way the timetable is written, as you can either search for number, or the bus stop (not for the time or "from-to destination trip"). To search for the time online, please check the name of your bus stop and then search for this destination in Linee e Orari to find the bus number you need to take. The other way is to search for the number and then check where it goes. Moreover, there is nowadays nice and clear time table on every bus stop. You can find the map of lines here.

Tickets & prices

You are obliged to enter a bus with a ticket and validate it in the yellow machine inside the bus. The complete list of ticket selling places can be found here. The closest one to university Coppito is Self copy SaS di Epifano - just across of the road from University. Please mind, that not every place sells all types of tickets. 

Here are the most useful types of tickets with prices:

  • One way ticket for 1,1 Euro - any selling place
  • One way ticket on a bus for 1.6 Euro - on any bus at the driver
  • 90 minutes ticket for 1.2 Euro - any selling place
  • Daily ticket for 2.7 Euros - any selling place
  • Blochetto (12 one way tickets) for 12.1 Euros - can be bought f.e. in the bar at Motel Amiternum or at the Terminal Bus Station
  • Monthly ticket* for 28.2 Euros - can be bought f.e. in the bar at Motel Amiternum or at the Terminal Bus Station or Sangritana Viaggi e vacanze by Fontana Luminosa

The controllers occasionaly get on the bus and wear the dark blue company clothes. They don't speak english and the fine for not having a validated ticket can get up to 160 Euros.

* the same system as for Arpa holds here as well: in order to be allowed to buy the montly ticket you need to register and buy a card at Terminal Bus Station or Sangritana Viaggi e vacanze Fontana Luminosa. You need to fill in a form and bring ID or passport and 2 passport size fotos. The card is valid until you lose it and costs around 15 Euros.

ARPA - regional Abruzzo public transport

Regional public bus transport is run by the Arpa company - blue or white with blue stipes busses.


It is the bus company you will use daily for reaching the University. For more information about this daily routine see this article about transfer between L'Aquila and Pizzoli, or how to get to Rome from L'Aquila.

Timetables for other Arpa rides can be found here.

Tickets & Prices

Arpa is the intercity Abruzzo regional bus company that offers transport within the region and also runs to Rome. It is the best option for Rome trips (11 Euros one way). Their offices can be found in several places, moreover, it is possible to buy a ticket at every SISAL place - for example at the Bar in Motel Amiternum.

As for Pizzoli - you can get the tickets in every bar in Pizzoli. For Pizzoli - L'Aquila trip the ticket Tariffa 2 is needed. You are obliged to validate it in the machine inside the bus.

GASPARI - private company operating in Abruzzo region


You'll find all Gaspari timetables on their webpage. There are 2 lines that might be on your interest:

  • L'Aquila Hotel Amiternum <-> Roma Tiburtina
  • L'Aquila Hotel Amiternum <-> Roma airport (Ciampino or Fiumicino)

Tickets & Prices

Gaspari tickets can be bought both, on the bus and online. Their page hasn't been translated into english yet but this article describing how to buy tickets on gaspari webpage in english might be useful. We recommend to buy your ticket online, so you assure yourself with the seat on the bus in case it gets busy (which has recently been happening). When entering the bus, pasangers with online tickets go first.

  • L'Aquila Hotel Amiternum <-> Roma Tiburtina: The single ticket start from 5 Euros (usualy 9 Euros) and the return one 14.8 Euros.
  • L'Aquila Hotel Amiternum <-> Roma airport (Ciampino or Fiumicino): The single ticket costs 16 Euros and the return one 28.8 Euros.

Trip ideas:


Other transport possibilities

Other transport possibilities

As for car transport possibilities in&around L'Aquila you can consider following options

Own car

If you wish to bring your own car to L'Aquila there is no problem. There has so far been at least one person bringing their car from each generation. Parking next to our student residences in Pizzoli is possible just next to your flat. When arriving to L'Aquila by car please mind that in Italy we pay for highway everytime we enter.

L'Aquila can be reached either via motorway or road:

  • from Rome: Motorway A24 Rome-L'Aquila Ovest (west)
  • from Autostrada Adriatica (Motorway A14): Toll gate "Teramo-Giulianova" - Motorway A24 to L'Aquila
  • from Pescara: Motorway A25 Pescara-Popoli and then S.S 17 Bussi-L'Aquila
  • from Naples: Motorway A1 Rome-Napoli - S.S. 82 Ceprano-Sora-Avezzano - Motorway Avezzano-L'Aquila A24/A25

Taxi in L'Aquila

There is only one taxi company in L'Aquila, Radio Taxi. They can be reached by phone +39086225165 or in front of Motel Amiternum.

Erasmus Mundus students are meant to get the special price of 15 Euros for the trip Pizzoli-L'Aquila and vise versa. The usual trip Motel Amiternum-city center is aroun 4 Euros.

Radio Taxi are available every day until 12am; on Thursdays and Saturdays until 3am. Aside from these times it is possible to make a pick up agreement in advance, however, if you have a early flight (therefore early gaspari bus) we reccomend to stay at friends place in L'Aquila for this special occasion.

Rent a car

Students often use auto rental services for weekend or daily trips. There are several car rental company, just search for 'car rental in L'Aquila' in your browser or ask older students.

In 2014 there were students renting a car from Europcar, na Via della Croce Rossa. For approximately 2-4 days it was around 30 Euros a day but drivers under 25 have to pay an extra fee.


Free time in L'Aquila

Free time in L'Aquila

Social events

Aquilasmus is a student association, part of ESN (Erasmus Student Network). Aquilasmus offers several services to Erasmus students, like organizing parties, trips, international dinners, cineforums and more. Take a look at their website and join their Facebook group to get to know other international students and be involved in their activities.LAquilasmus

Bars, Restaurants, Pubs&Clubs, Discos

Check this article to see more information about cinemas, theathers, music, bars, restaurants,pubs & clubs, discos.

Free time and nightlife

aquilasmusAquilasmus is a student association, part of ESN (Erasmus Student Network). Aquilasmus offers several services to Erasmus students, like organizing parties, trips, international dinners, cineforums and more. Take a look at their website and join their Facebook group to get to know other international students and be involved in their activities.




  • Movieplex Via Leonardo Da Vinci, Pettino, L'Aquila (20 mins walk from the Math Dept.)



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Bars, restaurants, pubs & clubs, discos

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Before the 2009 earthquake most people and students used to gather at the many cafes and bars in L'Aquila city centre. Now, while most buildings there are still to be reconstructed and great part of the area is not yet accessible to people, a bunch of bars have proudly reopened their doors. You will find lots of students hanging out mostly on Thursday nights (typically, university night) and Saturday nights. Just ask the taxi/bus driver to drop you at "Fontana Luminosa" (the big fountain near the castle) and walk into the main road "Corso Federico II". You'll see that most people gather in that small square or head right into via Garibaldi. As a consequence of the earthquake, several other good pubs and clubs have had to move to other areas of the city. So, take a look at the rest of list, too.

City centre

  • La cantina del boss (but everybody calls it "iu Boss" in the local dialect). Traditional wine bar popular with locals, good atmosphere, great wine choice and tasty sandwiches. It usually closes before 11pm. Via Castello 3
  • Nero caffè. Lounge and wine bar. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 45
  • Sybarita: Vino & Tapas. Spanish bar in Via Navelli 6/8
  • La Caffetteria Centrale. Cocktail bar. Via dei Sali 9
  • Oro Rosso by La Quintana. Pizza restaurant and pub. Via Tre Spighe, 3 (near the Fontana Luminosa)
  • Bottiglieria Lo Zio. Wine bar. Chiesetta Sant'Amico (near the Fontana Luminosa)
  • Farfarello. Bar, pub. Piazza Palazzo
  • Public Enemy. Gastro pub (good hamburgers, great choice of wine and beers). Via Garibaldi 27

Viale della Croce Rossa

After the earthquake several pubs moved from the city centre, which was off-limits for several months, to this road which connects the "Fontana Luminosa" to Viale Corrado IV

  • The Corner Pub
  • All Beers. Beer garden with a large variety of beers.
  • L'Unico Posto. Restaurant serving tasty bruschette, arrosticini and tiramisu.
  • Zazà Kebab. Middle Eastern Restaurant and Turkish Restaurant.
  • Mandarin, Chinese Restaurant. Viale della Croce Rossa, 189

Between the train station and Viale Corrado IV

  • Andalucia. Spanish restaurant. Via Eusanio Stella 2/A
  • Bollicine Lounge Bar. Dr. Why quiz nights. Via Pile, 19
  • Nuovo Impero, Chinese restaurant. Via Rocco Carabba, 22

Viale Corrado IV (main road connecting Hotel Amiternum to the city centre)

  • Gran Caffè dell'Aquila. Superb ice cream and cappuccino. 
  • La dolce vita. Very popular Cafe and disco.
  • Bar Tropical. Cocktails.
  • T-Bone. Steak house, special menu on Thursday and Friday nights inlcuding several starters, big steak, arrosticini, side-dish and free bevarages for 25 EUR only! Viale Corrado IV, 32

Other areas

  • Be One. New disco just opened up in town (October 2013). Thu+Sat nights from 11-5. Via Ugo La Malfa (near L'Aquilone shopping centre). Free shuttle from Fontana Luminosa and back.
  • The Shaman's Irish Pub. Themed parties. Very popular with university students. Via Francesco Savini (c/o Careffour shopping centre near the cemetery)
  • Woki Woki Restaurant. Chinese, Sushi and Thai restaurant ('all you can eat' menus available, too). Via Francesco Savini (c/o Careffour shopping centre near the cemetery)
  • Novecento10. Restaurant, wine bar and live music. S.S. Statale 17 ovest, c/o Panorama centre
  • Irish Cafe. Via Mausonia per Pianola


For informantion on popular excursions you can make around L'Aquila (ski resorts, beaches and more), read here.hiking


Check these articles for more info about shoping in L'Aquila or shops in Pizzoli.

As for fashion or souvenirs there are many shops in Roma or Pescara on various price level.

Sport activities

Many collective sports like rugby, football as well as tennis can be played in student organisations. Check the map below for University Sports Centre (CUS - Centi Colella), where students have reduced fee. It should be the bus stop s.s.17


Please mind that in Italy it is necessary to have a health check certificate from a 'family doctor' ( = the general doctor) before joining any sport facility (f.e. a gym). Feel free to e-mail us in case you have difficulties getting one.


Thanks to the great geographical location, both, L'Aquila and Pizzoli offer great oportunities to hike or just go for a nice walk into the mountains or woods.

All Pizzoli hikes start at the 'Pizzoli castle' when you continue up the road and after you pass few houses you will find yourself in the nice Abruzzo woodland.

As for L'Aquila hikes, you may pick any hill you see from the center

  • It is possible to walk up the ROIO hill. You can walk up the road or use hiking paths and even take the AMA bus number 1 up or back to Ospedale, Amiternum or Terminal.
  • You may like to hike up the other side of the city towards the cross on the top, and meet few water streams on the way
  • To go to Gran Sasso mountains you need to take AMA bus number 16 from the Terminal Bus Station and drop off at the last stop. From there you can take skylift to the hotel at the Campo Imperatore, where your proper hike can start. Please mind that the weather in mountains can be unpredictable.

It is quite likely to meet horses, cheep, cows or even some wild animals on your way - all being more scared than yourself and therefore harmless. Sometime you may stumble across cheep dogs that might look angry but if you don't show any signs of agression and simply ignore them they will gladly return the favore.


Dispite having no cycle paths in L'Aquila, it is possible to cycle on the road, however, this is on everyones own responsibility. You can get propper cycling stufff in Decathlon in Laquilone or other cycling shops in L'Aquila. There is also an active  cycling club that occasionally organises bike events in Gran Sasso .

Horse Riding

there is a big stable in Paganica, check AMA busses to see. One lecture costs 10 Euros and it is possible to prepay 10 lectures. Mind, the transportation from L'Aquila can take a while.


there are few gyms in L'Aquila and in Pizzoli as well. Please see the map above for precise location and this article about sporting facilities in L'Aquila for more information.

If you are interested in Yoga classes or similar, there used to be some in Asilo Occupato but we recommend to ask Laquilasmus.


Excursions around L'Aquila

Excursions around L'Aquila

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