If you need some general useful information during/before your journey to L’Aquila, please check this website.
Languages and Religion: Italian is spoken all over the territory. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Italian Constitution, although the majority of the population is Catholic. Other religions also practiced in Italy include Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism, all of which have places where to conduct their rituals.
Currency: The local currency is Euros (EUR). In general, most places accept card payments with VISA and MASTERCARD and most European national bank cards. You can use cash machines at the bank offices to withdraw cash with your bank card.
Electrical Appliances: The electricity supply in Italy is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers…) work at this voltage.
Time Zone: The time zone on the Italian mainland and the Balearic Islands is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 1 hour in winter and + 2 hours in summer.
Italy Country Code: Italy Country Code is +39 + phone number.
Health Care and Safety: Drinking water supply is guaranteed throughout Italy. We have stringent control systems that guarantee water quality. Nevertheless, in some Mediterranean coastal areas consumption of bottled water is widespread. As an EU citizen, the Italian health system will receive you like local citizens when you present a European Health Insurance Card and an ID document from your own country. In case of an emergency, call 112.
Travel To L’Aquila
L’Aquila is a city in the center of Italy, about 110 Km (68 miles) to the east of Rome and about 100 Km (62 miles) to the west of Pescara.
The closest international airports in proximity of L’Aquila are:
- Ciampino Airport (Rome)
- Fiumicino Airport (Rome)
- Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara)
To get to L’Aquila from Ciampino Airport (Rome) or Fiumicino Airport (Rome), you have two options:
1) An express coach service leaving directly from the Airport and operated by Gaspari. For the details, visit the website: http://www.gasparionline.it.
2) Coach service, provided by TUA (https://www.tuabruzzo.it), with several lines running throughout the day). In this case, you will have first to catch a train to “Tiburtina train station” (Stazione Tiburtina, in Italian) in East Rome, where Arpa coaches leave for L’Aquila.
L’Aquila can be reached either via motorway or road:
- from Rome: Motorway A24 Rome-L’Aquila Est (east);
- 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
- TUA (https://www.tuabruzzo.it)
- Gaspari (https://www.gasparionline.it/en/)
- FlixBus (https://global.flixbus.com/)