Province of L'Aquila

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Province of L'Aquila
Province
Map highlighting the location of the province of L'Aquila in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of L'Aquila in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Abruzzo
Capital(s) L'Aquila
Comuni 108
Government
 • President Antonio Del Corvo
Area
 • Total 5,034 km2 (1,944 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 310,067
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67100, 67010, 67012, 67013, 67014, 67015, 67017, 67019, 67020, 67021, 67022, 67023, 67024, 67025, 67026, 67027, 67028, 67029, 67030, 67031, 67032, 67033, 67034, 67035, 67036, 67037, 67038, 67039, 67040, 67041, 67043, 67044, 67045, 67046, 67047, 67048, 67049, 67050, 67051, 67052, 67053, 67054, 67055, 67056, 67057, 67058, 67059, 67060, 67061, 67062, 67063, 67064, 67066, 67067, 67068, 67069
Telephone prefix 0862, 0863, 0864
Vehicle registration AQ
ISTAT 066

The Province of L'Aquila (Provincia dell'Aquila) is the largest, most mountainous and least densely populated province of the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. It comprises about half the landmass of Abruzzo and occupies the western part of the region. It has borders with the provinces of Teramo to the north, Pescara and Chieti to the east, Isernia (in Molise region) to the south and Frosinone, Rome and Rieti (in Lazio region) to the west. Its capital is the city of L'Aquila. The Province of L'Aquila includes the highest mountains of the Apennines (Gran Sasso, Maiella and Velino-Sirente), their highest peak, Corno Grande, the high plain of Campo Imperatore, and Europe's southernmost glacier, the Calderone. The province's major rivers are the Aterno-Pescara, Sangro, Liri, Salto, and the Turano; its major lakes are Lago Scanno and Lago Barrea. It once included the largest lake on the Italian peninsula, Lago Fucino, which was drained in one of the 19th century's largest engineering projects. The lake basin is today a flourishing agricultural area and an important technological district.

Economy and population[edit]

The province is known for its many castles, fortresses and pristine medieval hill towns. The province's two major cities, L'Aquila and Avezzano, have had rapid economic expansion since the late 20th century, with the growth of transportation manufacturing, telecommunications, and computer industries.

Throughout most of the 20th century, there were serious population declines in the rural areas, with the near collapse of the province's pastoral agricultural economy, as people moved to cities for work. Since the founding of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga and Majella national parks, and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park, tourists have been attracted to the mountainous landscapes. Tourism and associated services have boosted the economy of rural L'Aquila and begun to reverse its population decline.

The province has an area of 5,034 square kilometres (1,944 sq mi) and a total population of 297,592 (2001).

Earthquakes[edit]

Further information: 2009 L'Aquila earthquake

Earthquakes mark the history of the province, especially its capital city L'Aquila. The city suffered earthquakes in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries[1][2] and most recently on April 6, 2009. This caused extensive damage to the city and areas of the province just outside l'Aquila, particularly along SS 17. At 01:32 GMT (03:32 CEST) on April 6, an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L'Aquila, at 42°25′22″N 13°23′40″E / 42.4228°N 13.3945°E / 42.4228; 13.3945 (Earthquake 6 April 2009).[3]

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of the province.

There are 108  comunes in all [1]

The largest are:

Comune Inhabitants
L'Aquila 71,761
Avezzano 39,670
Sulmona 25,363
Celano 11,012
Pratola Peligna 7,890
Tagliacozzo 6,820
Trasacco 6,115
Castel di Sangro 6,109
Luco dei Marsi 5,776
Capistrello 5,473
Carsoli 5,238

See also

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'Aquila, prov. of L'Aquila, Abruzzo". Abruzzo2000.com. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.earth-prints.org/bitstream/2122/1777/1/03%20d'addezio.pdf
  3. ^ http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/catalogs/eqs1day-M1.txt

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