L'Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region, with a population of about 70,000 inhabitants. Its origins are very far away and during the Middle Ages had a castle to defend against barbarian invasions. In 1264 Federico II gathered 99 villages and castles in the area and founded the city of L'Aquila, Abruzzo benchmark. To commemorate this event, the city was equipped with 99 beds and 99 churches and a beautiful fountain with 99 spouts.
In time it became a rich city developing important trades and crafts including tissue processing and the famous lace that are still produced even with modern techniques. Even agriculture and industry are important economic sources.
L'Aquila, Abruzzo region as a whole, is particularly rich in archaeological sites, castles, churches, and an almost untouched nature. Proof of this is the Abruzzo National Park, the Park Maiella and Gran Sasso equipped benchmark in the region for winter sports with ski slopes and lifts.