The province of L’Aquila is located in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, without any access to the sea. The area contains a large part of one of the most well known Italian National Parks, The National Park of Abruzzo. This park is also one of the oldest on Italian soil and has made important contributions in wildlife conservation, which have included the Italian wolf, the Chamois and the Italian Brown Bear. The capital city of the province, also called L’Aquila, was founded in 1230 and boasts a wealth of cultural and historical attractions. For example, check out the Spanish castle, built in the 16th century, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, where Pope Celestine V is buried, and the Cathedral, built in the 13th century. Head out of the capital city to the town of Castel di Sangro. Attractions here include the remains of a medieval castle and the archaeological museum, housed inside an ex convent dedicated to Mary Magdalene.
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