Force Of Nature Hit But L’Aquila Still Recovering
We spent a week in Pescara on the Adriatic coast of Italy and explored the Abruzzo region with day trips. Nothing touched us quite as much as the day we saw L’Aquila still recovering from a deadly earthquake many years before.
Heading To L’Aquila
One day we headed high in the Apennine Mountains. With map in hand we picked L’Aquila for our enroute lunch stop. But we were absolutely not prepared for what we would find in L’Aquila!
The sobering images of devastation stayed with us as a constant reminder of the power of the force of nature. This hit us hard again later when we visited Pompeii!
With a little advanced research we would have known that L’Aquila was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2009. Five years later we found L’Aquila still recovering.
Navigating by GPS or my offline map app was almost impossible. The map app could not account for the number of streets still closed for repair or unsafe driving. We tried 6 different ways to get to the old town centre and to find a parking spot for lunch. But we finally left defeated.
We both found it quite emotional when we saw the damage to the city. Most of the hardest hit buildings were older. But we saw newer buildings with missing walls. And the inside still showed life stopped in mid-breath.
A Moving Day When We Saw L’Aquila Still Recovering
We saw L’Aquila still recovering after the earthquake in 2009. The town was slowly being repaired. But we saw the devastation wrought by the severe earthquake. It was even sadder after we did some reading that night about this particular earthquake. And we learned that the death toll need not have been as high as it was!
As we travelled through the hill towns of Abruzzo we found other buildings with what looked like earthquake damage. But nothing was quite as devastating as we saw in L’Aquila. It was a sobering reminder about how much Italy has endured!
Were you moved when you saw L’Aquila still recovering? Did you see lots of other earthquake damage remaining as you toured the Abruzzo region?
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