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ECSA 2020
Mon 14 - Fri 18 September 2020 L'Aquila, Italy

L’Aquila is the capital city of the Abruzzo region in Italy. Laid out within medieval walls upon a hillside in the middle of a narrow valley; tall snow-capped mountains of the Gran Sasso massif flank the town. A maze of narrow streets, lined with Baroque and Renaissance buildings and churches, open onto elegant piazzas. Home to the University of L’Aquila, it is a lively college town and, as such, has many cultural institutions: a repertory theater, a symphony orchestra, a fine-arts academy, a state conservatory, a film institute. Close to the highest of the Apennine summits, L’Aquila is positioned at an altitude of 721 meters in the Valley of the Aterno-Pescara, situated between four mountain peaks above 2,000 meters. The mountains block the city off from warm humid air currents from the Mediterranean and give rise to a climate that is cool in comparison to most of central Italy, and dry. It has been said that the city enjoys each year eleven cold months and one cool one. L’Aquila is approximately 100 kilometers (62 mi) to the east-north-east of Rome, with which it is now connected by a motorway through the mountains.

Reach L’Aquila by Plane or Train

The nearest airports are Rome Fiumicino (FCO), Rome Ciampino (CIA) and Abruzzo International Airport Pescara (PSR). At all airports, one has the option to rent a car. To reach L’Aquila from Rome and Pescara via the connecting motorways is relatively easy. Below some details about using public transportation, additional information is available at Visit Abruzzo

Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Airport to L’Aquila

There are two main possibilities to reach L’Aquila from Rome Fiumicino (FCO)

  1. Direct connection with Gaspari Bus : Seven daily buses connect Rome Fiumicino to L’Aquila. The service is provided by Gaspari Bus. The duration is about 2h. Be aware that the Gaspari bus stops at “L’Aquila Amiternum” and you will need to take a taxi to reach the venue (distance: 3km)

    Gaspari Bus TimeTable (last update: August 04th) - Click Here

  2. Connection with TUA : Take the train at the Airport Station until Roma Tiburtina (current duration 48′, timetable and tickets on Trenitalia, Outside the station there is the TUA terminal bus, Online timetables and tickets can be found at TUA. TUA stops at “L’Aquila Collemaggio”, from where the venue can be easily reached (distance: 700 meters). City center (i.e., Fontana Luminosa and Hotel Castello) is 1.5 Km away.

    TUA timetable is also available here

Rome Ciampino (CIA) Airport to L’Aquila

  1. Direct connection with Gaspari Bus :

    Seven daily buses connect Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino to L’Aquila. The service is provided by Gaspari Bus. The duration is about 1.5h. Be aware that the Gaspari bus stops at “L’Aquila Amiternum” and you will need to take a taxi to reach the venue (distance: 3km)

    Gaspari Bus TimeTable (last update: August 04th) -Click Here

Rome Termini to L’Aquila

Take the underground (line B, Rebibbia - 4 stops) or the train to reach Rome Tiburtina. To reach L’Aquila from Rome Tiburtina, follow the instructions below.

Rome Tiburtina to L’Aquila

There are two possibilities to easily reach L’Aquila from Rome Tiburtina (FCO)

  1. Direct connection with Gaspari Bus : Seven daily buses connect Rome Fiumicino to L’Aquila. The service is provided by Gaspari Bus. The duration is about 1h and 15 minutes. Be aware that the Gaspari bus stops at “L’Aquila Amiternum” and you will need to take a taxi to reach the venue (distance: 3km)

    Gaspari Bus TimeTable (last update: August 04th) -Click Here

  2. Direct connection with TUA : Outside the train station, there is also the TUA terminal bus. The TUA stops at “L’Aquila Collemaggio”, from where the venue can be easily reached (distance: 700 meters). City center (i.e., Fontana Luminosa and Hotel Castello) is 1.5 Km away. Online timetables and tickets can be found at TUA.

    TUA timetable is also available here

Reach L’Aquila from Pescara

This airport is located near Pescara and about 119 km (74 miles) from L’Aquila, a 1h 20 min drive by car/bus on a motorway across the Appennine mountains. The airport is connected to the center of Pescara with Bus Line n. 8 and n. 38 (line code GTM), with which you can reach Piazza Della Repubblica, the Bus Terminal to the domestic and international destinations. From the Bus Terminal, several runs to L’Aquila (Bus Terminal Collemaggio) are available with TUA