Dino took me into the centre of the city to look around. There was a terrible earthquake here in 2009 and then another in 2016. The place reminded me of Christchurch, lots of buildings destroyed and in the process of being rebuilt. Similarly the psyche of the people here is scarred by the trauma they experienced. The earthquake is never far from their thoughts. Unfortunately Italy probably doesn't have the same efficiency of agencies and authorities to oversee the restructuring of the city.
There is still lots of work to be done in the city. So many of the buildings were 100s of years old, many of them Unesco heritage listed. The work is slow and expensive. Many of the people were re-housed and 10 years later are still waiting to return to their homes. Most of the outer ring of the city has had new blocks of apartments built.
|a typical street in the city centre|
They rebuilt the regional Head Offices (L'Aquila is the capital of Abruzzo). No new modern buildings here, they would look so out of place, this is a replica of the old one.
This morning we headed out into the country side to visit some caves nearby (Le Grotte Stiffe)
|there is still snow on the Gran Sasso in the distance|
|amazing waterfalls inside the caves|
|flowing water and stalactites|