Free time and nightlife

aquilasmusAquilasmus is a student association, part of ESN (Erasmus Student Network). Aquilasmus offers several services to Erasmus students, like organizing parties, trips, international dinners, cineforums and more. Take a look at their website and join their Facebook group to get to know other international students and be involved in their activities.




  • Movieplex Via Leonardo Da Vinci, Pettino, L'Aquila (25 mins walk from the Math Dept.)



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Bars, restaurants, pubs & clubs, discos

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Before the 2009 earthquake most people and students used to gather at the many cafes and bars in L'Aquila city centre. Now, while most buildings there are still to be reconstructed and great part of the area is not yet accessible to people, a bunch of bars have proudly reopened their doors. You will find lots of students hanging out mostly on Thursday nights (typically, university night) and Saturday nights. Just ask the taxi/bus driver to drop you at "Fontana Luminosa" (the big fountain near the castle) and walk into the main road "Corso Federico II". You'll see that most people gather in that small square or head right into via Garibaldi. As a consequence of the earthquake, several other good pubs and clubs have had to move to other areas of the city. So, take a look at the rest of list, too.

City centre

  • La cantina del boss (but everybody calls it "iu Boss" in the local dialect). Traditional wine bar popular with locals, good atmosphere, great wine choice and tasty sandwiches. It usually closes before 11pm. Via Castello 3
  • 100 Montaditos, Corso Federico II, 49. Restaurant (cervecerìa) chain specializing in Spanish sandwiches and drinks
  • Nero caffè. Lounge and wine bar. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 45
  • La Caffetteria Centrale. Cocktail bar. Via dei Sali 9
  • Oro Rosso by La Quintana. Pizza restaurant and pub. Via Tre Spighe, 3 (near the Fontana Luminosa)
  • Bottiglieria Lo Zio. Wine bar. Chiesetta Sant'Amico (near the Fontana Luminosa)
  • Farfarello. Bar, pub. Piazza Palazzo
  • Public Enemy. Gastro pub (good hamburgers, great choice of wine and beers). Via Garibaldi 27

Viale della Croce Rossa

After the earthquake several pubs moved from the city centre, which was off-limits for several months, to this road which connects the "Fontana Luminosa" to Viale Corrado IV

  • The Corner Pub
  • All Beers. Beer garden with a large variety of beers.
  • L'Unico Posto. Restaurant serving tasty bruschette, arrosticini and tiramisu.
  • Zazà Kebab. Middle Eastern Restaurant and Turkish Restaurant.
  • Mandarin, Chinese Restaurant. Viale della Croce Rossa, 189

Viale Corrado IV (main road connecting Hotel Amiternum to the city centre)

  • Gran Caffè dell'Aquila. Superb ice cream and cappuccino. 
  • Bar Tropical. Cocktails.
  • T-Bone. Steak house, special menu on Thursday and Friday nights inlcuding several starters, big steak, arrosticini, side-dish and free bevarages for 25 EUR only! Viale Corrado IV, 32

Other areas

  • The Shaman's Irish Pub. Themed parties. Very popular with university students. Via Francesco Savini (c/o Careffour shopping centre near the cemetery)
  • Woki Woki Restaurant. Chinese, Sushi and Thai restaurant ('all you can eat' menus available, too). Via Francesco Savini (c/o Careffour shopping centre near the cemetery)
  • Novecento10. Restaurant, wine bar and live music. S.S. Statale 17 ovest, c/o Panorama centre
  • Irish Cafe. Via Mausonia per Pianola
  • Bliss. Disco nights and concerts. Via Rodolfo Volpe, Monticchio (East L'Aquila)


For informantion on popular excursions you can make around L'Aquila (ski resorts, beaches and more), read here.hiking

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