L’Aquila in the Middle Ages

The Quarters of L’Aquila

The city of L’Aquila was organized in the so-called “quarters” on the initiative of Lucchesino da Firenze who divided the fortified villages, the estates, and villas of the city area and of the surrounding country, into four parts.

Over the years, a strong and rooted sense of belonging developed among the inhabitants to the point that, even when they changed their residence within the city, people were still closely linked to the old castle of origin.

Inside each quarter, communities built a fountain, a square, and a church dedicated to the same Saint of the Castle. It was established that each quarter had its own flag and only later the quarters were identified by the different colours that we can still appreciate.

Quarter of Santa Maria Paganica

Quarter of Santa Maria Paganica

Fortified villages of the quarter: Assergi, Aragno, Barisciano, Bominaco, Camarda, Caporciano, Civitaretenga, Collepietro, Filetto, Gignano, Navelli, Paganica, Pescomaggiore, Poggio Picenze, San Benedetto in Perillis, San Demetrio, Sant’Elia, San Giacomo, San Gregorio, San Nicandro, San Pio delle Camere, Tempera, Torrione.


Quarter of San Pietro a Coppito

Quarter of San Pietro a Coppito

Fortified villages of the quarter: Arischia, Barete, Cagnano, Cansatessa, Cascina, Zona Colle Pretara, Collebrincioni, Coppito, Forcella, Pettino, Pile, Pizzoli, Preturo, Pozza, Santanza, Santa Barbara, San Marco, San Vittorino.


Quarter of Santa Giusta

Quarter of Santa Giusta

Fortified villages of the quarter: Bagno, Civita di Bagno e frazioni, Bazzano, Beffi, Campana, Fagnano, Fontecchio, Fossa, Goriano Valli, Monticchio, Ocre, Pianola, Rocca di Mezzo, Rocca di Cambio, Sant’Eusanio Forconese, Stiffe, Tione, Torretta, Villa Sant’Angelo.


Quarter of San Marciano

Quarter of San Marciano

Fortified villages of the quarter: Contrada Cavalli, Civitatomassa, Genzano di Sassa, Lucoli, Zona Palazzo di Giustizia, Rocca di Corno, Roio e frazioni, Scoppito, Tornimparte, Vigliano, Zona Vetoio, Zona Rivera.

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