L’Aquila Awarded Italian Capital of Culture 2026

L'Aquila Cultural Capital 2026Abruzzo’s capital city L’Aquila has been awarded the prestigious title of Italy’s Capital of Culture 2026, with a grant of 1 million euros to showcase its cultural richness and development prospects.  L’Aquila mayor, Pierluigi Biondi was delighted and in his acceptance speech said.

“L’Aquila is about to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the earthquake. An event that has affected us not only as institutions but as citizens. Being the Italian capital of culture is not compensation but represents an element around which to rebuild the social fabric of our community.  Culture is a founding element, it’s the recovery of identity and projection into the future.”

L’Aquila’s Mayor, Pierluigi and Abruzzo’s Regional President are both members of the governing right-wing Fratelli di Italia party headed by Giorgia Melone.

Sam Dunham
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Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.


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