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Avezzano

Avezzano is a city and comune with a population of about 42,500 inhabitants, situated in the Abruzzo region, province of L'Aquila. It is the second most populous municipality in the province and the sixth in the region. Documented as an existing urban center in the ninth century. The city was destroyed by the earthquake of 1915. It was rebuilt after the 1944 Allied bombing. The city was decorated with the silver medal for civil merit, an award granted by the Italian Republic.It is the main commercial, industrial and agricultural centre of the Marsica area, with important high-tech industries and a large Telespazio satellite farm.HistoryToponymyThere are different common etymologies for the name of the city: from "Ad Vetianum" which means a "to the Vetia family"; from "Avidianum" or "fundus Avidianus" which is derived from the noble Avidius domiciled in the nearby town of Alba Fucens or from "Ave Jane", an invocation to the Roman god Janus.Earliest historyThe presence of hunters dating back to the palaeolithic period about 18 to 14,000 years ago. They see several sites that bear witness to the presence of humans in prehistoric times as the Cave of Ciccio Felice located just south of Avezzano. First major settlements in this area began with the construction works for the lake's drainage ordered by Emperor Claudius in the first century A.D.
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