Amiternum was an ancient italic town founded by the Sabines, whose ruins are today not far from l'aquila. Its name comes from the river Aterno.
The city gave birth to one of the major Roman historians, Sallust.
The remains of Amiternum sabina are several well-preserved, located in the locality of San Vittorino, near L'aquila. Among the most interesting include the amphitheatre, the theatre of the Augustan age and late Imperial Age villa with mosaics and frescoes. There are also remains of baths and an aqueduct dating from themselves to the age of Augustus.