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UK's Prince Charles visits quake-hit town in central Italy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/2/2017
Britain's Prince Charles visits to the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (Alessandro Bianchi/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles visits to the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (Alessandro Bianchi/Pool Photo via AP)

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Prince Charles has visited the center of Amatrice, a mountain town that bore the brunt of central Italy's Aug. 24 earthquake.

Britain's Prince Charles visits to the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (Alessandro Bianchi/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles visits to the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (Alessandro Bianchi/Pool Photo via AP)

The prince of Wales was accompanied by the head of Italy's civil protection agency on the tour Sunday that took him to the town's medieval bell tower, which survived the August quake only to be toppled by stronger shocks in October.

Britain's Prince Charles listens to Fabrizio Curcio, head of the Italian Civil Protection, right, during his visit to the quake-hit central Italian town of Amatrice, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles listens to Fabrizio Curcio, head of the Italian Civil Protection, right, during his visit to the quake-hit central Italian town of Amatrice, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The town's mayor, Sergio Pirozzi, declined to accompany them, telling the news agency ANSA he will only enter the town's center when it has been rebuilt because he's "looking toward the future."

Britain's Prince Charles, back to camera speaks with an unidentified man holding a child wearing a mask during his visit to the quake-hit central Italian town of Amatrice, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles, back to camera speaks with an unidentified man holding a child wearing a mask during his visit to the quake-hit central Italian town of Amatrice, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

About 300 people in mountainous central Italy were killed in the magnitude-6.1 August quake. The October temblors were stronger — up to magnitude 6.6 — but didn't kill anyone as the region's most sensitive areas had already been evacuated.

Britain's Prince Charles walks by the rubble of the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles walks by the rubble of the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Britain's Prince Charles walks by the rubble of the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince Charles walks by the rubble of the 2016 earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Italy for a week-long trip which includes stops in Rome and the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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