Maria D'Antuono told rescuers that during the 30 hours she was trapped, she occupied herself by knitting.
The stone house where the 98-year-old was buried under her bed in the village of Tempera, was a scene of devastation having completely collapsed on one side.
"She lived with her daughter, a retired teacher. Because of the strength of the quake, they thought the old woman was dead. They couldn’t look for her the first evening as it was too dark.
"The firemen came back at first light with a ladder and found Signora D’Antuono alive and in good health. It’s a miracle. She couldn’t do anything as she was stuck under the bed. They took her away, gave her a check-up and found her to be in perfect health. It’s incredible.”
By Nick Squires and Nick Allen in L'Aquila Last Updated: 6:42AM BST 08 Apr 2009