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Anversa degli Abruzzi

The road from Valle Peligna towards the village of Scanno is really enchanting. You will go through the Sagittario Gorges, a deep beautiful and suggestive canyon created by the Sagittario river over thousands of years. Here the WWF settled a protected area which aim is to preserve a unique territory, the Cavuto springs. The ancient medieval village of Anversa degli Abruzzi is delimitated by a group of houses built on cliffs and is dominated by the ruins of the Norman Fortress. From the gorges you can see the typical buildings called “case dei lombardi”, built by northern workers who operated in the region between the second half of the 15. century and the end of the 17. century. Anversa is located at 604 mt above sea level and is part of the club „Borghi più belli d’Italia“ and of the literary park „Gabriele D’Annunzio“. This ancient village was famous for the production of terracotta, clay and chalk. Some years ago a laboratory for pottery manifacture has been opened. Many important monuments are preserved such as the church of Madonna delle Grazie from the 16. century, the church of San Marcello and its gothic gate and the sighiting tower ruins. The tower is part of a fortress built by the Normans during the 12. century, which aim was to control the access on the southern part of Valle Peligna. The fortress was residence of the Count of Sangro and later of the Belprato family, who decorated it and hosted many intellectuals.The Sangro ruins are famous for being the setting of the tragedy “La fiaccola sotto il moggio” writen by Gabriele D'Annunzio. The alleys and underpasses with vaulted arches through the houses are also very charateristic. The small district of Castrovalva is situated in a dominating position in front of Anversa, on the gorges right slope. During ancient times it was an independent feud and a today it represents a well preserved example of settlment situated on a crest: it is really worth a visit!

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Provincia: L'Aquila

CAP: 67030

Prefisso: 0864

Altitudine: 604


41.995886, 13.8040788

The gorges of Sagittario are a typical river valley: for millions of years, the river has attacked, dug, eroded the rock, to form the current gorge, bounded by vertical rock walls. The scenario is truly extraordinary. D'Annunzio also describes the erosive power of Sagittarius in the drama "La fiaccola sotto il moggio". The whole area is part of the homonymous reserve, founded in 1991, covering

In the lower part of the village of Cocullo stands the famous Sanctuary of San Domenico, rebuilt between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century on the site of an older church, which was built in the seventeenth century. It has a rectangular plan with a beautiful Renaissance portal reassembled on its side.

In 2004 was inaugurated the Museum of Popular Traditions, located in the town hall, named after Prof. Alfonso M. Nola, famous anthropologist, who died in 1997, honorary citizen of Cocullo for his long attendance and studies conducted on the traditional Feast of San Domenico - Rite of the Serpari.