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Rivisondoli, in the Region of the Altipiani Maggiore of Abruzzo, faces east in a dominant position on the Prato plateau at an average altitude of 1,365 meters above sea level, between Roccaraso and Pescocostanzo. A natural environment of great beauty and a healthy climate: ideal destination for a summer holiday in the mountain. In the center of the town stands the parish church of San Nicola di Bari, built in 1912 on a previous place of worship, enriched by beautiful polychrome stained glass windows by Haynal (1991). Inside there are two seventeenth-century works: an altar in marble tarsia and a beautiful wooden triptych, in addition to a crucifix from 1700, evidence of the oldest origins of which the small mountain town, unfortunately, has little. The documented history of Rivisondoli is located between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, roughly like that of the two neighboring centers, although the first mention dates back to the eighth century with the Diploma of Grimoaldo II, duke of Benevento, in 724. The historical core, still well identifiable also through the location of the doors that allowed access to the village (visible Porta Antonetta, fifteenth century, and the one near Palazzo Sardi), has predominantly a collection of urban structure, with houses that overlook on an original reticular road system made of narrow streets and stairways, typical of the seventeenth-eighteenth century and with a walled enclosure (terraced houses) to the north-west defensive of the ancient settlement. In the oldest part are still some architectural emergencies, survived at the time, telluric and war events, as well as the modernization of the last decades: the baronial palace, with the facing church of S. Anna and the beautiful church of Suffragio, eighteenth century. A fervor of initiatives is recorded after the earthquake, disastrous for the whole of Abruzzo, in 1706, which attests to the desire for rebirth and the stubborn attachment of the inhabitants to their country. A community that has worked and fought over the centuries and since its distant origins. Analyzing the name of the country, Rivisondoli, we note that it is composed, according to the thesis of F. Sabatini, from "Rivus" (brook) and "Sondrium" from "Sunder", and can mean "isolated, separate", but also " private land of the master "in a farm. So a story of secluded work, tenacious, but also of rest deserved after the effort (perhaps this is the meaning of the two warriors or putti, lying on the banks of a stream and campers in the municipal coat of arms). The arrival of the Reali d'Italia in Rivisondoli in 1913 marks the beginning of tourism that has its enormous development after the Second World War. The town has now consolidated its name as a summer holiday resort and ski resort among the most important in Abruzzo. In fact, the ski lifts and the slopes of Monte Pratello form with the Aremogna and Pizzalto di Roccaraso a first class ski area in Italy. Rivisondoli is also known for the living nativity scene, an event with great popular participation, unique in its kind, is held every year on January 5 and is made in a suggestive mountain environment.

Provincia: L'Aquila

CAP: 67036

Prefisso: 0864

Altitudine: 1365m


41.8686442, 14.0669139

The Sanctuary preserves a miraculous image of the Madonna and Child (stone bas-relief). It was erected at the end of the 16th century in the place where, according to tradition, the effigy of the Virgin, transported from distant lands, became so heavy that it could no longer be removed.

Palazzo Fanzago (1626-1642), so called in reference to its designer Cosimo Fanzago (from Bergamo), was intended to house the monastery of the Poor Clares of S. Scolastica. It is the most interesting public building, characterized by six large baroque niches (fake windows) that alternate with a closed and broken crown gable on the main facade, overlooking the Town Hall Square.

In ancient times considered sacred and dedicated to Jupiter, the Bosco di Sant'Antonio is one of the most beautiful beech woods in Abruzzo. It extends for 17 hectares between the ridges of Monte Pizzalto and Monte Rotella.

Rock church of the XII/XIII century (rottoes and hermitage) opens at 1,266 m asl at the foot of a cliff that overlooks the Fourth Great, on the slopes of Mount Pizzalto, in front of Colle Riina where Lombard tombs have been found.