Anversa degli Abruzzi, in the Province of L’Aquila, is in the club of the Italian most beautiful villages. It is situated 660 m above sea level and overlooks the valley of Sagittario river, on the road to Cocullo, Villalago and Scanno. The poet Gabriele D’Annunzio from Pescara set in it one of its masterpiece: “La fiaccola sotto il moggio”.
In Anversa degli Abruzzi’s territory there are the wonderful Sagittario Gorges Nature Reserve and the very ancient necropolis of Peligns. The ruins of the Norman castle are on the top of the borough, in which the XI century’s church of Sa Marcello and the XVI century’s church of Sainta Mariadelle Grazie are worthy of remark. Unfortunately, only ruins have been left of other churches.
From 2002, only by reservation, it is possible to visit the places in which D’Annunzio’s tragedy was set thanks to D’Annunzio Narrative Park.
In Anversa degli Abruzzi there was a valuable production of ceramics from XV century to the last postwar period, when the suction of Cavuto river to produce electricity stopped the handicraft and made the graduated depopulation of the borough start, an evidence of how the human exploitation of the environment may harm man himself.