Anversa degli Abruzzi

 

"The mountains are barren, jagged, frightful, with sheer drops; the river gurgles between the rocks, falls in cascades, wanders off in rivulets, gathers in pools": this is a traveler’s romantic impressions of Anversa degli Abruzzi, a small village in the province of L’Aquila, in Abruzzo.
A charming atmosphere reigns among the tiny streets and arched passageways of the medieval village, mostly made of local stone, but its pride is the natural reserve of Gole del Sagittario, WWF refuge since 1991, one of Europe's richest natural areas.

Anversa degli Abruzzi is dominated by the ruins of the Norman castle (12th cent ), now a scenic backdrop of ruins, and by Castrovalva, a mediaval village immortalized in 1930 by the Dutch artist M.C. Escher in a famous lithograph, conserved in the National Gallery of art in Washington.

Handicraft distinguishes this small town in Abruzzo; the typical artefacts are the "pignata", an earthenware pot used for cooking beans, and the "cucù", a ceramic whistle with a particular sound. You have to try the smoked ricotta of Anversa, characteristic taste of Abruzzo, certified by the gold medal at the Mountain Cheese Olympics in 2002.

 

To see
 

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie – Church of sixteenth century with a rich Renaissance portal and a beautiful rose window (1585).

Church of San Marcello - Romanesque church (XI century) with late Gothic portal, decorated with a fresco of Virgin and Child seated between two saints.

Church of Santa Maria ad Nives - The remains of the church and monastery, which belonged to the Benedictine monks as early as the 9th century.

Ancient village of Castrovalva

Natural reserve of Gole del Sagittario - WWF refuge

 
To taste
 

Smoked Ricotta – Typical mountain cheese.

Quagliatelli and beans - Peculiar dish made with handmade pasta and beans.

Little goan with "cacio e uovo" - Traditional shepherds recipe.

Pizzelle – Special dessert made with a special handmade iron.