Anversa degli Abruzzi, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

This picturesque village lies at the entrance of the spectacular canyon known as the Gole del Sagittario; in the medieval fortress, rebuilt in the XV century by the Count of Sangro, Gabriele D'Annunzio set his La fiaccola sotto il moggio.


  • Altitude: 660 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: 96 km
  • Population: ca. 450 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67030
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0864
  • How to reach it: A25, exit Cocullo, then state road; by bus, from Sulmona; by train, line Sulmona - Castel di Sangro.


Even if a necropolis dating back to the IV century B.C. was found at nearby Cave della Rena, Anversa is a medieval village, and belonged to many different families, among which the Di Sangro, Caldora, Di Procida, and Belprato. In the early XX century the town was famous for its "pignatari" (potmakers).

What to see

  • XVI-century Church of Madonna delle Grazie.
  • The church of S. Marcello, with a fine Gothic portal.
  • The remains of the medieval citadel.
  • The Flora and Fauna Museum, located in an old watermill.
  • Oasi Naturale delle Gole del Sagittario an important W.W.F. protected area.

Events and Festivities

  • 16 January: Feast of S. Marcello, with the traditional bonfires.
  • Good Friday Procession
  • First Sunday in July: Feast of Madonna delle Grazie
  • August: Celebration of the patron Saints.

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