Assergi, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo
At 20 km from L'Aquila, Assergi lies just below the imposing Gran Sasso d'Italia. A couple of kilometres away there is Fonte Cerreto ("la Villetta"), with a cableway to the Campo Imperatore skislopes. There are a number of fine churches, 14 fountains and the remains of a medieval castle.
- Altitude: 900 m a.s.l
- Distance from L'Aquila: 20 km
- Population: ca. 500 inhabitants
- Postal code: 67010
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0862
- How to reach it: A24 Roma-L'Aquila-Teramo, exit Assergi; by road, S.S. 17 bis from L'Aquila; by bus, from l'Aquila.
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The village is ancient, and also took part to the foundation of nearby L'Aquila. It is still possible to see the walls that surrounded the medieval citadel.
What to see
- Santa Maria Assunta.
- The church of Madonna del Mulino.
- Three chapels: Madonna della Villa, Madonna del Castello and Madonna del Fiume.
- The Gran Sasso d'Italia
- Nearby, the Grotta a Male, an important destination for speleologists and archaeologists. 420 m long, with a slope of 84 m, the grottos consists of large rooms full of stalactites, with two small lakes and many paleontological traces of prehistoric man.
- A few kms away, on the road leading to Valle del Vasto, it is still possible to admire the beautiful XIII-century San Pietro della Genca, near the remains of an ancient borough, which still witness to the importance of the old monastery economy based on sheep raising.
- A few kms up into the mountains it is possible to reach the spring called Acque di San Franco, where the ancient hermit led his saint life.
Events and Festivities
- 4 e 5 June: S. Franco, patron saint of Assergi
- 27 December: medieval reenactement.