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Arsita, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo

Arsita In a panoramic position along the river Fino, on the Eastern side of the Gran Sasso d'Italia, in the middle of oak and woods, lies this small medieval village. In its territory there are pre-Roman remains from the VIII century B.C., and Roman coins, floors of buildings and small statues of the early Christian era.

Info

  • Altitude: 470 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Teramo: 36 km
  • Population: ca. 1100 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 64031
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0861
  • Frazioni: Cacciafumo, Collemesolo, Figliolarsita, Pantane, Valleiannina.

History

Called Bacucco until 1905, Arsita rose in the later Middle Ages around a fortified castle called Castello Bacucco, which belonged originally to the Count of Chieti, then to the monks of Montecassino and finally to the Casa d'Este. The village was sold in 1583 to Margaret of Austria Farnese

What to see

  • The remains of the Castello Bacucco, in the uppermost part of the village.
  • The church of Santa Vittoria.
  • The church of Santa Maria D'Aragona, with a fine Madonna con Bambino.
  • The Di Francesco watermill, along the ancient "Sentiero dei Mulini" (mills' path).
  • The Inferno spaccato, a rock-climbing site with modern facilities.

Events and Festivities

  • 17 January: Feast of Saint Antony, with a burlesque performance of the saint's temptations in the desert
  • Second Sunday in August: Sagra "del Coatto", a traditional mutton course
  • 08-09-10 September: Festa Patronale.

Genealogy and Links

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