What to see in Anversa degli Abruzzi, an itinerary through one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, along alleys and subways to get to the Church of San Marcello and the Church of the Madonna delle Grazie.
Located at the entrance to the grandiose gorges of Sagittario, Anversa degli Abruzzi is definitely worth a visit especially for its privileged panoramic position.
The ancient village, which is one of those belonging to the Peligna mountain community, is dominated by the remains of a fortress whose construction dates back to 1406, carried out by Antonio di Sangro.
Very suggestive is the atmosphere that can be breathed strolling quietly through the alleys of the medieval village, which is bordered by a wall of houses built above the characteristic subways.
By continuing to walk, you can reach the Belvedere, a beautiful observation point from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Sagittario Gorges.
Continuing the route you first arrive at the church of San Marcello, in Romanesque style dating back to the 10th century, then, once you reach Piazza Roma, you can admire the beautiful Church of the Madonna delle Grazie, which boasts a beautiful portal from 1585 surmounted by a bas-relief depicting the deposed Christ.
The Sagittario Gorges are composed of a series of spectacular gorges located for a few kilometers between limestone rocks carved by the river of the same name and surrounded by mountain peaks that reach average height differences of 700 meters with maximum altitudes of about 1500 meters.
In 1997 the Gorges area was established as a natural reserve following the extension of the WWF protected oasis.
The reserve of the Gorges of the Sagittarius includes about 450 hectares which extend from Anversa degli Abruzzi to the dam of Lake San Domenico near Villalago, following the valley where the Sagittario river winds its way towards the sea.