Anversa

(m 560 s.l.m. – 41° 59’ 41” N – 13° 48° 17” E)

Anversa degli Abruzzi (in the local dialect Anvèrsë) is a municipality in the province of L’Aquila. It is precisely in the Sagittarius valley and it is also part of the circuit of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful villages in Italy). After reaching in 1901 about 1,900 inhabitants, due to a constant emigration Anversa has now about 340 inhabitants. In the extremely beautiful mountain landscape, it is possible to admire the Riserva Naturale Guidata Gole del Sagittario (The natural reserve of the Gorges of Sagittarius) and the hamlet of Castrovalva, located on a spur of picturesque view. Until the 2nd World War ceramics were produced in Anversa and in the main square, today, there is a museum of these ceramics. There were 15 shops in total around the Cavuto springs that provided water for the production that began around the fifteenth century. Then, it has had the greatest exponents and teachers over the 10th and 16th centuries. The majolica produced in Anversa reached Villa d'Este (in Tivoli) and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie Collarmele, works of the Renaissance bearing the signature of Bernardino de Gentili, a native of the place. Then, the canalization of Cavuto to create a dam to supply electricity brought down the production of ceramics in the area, currently reduced to handmade pottery.

Not to be missed:

Places of historic and artistic interest:

  • The Norman castle

  • The Lombardi’s houses (built between 1480 and 1520)

  • Pazziana’s door and San Nicola’s door

  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (XVI century)

  • Church of San Marcello (XI century)

  • Church of Santa Maria ad Nives (IX century)

  • Church of San Vincenzo (XIII century)

  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Church of Santa Maria della Neve (XVI century)

  • Church of San Michele Arcangelo (XII secolo)

  • Necropolis of the Sorgenti del Cavuto (Cavuto’s springs).

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For further information:

www.comune.anversa.aq.it

 

Anversa degli Abruzzi is part of the circuit of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful villages in Italy). Anversa is also the sister city of Illiers-Combray, in France.