(m 835 s.l.m. – 42° 03’ 36” N – 13° 37’ 36” E)

The City of Collarmele (L'Aquila), ancient Cerfennia (extended from Forca Caruso Mount Imeo towards Terrata Monti, Argatone, Marsicano until the Opi throat to reach the Serra Gravare and Forcad'Acero), is located at the bottom of mountain Sirente - Velino, and has about 900 inhabitants. In the mountain Rimagi (1321 m above sea level), Coppetella (1100 m asl) and Ventrino (1507 m above sea level) to the north - east of the MarsicaFucino and Valla of Bullock and the Valley Subequana which is reached after Ferrata Forca Caruso and over the pass of Forca Caruso (1100 m above sea level), included in the regional natural Park of Sirente -Velino.

From this point up to Pescara, after the restoration work carried out between 48 and 49 A.D. Emperor Claudius, the artery was called "Via Claudia-Valeria."

Among the symbols of Collarmele, whose history is confused between fantasy and mystery, figure the cylindrical tower of the Norman period, 18,45 m high with a diameter of 9.60 m, in alignment with the nearby Tower of Aielli, Castello PiccolominiCelano, the towers of Venus de Marsi, of OrtonadeiMarsi and Sperone in high deiMarsi joy area.

They have to historians Pietro Antonio Corsignani (Celano, 1686 - Celano, 1751), Bishop, author of "ReggiaMarsicana" (1738); Ulisses Carl von Salis-Marschlins (Marschlins 28 September 1762-16 January 1818), Swiss author of Reisen in verscheideneProvinzen des KönigreichsNeapel, - Travel through various provinces of the Kingdom of Naples-Zurich and Leipzig, 1793); Ferdinand Gregorovius (Neidenburg, January 19, 1821 - Monaco of Bavaria, 1 May 1891), German, author of Wanderjahre in Italien, (Pilgrimages in Italy), accounts of his travels in Italy from 1856 to 1877, in five volumes in which he describes locations, curiosities and characters; Nicola Marcone author of "The Lake of the Marsi and its surroundings. Travel in Marsica aftermath of the draining of Lake Fucino "(1886).

From their books we get the legend of Marsyas, a character from Greek mythology, gods of the river of Lydia, came to Italy on the shores of Lake Fucino. He was responsible for the founding of marsican countries, believing the inhabitants marsi his subjects, giving them names of locations oriental: Celene (Celano); Licia (Lecce neiMarsi); Lie down (Corcumello); Cappadocia (eastern town of the same name), Colle Armenian (from the state of the Caucasus, modified Collis Armelis) Collarmele, meaning "old hill". And 'interesting to remember other cities of the ancient Marsi: the capital Marruvium (now San Benedetto deiMarsi), where young people would be left in a "ver sacrum" (sacred spring) that they then found based on the hillside MarrucinorumTeate (Chieti) ; Alba Fucens; Antinum (Civitad'Antino); LucusAngitiae (or Anxa or Lugo deiMarsi); Cerfennia (in the Middle Ages became Collis Armelis (the old hill), so Collarmele, today's location. The town, in 1806, with the abolition of the feudal system, we ritroò aggregate in Pescina, then from 1811 to circle until you are, in 1816, its administrative autonomy. Of which marks the bicentennial.

Destroyed by the 1915 earthquake, with many casualties, the country has been reborn for the tenacious industriousness of its inhabitants.

Places of cultural interest:

  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie

  • Church of Santa Felicita

  • The temple of Santa Maria del Cituro (or Ceturo)

  • The remains of the monastery of San Nicola

  • The war memorial, consisting of a marble sculpture of Italia turrita with a royal crown

  • The wind Park, in the Monte Coppetella

  • The Eduardo De Filippo Hall


Main annual events:

  • September, 23 and 24: feast of Madonna della Mercede

  • July, 9 and 10: feast of Santa Felicita and feast of seven Figli Martiri

  • Tournée of the “complesso bandistico Armelis” (a “local band”) twinned with the “complesso bandistico” of Rapallo.



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