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Assergi: the History

The history of Assergi begins before the Roman conquest. The village was founded by the Vestinos, the Italic people living in Italy before the birth of Rome.
The ancient Assergi was built two kilometers from where the current town is located. Initially it was built in a place named "Ju Forne" and the village was called Prifernum, meaning "before the oven", because it was famous for the silica processing in the ovens near the village.

During the Roman Age, Prifernum became a military encampment and was named Castrum Asserici, and was populated by the people working with the silica processing.

The current Assergi village was founded during the medieval age, when  the Santa Maria in Silicem monastery was founded, from which the village takes its name, as we can read in a Pope Alessandro III's document. The monastery was destroyed and in that place another church was built, which preserves San Franco's mortal remains, the saint hermit who died in a cave near Assergi and San Pietro della Ienca.

In the XIII century, Assergi was one of several towns contributing to build L'Aquila. Then, it became a part of the Caffarelli-Cenci family feud.

In the XVIII century, the village was part of the Commune of Camarda, which was abolished in 1927. And during the Fascist age, the town became an important touristic center: in fact, it was built the Gran Sasso's Cableway, which linked the close Fonte Cerreto with the mountain of Campo Imperatore.

Today, Assergi continues to host many tourists who want to ski or to spend their holidays in the heart of the Nature, in the Gran Sasso's National Park. However Assergi is also very important because of the famous Gran Sasso National Laboratory, where recently the particle that is faster than light was found.

    Below, one of the most moving video played in Assergi in 1978: the life of the people living these places lives again in the eyes and hearts of us watching that. The History becomes Life...