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Anversa degli Abruzzi: the flower of Sagittarius. Hospitality. How to get there



Anversa degli Abruzzi is situated on a rock outcrop, 575 meters above sea level and it dominates the last stretch of the striking Gorges of Sagittarius. The ancients named it the "Valley of the Flute Player ". At his feet, springs the source of Cavuto which produces very pure water with therapeutic properties. It is in this stretch that once, before its course was blocked by a dam built in 1927, the Sagittario River, which was the ancient and medieval Flaturnus, doubled its capacity.
Traversed by the winding and spectacular Highway 479, which runs along the side of the mountain, overlooking the frightening Gorges, it reaches Villalago and Scanno. Anversa degli Abruzzi acts as a link between the natural Peligna Valley and Upper Valley of Sagittarius.

Anversa degli Abruzzi is an ancient village, whose origins date back to the Bronze Age (as shown by the various cemeteries that surround it). It is a place that has inspired many poets and intellectuals throughout history, and indefatigable travelers and adventurers in search of stories to tell.

It was in Anversa degli Abruzzi that the ancient and noble family of Belprato, in 1500, founded and stabilized the Accademia degli Addormentati, and it was always here that the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, in love with these breathtaking views, set his best tragedy, La Fiaccola sotto il moggio.
This is why today Anversa degli Abruzzi hosts a literary park in honor of the poet of Pescara. 

The village of Anversa is divided into two parts, it is divided by Highway 479 and Piazza Roma, which is the heart of the town and where the residents are still used to meeting. The upper part is dominated by the Norman Castle, of which only the tower remains. The lower part, however, develops through a maze of streets, a labyrinth of arches, stairs and narrow rues. Here it is easy to get lost and find yourself in front of a breathtaking panoramic view. The only clue that you can follow to guide you is the sound of thunderous water that gets stronger as you get closer to the valley floor.

And it’s here, at the end of the town, where there is another of the treasures of Anversa degli Abruzzi: the Nature Reserve of the Gorges of Sagittarius, which has been a WWF oasis since 1991. The reserve extends over 450 hectares and offers nature lovers and hikers surprises and rare beauty.

But this small village of Abruzzo, which has attracted many famous visitors over the course of its history, is also famous for its fine ceramics, some of which have decorated the interior of Villa d'Este in Tivoli. Of those once numerous ceramics workshops, today only a few survive along Via delle Fornaci.

The traveler who arrives at Anversa degli Abruzzi is left with bated breath when suddenly caught by a natural spectacle that is at once both sublime and terrifying. Nestled into the side of a mountain, Anversa overlooks the abyss that opens up before it, that of the Gorges, beyond which another village stands guard over the depth of the valley: Castrovalva, built balanced on rock outcrop and made immortal and famous around the world through the lithographs of MC Escher.

Anversa degli Abruzzi village is the ideal place to start your holiday in Abruzzo, surrounded by nature and exploration of Parks and Reserves, along a route, whose next steps are the villages of Villalago and Scanno.



Hotel, Farm Houses, B&B, Campings in Anversa degli Abruzzi:

Efedra B&B: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Via G.D'Annunzio 25 - Phone: +39 320 5753357
La Porta dei Parchi Farm House: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Via Fonte di Curzio - Phone: +39 0864 49595
Ponte delle Fornaci Farm House: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Loc. Ponte delle Fornaci - Phone: +39 0864 49286 - Mobile: +39 393 0296376


Restaurants, Trattorias, Farm Houses in Anversa degli Abruzzi:

  • La Fiaccola Restaurant: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Via Duca degli Abruzzi 12 - Phone: +39 0864 49474
  • Le Gole Restaurant: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Via Duca degli Abruzzi 55 - Phone: +39 0864 49490
  • Ponte delle Fornaci Farm House: Anversa degli Abruzzi (L'Aquila) - Loc. Ponte delle Fornaci - Phone: +39 0864 49286 - Mobile: +39 393 0296376


How to get to Anversa degli Abruzzi:

  • By car from Rome: Take the A24 Highway in the direction of Teramo. Drive through the A25 Motorway in the direction of Pescara and take the exit for Cocullo. From there, drive through the SS479 to Anversa degli Abruzzi.
  • By car from Pescara: Take the A25 Highway in the direction of Rome and take the exit for Cocullo. From there, drive on the SS479 to Anversa degli Abruzzi.
  • By bus from Rome: From the Tiburtina Bus Station in Rome, catch the Schiappa bus to Scanno (timetable: 5.30 - 6.50 - 9.00 - 15.20 - and just on sunday: 21.00). From Scanno, catch a local bus to Anversa degli Abruzzi.
  • By bus from Pescara: From the bus station in Pescara, catch the bus going to Sulmona and get off to Sulmona's bus station and catch the Arpa bus to Anversa degli Abruzzi (timetable: 7.25 - 10.50 - 12.50 - 13.50 - 14.15 - 15.40 - 19.45).
  • By train: Both from Rome and from Pescara, reach Sulmona by train (departures from Rome: 7.47 - 12.35 - 14.05 - 16.20 - 18.30). From Sulmona, catch the Arpa bus to Anversa degli Abruzzi.