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ARTS E CULTURE
Grotta Ciccio Felice
The prehistoric and archaeological artefacts include: the Ciccio Felice Cave on the slopes of Mount Salviano; a prehistoric settlement that was discovered close to the Circonfucense provincial road, in line with Road 6. The archaeological excavations within the area which was formerly the Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew in via Orazio Mattei.
Fontana monumentale trecentesca
The civic fountain, the symbol of the town, is situated on one side of Piazza del Popolo and it recalls the style of the fountains in the Viterbo area as well as the Fontana Maggiore in Perugia. A 14th century niche with a high cusp and stone trefoil arches closes the upper part of the fountain, in the centre of a large polygonal tank. The monument is framed by stone walls on which a fountain trough protected by a lowered arch and a series of recipients to water animals; above these there is the niche with the image of an enthroned Madonna and child, called the Madonna dell’Uccellino (Our Lady of the Little Bird), situated among Angels and figures of Saints. A long stone seat recalls the fatigue of women who waited their turn there in order to fill their container with water and to take it back home on their heads and it also represents a meeting place where women could gossip.
Torre medioevale dell’orologio
The fortified town walls encompass the beautiful Porta dei Santi (Gate of Saints) with a pointed ashlar arch upon which the Clock Tower rises with its defensive constructions, trap doors and brackets. Perhaps the clock dates back to the 15th century, it represents the proof that Fontecchio was once a prosperous area, it was a resting and trading place along one of the routes of the “Via degli Abruzzi”.
Was an ancient Italic town occupying a lofty location (1,000 m) at the foot of the Monte Velino, Abruzzo, central Italy. Its remains are today in the comune of Massa d'Albe. Useful Tips: we recommend a visit accompanied by local tour guides Info: Coop. Alba Fucens, Tel. +39 0863/449642 - E - mail: email@example.com - Website: www.albefucens.info
The silver processional cross, dating back to 1377, is the work of the goldsmith Paolo di Meo Quatraro from Sulmona; the oval plate affixed to the same reads as follows: HOC OPUS FECIT FIERI FR. ANDREAS ABBAS S. JOHANNIS DE COLUMENTO PER MANUS MAGISTRI PAULI MEI DE QUATRARIIS DE SULMONAThe cross, commissioned by the Abbot Andrea Agnifili, on one side bears the image of the Crucifix and on the other the symbols of the four Evangelists. It is made of embossed gilded silver: it measures. 0.72 x 0.59m. Its arms have the background decorated with plant frieze motifs and at the ends there are trefoils. On the “head” side there are: the Crucifix, in the trefoils there is a pelican, the Virgin Mary, St. John and the Calvary scene with a skull; below the pelican there is the tree of earthly Paradise with the snake. Instead, on the “tail” side, in the centre there is Saviour sat on a throne who is carrying out the act of blessing, with a globe in his left hand, while in the trefoils there are the symbols of the four Evangelists. Moreover, the arms have three medallions that were previously enamelled. Gilt copper spheres protrude from the edges. The gilt copper knot is embossed with leaf motifs and it is adorned with six enamelled medallions with figures of Saints. Underneath the figure of the Saviour, there is a plaque written with Gothic font bearing the abovementioned wording. The cross is currently kept by His Eminence the Metropolitan Bishop of L’Aquila.
Villa Romana Imperiale - San Potito
These are the excavations of a Roman Villa dating back to about the 1st century A.D. that could have been the summer residence of Patricians and Roman emperors as can be seen from the discovery of mosaics, frescoes, floorings, tombs and coins of the Emperor Hadrian which have come to light probably after the draining of Lake Fucino. The Villa probably belonged to Lucio Vero, brother of Marcus Aurelius, and it was used up to the end of the 3rd century. In Medieval times, the same was transformed into an ecclesiastical building the remains of which have been found. The most important artefacts have been catalogued and kept in the Parish church of St. Potito.
Civitas di Superaequum
The Subequana valley as we see it today, consists of several medieval hamlets that in the past hosted “pagus” and “vicus”. These were organised after the end of the social war that took place in the 1st century B.C. establishing the Civitas di Superaequum (the third Civitas of the Paeligni together with Sulmo and Corfinium) which survived until the 4th-5th century D.C. when there was a sudden abandonment of the pagi and the vici of the plain area and there was a simultaneous, mysterious increase in the death rates. The works worthy of mention include the Paleo-Christian tombs of Castelvecchio Subequo and the temple of Castel D’Ieri, which can still be seen. In the Secinaro territory, the archaeological area still partially unexplored can be found at the foot of the town, on the main road leading towards Sulmona and on the right of which the San Gregorio-Salitto-Ira ridge can be seen where there are also ancient road, the remains of Roman opus incertum walls, several artefacts are now kept in the Town Hall and in the museum under construction, remains of a small temple, stone blocks and inscriptions engraved in the fountains in San Gregorio and Cambra, the fountain in Casale, an archaeological site dating back to the Aeneolithic era and finally commemorative inscriptions such as the one on the cemetery church in Gagliano Aterno.