No Warnings and notice
ARTS E CULTURE
Il Parco Torlonia
The park is situated on a triangular plot of flat land between via Roma and Piazza della Repubblica; in the area which is now known as Torlonia Park, the inhabitants of Avezzano used to leave their wheat to dry. The Park was adorned with trees and bushes as well as a circular fountain by Prince Alessandro Torlonia and his wife at the end of the 19th century, as a present to the citizens of Avezzano. In exchange, the citizens erected a bronze bust in the south corner of the Park in honour of Prince Alessandro Torlonia. In this park, following the earthquake of 13th January 1915, the survivors from Avezzano.
Conceria e centro visite del Capriolo
The ancient tannery, immediately outside the town, still has the baths that were used for tanning purposes with their system of water channels and tanks as well as the premises where the skins were hung up to dry; today it hosts the Sirente Velino Roe-deer Visitor centre which can be accessed from a beautiful park rich with age-old springs and plants.
In both the square and on the road that leads up to the tower, these charming workshops, with their stone counters, are the proof that the ancient craftsmen’s tradition of this hamlet, especially as regards shoemakers, is linked to the nearby leather tannery.
Corpo di guardia e museo della memoria
Next to the Gate of Saints, underneath the town clock tower, there is a large area that was probably used as a guard-house yet which, over the course of the centuries, has become a wine cellar and a home; today it hosts a wonderful photography exhibition of both the city of L’Aquila by photographer Roberto Grillo and of Fontecchio with a small touching grotto that re-proposes the dramatic images of the 2009 earthquake. Here there is a collection of Roman and Medieval decorations and epigraphs, discovered during the course of the excavations in the town and the surrounding areas.
The ancient communal oven, which is still operational, has been used by generations of women to bake their bread. A beautiful double mullioned Medieval window towers above the arched entrance to the square.
I sentieri attorno al paese
There is a dense network of paths that allows the visitor to travel far and wide throughout the area surrounding the town, until reaching the enchanting hamlet of Bominaco with its churches, until the “Pagliare” plateau with its woodlands and its sparsely spread houses, until the Stiffe Caves along the valley bottom travelling along the Via di Celestine V; most of the paths have been restored thanks to the “Adotta un sentiero” (Adopt a Path) project, carried out by ILEX, by the Municipality and by the local associations and entities with the support of GAL Gran Sasso Velino.
Although it is still under construction, the Fontecchio botanical garden, situated on a sunny slope at the foot of the town, offers splendid blossoms of local perennial and herbaceous, aromatic and officinal plants.
This majestically dominates the antique access to the town from the “Via de L’Aquila” and it displays an overlapping of styles and elements that date back from the massive square tower of Roman origin which reach up to the Medieval period and then to the 16th and17th centuries.
Fontana delle 99 Cannelle
The Fountain of the 99 Spouts, also known as the Rivera Fountain, is one of the most famous and most important monuments in L’Aquila; it was one of the first to be restored after the 2009 earthquake. Situated in the Rivera area, one of the oldest districts of the historic city centre, close to the river Aterno. The fountain consists of 93 stone mascheron ornaments together with six single spouts from which an abundant quantity of water flows. According to the tradition, the spouts represent the 93 castles that, in the 13th century, took part in the foundation of the city. The fountain, considered to be one of the first civic monuments of L’Aquila and an exaltation of its autonomous origins, was erected according to the project drawings of the architect Tancredi of Pentima in 1272, only a few years after the second foundation of the city, as can be seen on the commemorative plaque on the wall in front of the entrance gate. In any case, Tancredi of Pentima’s intervention was probably limited to the sole creation of the wall situated in front of the entrance. On the other hand, some scholars believe that the present appearance of the fountain dates back entirely to the 15th century. What is certain is that the area that today is called “della Rivera”, corresponds to an ancient castle called Acquili, from which the name of the city derives and which, at the time of its foundation, represented a strategic area due to the abundance of water and the countless artisanal activities which had becom.
La Fontana del Rognone
The more than 100 year old Rognone fountain dates back to 1881. The large bath-drinking trough, originally positioned obliquely with respects to the fountain itself, was moved to its current position in the early 1950s.
Trees have always played an important role in symbology, legends and daily language, they are often found in unusual places for the species to which they belong. The plant heritage represented by monumental trees is characterised by three orders of value: naturalistic value, the monumental trees are an expression of the environment and of the climatic and geographic characteristics; the artistic value, monumental trees are natural works of art and finally the cultural value, monumental trees are historical evidence. By means of decree n.72 dated 14.09.2012 and they have been declared "natural monuments” for their landscape, naturalistic and/or historic value; 370 plants of significant importance can be found within the Abruzzo region. Seven trees with 3 different wood types have been identified also within the municipality of Rocca di Mezzo (Fagus sylvatica L. - Populus nigra L. - Salix caprea L.), which correspond to the requirements of monumental trees. For further information on this topic, it is possible to consult the book by Caterina Artese "Alberi Monumentali d'Abruzzo" (Monumental Trees in Abruzzo) available at the Town Hall.
Castello di Rovere
Rovere, hamlet of Rocca di Mezzo, dating back to ancient times, still has the remains of its castle, the foundation date of which is unknown, situated on a rocky spur in the shape of a triangular fortress with circular towers on its top. It is possible to visit the Archaeological Museum with artefacts that have been discovered in the excavations (ceramic crockery, metallic artefacts such as nails, zips, hinges, glass material, Renaissance majolica, etc.). The most important artefacts are kept within the Science Antiquity Department of the "G. D'Annunzio" University in Chieti.
The crater is situated on the Sirente Plain between Secinaro and Rocca di Mezzo and it can easily be reached from the road. The largest crater has raised edges, it is egg-shaped it hosts a lake, while in the North-West area there are several circular hollows caused by the fall of fragments produced during the impact with the atmosphere. Radiocarbon dating has made it possible to estimate the date of the impact to have been around 421 A.D. +/- 40 years. Moreover, the core samples obtained have not highlighted the classic stratigraphic overlapping but a homogeneous sample. However further studies are necessary to confirm this discovery.
La Neviera del Sirente
This permanent snow-house is situated at 2,030 m. at the foot of the dolomitic slope of the Mount Sirente in an area which is not exposed to direct sunlight, represents an interesting destination for trekking enthusiasts that can be easily reached by the Sirente chalet, near to Secinaro. The freezing industry was, until last century, one of the main sources of wealth for the town together with the harvesting of wood in the age-old beech forests. Ancient techniques allowed the preparation and transport of blocks of ice to distant locations such as Rome and Foggia, where rich people already in ancient Roman times, could afford the precious goods to be used both for therapeutic purposes and for food preparation and preservation. Several documents visible on the Town Hall website show tenders that are carried out every year.