Village of Villalago
Municipality of Villalago
Province of L'Aquila
Altitude centre: 930 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Municipality of Villalago
Via Iafolla Corrado - Villalago (AQ)
Tel. +39 0864 740134
Pro Loco VIllalago
Piazza Celestino Lupi - Villalago (AQ)
Tel. +39 0864 740567
Situated in a dominant position with respect to the Sagittarius' Gorges under the mountain group of Mount Genzana, the village of Villalago collects in its territory historical evidences dating back to time peligna and Roman times, as well as an interesting natural environment, formed by the Lake Scanno and from the Sagittarius' Gorges.
In the locality of San Pietro, where the eponymous Benedectine monastery (XI century-XVI) was found a Roman epigraph, dating back to the II century A.D. in the locality of Villa Vecchia, there were found generic remains of an enclosure of Primitive Age, probably apppartenuti to an ancient fortified settlement of origin Peligna. Between le Contrade Casale and pigsty, finally, the remains of a floor with residues of walls, 26 statues of Hercules, clavate and with leonté (lion skin), and finally a small ox did envisage the presence of a small place of worship dedicated to Hercules, widespread in the Valley of the Sagittarius and in the Valley of Sulmona.
You do not have certain news and documented by the fall of the Roman Empire of the West to the period of the barbarian invasions. During the Longobard period Villalago was annexd to the Duchy of Spoleto. In this period the contado peligno became valvense region. Around the VIII century begins to be mentioned the locality of Flaturno, cited again in 996. Between the end of the X century and the first twenty years of the following century San Domenico abbot lived near Villalago, in the locality of Plataneto or Prato Cardoso where he built an altar in honor of the Trinity.
In the years around the year one thousand the village is mentioned as Villa de Lacu when it was founded by settlers from various areas, as attracted religiously from the monastery of San Pietro in Lake, the remains of which are still visible at about a kilometer north of Villalago. The motivation to call the place Villa de Lacu or Villam de Lacu instead that the Castrum de Lacu would be attributed to the fact that the country was a place not surrounded by walls and open with single structure not only the defensive in Rocca but also political-economic.
After the death of San Domenico and the monastery of San Pietro entered in full possession of the Counts of Valva, whose dominion easurisce in XV century approximately. In 1568 Villalago declared University and autonomous municipality. In this way the village was never subject to the feudalism. With the collapse of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was absorbed by the Kingdom of Italy and following the revocation of pastoralism the country was affected by emigration, then it is tried to fill this phenomenon with crafts, tourism and the environment.
Among other feudal families there were the Manso (in 1621), with the famous scholar Giovanbattista, the biographer of the rate. Between the nineteenth and twentieth century resented the influence of bourgeois family of wolves, as pointed out in the name of the main square of the village, entitled to the lawyer Celestino Wolves, died during the first world war. After eversion of the feuds follow the fortunes of the nearby Scanno and, in lower tone, Anversa degli Abruzzi.
Certainly deserve a visit the Hermitage of San Domenico, the parish church of the Madonna di Loreto, the church of San Michele Arcangelo, Norman, the fortress of Villalago, from which you can enjoy a splendid view on the Sagittarius' Gorges, and finally the museum of arts and popular traditions, housed in the old town hall.
NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.