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Civitella Alfedena: The Middle Ages, the wolves and the wildcats

Monday 15 june 2020

Active tourist center, Civitella Alfedena is located in the heart of the Marsican Mountains. Land of wolves and lynxes, with its typical medieval architecture.

Civitella Alfedena: The Middle Ages, the wolves and the wildcats

Civitella Alfedena is a land of wolves and wildcats. It’s a Medieval village in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. It’s located at 1000 metres of altitude and there’ a high number of animals. When you reach Civitella, a TCI (Italian Touring Club) orange flag, you are impressed by the harmony that features this place with its Medieval architecture and its amazing natural environment. It’s an active tourist destination near the ski facilities of the Godi and the Pescasseroli pass three kilometres from lake Barrea, an artificial basin that is not far from the characteristic village of Villetta Barrea and seven kilometres from the Natural Reserve of Camosciara and its forest that belongs to the Unesco Heritage. Civitella is on the Marsican Mountains that are featured by steep terrains and a wild natural landscape that is very well preserved where the forests of beeches are inhabited by the Marsican bear, the deer and the wolves.

Medieval moods
The village of Civitella Alfadena is set along the sheep track that connected Pescasseroli to Candela; the old village is perched on the top of the populated area and it keeps the typical medieval structure. There’s a bunch of houses and narrow streets and historical buildings dating back to the 17th and the 18th centuries, a round Medieval tower dating back to the 15th century. IN the oldest building of Civitella you can see the Baroque church of San Nicola di Bari that exhibits a beautiful apse and an oil-painted central nave, a national monument dating back to the 17th century, the name of this church clearly marks the link with Puglia. The Sanctuary of Santa Lucia, the fountain, the washtub and the “Saettèra”, a construction dating back to the 16th century on the top of the valley that was aimed at protecting the village. It is called Saettèra because the arrows could be thrown from its narrow slots

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