Anversa degli Abruzzi (AQ): A commune (area: 31.78 km²; alt 560 m) in the province of L’Aquila. Population: 409 (2006e); 439 (1991). It is located 39 km SE of L’Aquila, situated on the left bank of the river Sagittario. An important hydroelectric plant is located here.
History: Archaeological evidence shows that the area was inhabited as early as the 4th century BC. The existing center is of medieval origins. It was a fief to various noble families including the Di Sangro, caldora, Di Procida, and Belprato. Early in the 20th century a notable ceramics industry developed here.
Major earthquakes were felt here in 1706, 1901, 1915, 1933, 1980, and 1984.
Points of Interest: Archaeologists have excavated an ancient necropolis dating back as far as the 4th century BC.
The church of Madonna delle Grazie has a doorway dating from 1540. In the sacristy is a painting of SS. Michele e Francesco, a work of the 15th century Sulmona School.
The Chiesa Parrocchiale contains a number of frescoes dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The church of S. Marcello has an interesting Gothic portal.
There are remains of a medieval tower.
There is a museum dedicated to the local flora and fauna located in an old windmill.
Culture: The feast of the town’s patron saint, S. Marcello, is celebrated on January 16.
During Easter Week, there is a Good Friday procession.
The feast of the Madonna della Consolazione is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in September.