|Abruzzo Province of L'Aquila Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi|
Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi
Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Up in the Gran Sasso, against the background of Monte Prema and Monte Camicia, amid splendid oak and leech woods, Villa Santa Lucia rises near an ancient fortress called "il Castelluccio", near a route connecting in the past the Valle Tritana with the Voltigno Plateau. The coat of arms is Santa Lucia with a palm twig in her hand.
Altitude: 850 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: 55 km -- Population: ca. 300 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67020 -- Phone Area Code: 0862 -- How to reach it: road: SS17 from L'Aquila or Pescara, then road to Ofena
Archeological findings show that the area was inhabited in pre-Roman times already, as shown also a dolmen in contrada Castelluccio, megalithic walls in Valle San Nicola, and a number of caves showing traces of prehistoric man. It is recorded as a Vestine settlement as Aufinaes Cismontani, then the Romans attacked and destroyed it. The village rose in the Middle Ages, and was for a long time a "villa" depending from the "universitas" of Ofena. In 1910 only it became an independent municipality, and included also the area of Villa Carrufo. Then a massive emigration of the inhabitants began along with the decline of the traditional pastoral and agricultural economy.
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