was the name of this locality before the advent of Normanni,
that gave it the Aversa name at the beginnig of the II millenium.
Other etymo of its name could be due to its geographic position:
ad versus (in the vicinity of), with reference to the waters
of Sagittario valley.
Surely since the 1150 Anversa degli Abruzzi
was already an important center that belonged to count Simone
di Sangro, representative of a family that managed the power
until 1431. This family wanted the construction of the Norman
castle (sec. XII) unfortunately ruined from the earthquake
of 1706 must.
The village hits for the typical atmosphere made of tight
alleys and unexpected passages under arches.
We remember the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie
(sec. XVI) with the beautiful Renaissance portal (1540) and
magnificent rosone (1585) and Romanesque Church of
S. Marcello (XI sec.) with an elegant late gothic
It is worth the effort of reach the panoramic viewpoint on
the Sagittario valleys and go downhill then to visit the rests
of the church of S. Maria ad Nives and the
adjacent monastery (IX sec.).
In Anversa the poet Gabriel Dannunzio setted "the
best one of my tragedies”: Fiaccole sotto il moggio.