martedì 7 febbraio 2012

We talk to our foreign friends of Lucoli

A bit of History: the origin
From the diminutive Luculus used by Horace and Svetonius to signify the end grove. Comes the name Lucoli. So it is the peculiarity of the forested land that inspired the name. The foundation of the monastery of St. John the Baptist, certainly the most significant cultural heritage of the area goes back to 1077. Among the properties of St. John are mentioned the various churches in the district, many of which still exist
Lucoli  was one of the villages who participated to the founding of L’Aquila city. Lucoli belonged to the quarter called S.Giovanni  that now is known as S.Marciano.
A beautiful setting with ancient towns - The belfry of the Church of the Blessed Cristina (1590)  - photo by Gianni Soldati


Painting of the Holy Trinity (Giulio Cesare Bedeschini -1560) Abbey of St. John the Baptist kept in the right aisle 


Immersed into wild nature

From the geological point of view, most of the territory is made up of limestone and reflects the characteristics of the Gran Sasso chain, Sirente Velino. Many sinkholes are visible of small and medium size.
A special mention must be made of the plateau of Campo Felice. It is an ancient lake bed located at 1,550 m above sea level, and the last remnants of aquifers date back about 500 years. There are several opportunities in the territory. The unique nature in these unspoilt part is certainly the first resource: forests, a vast plateau in Campo Felice, valleys, several unique habitats and forms enjoyable in every season.

Hiking, walking, cycling, horse riding or skiing, are all possible in this unique place, just one hour from Rome.

Campo Felice the snow lake

The sunset in the mountains from Sebastiani refuge


The summer dawn view from Sebastiani refuge
Rare flora
The flora is very rich in  Lucoli. 1050 species have been recorded and many are still to be determined. Some species in the area are of great botanical interest. Some of these are very vulnerable and at risk of extinction. Many species, including the Lily and the Turk's cap lily, are rare. Orchids. In Abruzzo there are recorded 70 species and 38 are those are in Lucoli.



 Villages of Lucoli
Collimento, Casamaina, Lucoli Alto, Vado Lucoli, Spogna, Spognetta, Colle, Casavecchia, Piaggia, Prata, Peschiolo, Santa Croce, Francolisco, San Menna, Sant'Andrea, Prato Lonaro
The earthquake of of 2009 April 6th has severely affected the area. A process of reconstruction aimed the recovery of urban heritage has starded. The villages has unfortunately threatened by the real possibility of being abandoned becomes very complex and costly reconstruction.
The Church of the Blessed Cristina in the Colle di Lucoli Villa- photo by Roberto Soldati

We look forward to Lucoli, who among our readers wanted information about the territory please write us we will respond with pleasure.

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