Prezza, vista aerea

Prezza (AQ) is located in the foothills of the mountain called with the same name at an altitude of 580 meters above sea level, this privileged position is like a balcony overlooking the Peligna Valley and the view extends from Maiella chain to Gran Sasso and Sirente mountains, as saying : two National and one Regional Parks. There are many versions with which so many people compete in the search for the origins of the name Prezza, but it is interesting to know that the village was mentioned in the famous " Chronicon" (887 AD) of the Benedictines of San Clemente a Casauria among their possessions. In order to find the origins of the village you have to look further back in time because traces have been found ( tombs , remains of ancient buildings, inscriptions, etc...etc... ) of pre-Roman and Roman times. With the acquisition of the village by the abbot of San Clemente, Prezza is fortified and it becomes one of the most important defensive points in the Peligna Valley. Even today it is possible to guess traces of the walls between the old houses that make up the center of the village.

Ancient earthquakes , emigration , abandonment have reduced the heart of this ancient village in melancholy ruins. Today the decadents houses are slowly coming back to life thanks to restructurings executed by foreigners and enthusiasts. This not intrusive economy combined with a qualified agricultural, as the cultivation of the red garlic, artichoke, olive oil and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine, could lead to new life " Praezam Corfinii Praesidium ", as Prezza was appealed in the fifteenth century. Arches, walkways, alleys, stairways and spontaneous architecture of the old center will offer medieval atmosphere images to photographic lens.

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