Between nature, history and culinary tradition
Perched on the eastern slope of the Gran Sasso, Arsita is an ancient village rich in fascinating history and traditions. Its alleyways and low houses overlook the Fino Valley, still preserving its medieval fortified structure. The name Arsita only dates to the beginning of the 20th century. The village was previously known as Bacucco, a name still in use in the local dialect.
If you are looking for a relaxing trip to regenerate through nature and food and wine, Arsita is the perfect destination for you. Its narrow streets feature ancient buildings, such as the Church of Santa Vittoria with its unfinished façade, the Castello Bacucco castle that dominates the historic centre and the remains of the city walls. We recommend walking along the Sentiero dei Mulini (Mill Trail) to discover the area’s ancient crafts.
But let’s not forget your palate! Arista will win you over with its maccheroni alla molinara or alla mugnaia, a particularly long type of spaghetti, coatto, a stew made with mutton, and fracchiata, polenta made with grass pea and chickpea flour, the main dish of the local peasant cooking.