Small mountain village (750 m above sea level) located in a natural environment of great attraction, crowned by the highest peaks of the Apennines: Corno Grande, Corno Piccolo, Pizzo Intermesoli, Monte Corvo and Monte Gorzano, in the upper Vomano valley. Defined as the "Pearl of the Gran Sasso", Fano, from the Latin Fanum, temple, probably stands on the remains of an ancient Roman settlement. Under the rule of Pardo Orsini, it was part of the Marquisate of the Sicilian Valley, which had its capital in Tossicia, and followed the vicissitudes of the Kingdom until the unification of Italy. Its territory is part of the Gran Sasso Monti della Laga National Park, "Strada Maestra" district.
The historic center, gathered around the mother church, preserves 16th-century architectural features, especially in the "Coro" area and Piazza Prato. Intact medieval corners alternate with modern buildings. Rich in art, traditions and rock landscapes, Cerqueto is the only and important fraction of the Municipality of Fano Adriano. The uncontaminated nature, green and rocky, which surrounds the village, offers glimpses of rare beauty and allows for great excursions. Numerous short and medium-distance itineraries: the Selva and the "Merletti", authentic embroideries of rock that include a gigantic natural arch, the Grotta delle Fate and the "Grigni", mysterious prehistoric pigiatii; on the summit of the homonymous Hill, the shrine of the Annunciation (XVI century); in the valley floor the limpid courses of the Vomano river and of the Rio Arno with the Grottino and the artificial lake of Piaganini.
At 9 km from Fano Adriano, close to the walls of Monte Corvo, the gentle slopes of Pratoselva open up:
new tourist and sport center, both summer and winter, with wide and long slopes, three ski lifts and a two-seater chair lift which, in over two kilometers, leads to Colle Abetone (at 1800 m) on top of which is the Chiesetta dell'Alpino.
To see: the Fonte della Cannalecchia (since ancient times, it has a very fresh water and recognized therapeutic properties); the Church of St. Peter (national monument), built in 1335 on the remains of a Roman temple; the Ethnographic Museum of Popular Traditions of Cerqueto.
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