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    Town layout

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 28, 2004
    old house of Opi

    Favorite thing: Opi has fundamental layout particular to it - two rows of houses following the crest of the hill and meeting at the ends with the homes designed for both humans and animals.
    The two storeys facing inward to the street are for the family whereas the two storeys entered from outside the town, are used as stables and storerooms.

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    Opi's Origins

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    Fondillo VAlley

    Favorite thing: The name Opi is supposedly derived from the pagan goddess of abundance to whom a temple was dedicated during the Italic era. This area was in fact the site of very ancient settlements, from the Paleolithic settlement on Monte Marsicano to the pre-Roman tombs in the Fondillo valley.

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    Santa Maria Assunta

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 9, 2003
    Santa Maria Assunta

    Favorite thing: Opi's other church, that of Santa Maria Assunta was erected in the 12th century, but has suffered damaged by earthquakes several times. It was rebuilt after the violent quake in the mid 17th century, and of the originai building only the belltower remains.

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    Chamois Museum

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    Opi main centre

    Favorite thing: We didn' go in - it wasn't open for our visit - but for those interested Opi has a Chamois museum - located in an old building in the town centre. Established in 1992 It chronicles the history of the Abruzzo National Park, and also provides background information on the Abruzzese chamois.
    Note its only open weekends though

    Opening time: Sat. and Sun. 10-13 and 15-19 closed the other days Admission free
    TEL. 0863/910715 - 91955

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    Piazza dei Caduti

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    war memorial

    Favorite thing: Piazza dei Caduti is the little square of Opi with the war memorial. From here there is a fine viewpoint of the Abruzzo national park.

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    Ghost town

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    where are the people??

    Favorite thing: With only 500 inhabitants ..and only a sign of a couple of people, Opi had an air of a ghost town - just like neighbouring Barrea, only smaller.

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    Chapel of San Giovanni Battista

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    Chapel of Opi

    Favorite thing: There are two churches in Opi. One is the chapel of San Giovanni Battista, described as an example of "sobre Abruzzo Baroque".

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    Narrow streets of Opi

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    narrow street

    Favorite thing: Like most mountain villages, Opi consists of tightly-grouped houses, steep narrow cobbled streets and flights of steps of course!

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    Opi

    by sandysmith Written Jul 9, 2003
    hillside Opi

    Fondest memory: Opi stands on the top of a small rise on the plateau, as a sort of watershed between the valleys of the Sangro, Fondillo and Fredda at an altitude of 1250m

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