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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Favorite thing: There are two churches in Opi. One is the chapel of San Giovanni Battista, described as an example of "sobre Abruzzo Baroque".
Favorite thing: Like most mountain villages, Opi consists of tightly-grouped houses, steep narrow cobbled streets and flights of steps of course!
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