Villetta Barrea is a small village in the district of l’Aquila, in Abruzzo. Its included in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, and in the Alto Sangro e Altopiano delle Cinque Miglia mountain community. The village overlooks the Barrea Lake, an artificial lake created in the 50s with the barrage of the Sangro river.
In Villetta Barrea there’s the Water Museum, placed in an old mill dating back to the 400, which is home to several millers tools, photo collections, tools for the wool processing and a pictorial exhibition on the life cycle of water.
The Mother Church of Santa Maria Assunta was built in the 20s, after the destruction of the previous one due to the earthquake. Is still possible to see the baroque altar designed by Bernini, the portal and some interesting paintings.
In the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, dating back to the eighteenth century along with a monastery which no longer exists, there’s a beautiful fresco depicting the Annunciation and the Crucifixion, made around the fifteenth century.
Among the most beautiful spots in Barrea, there’s the Tower of the Castle ward dating back to the fifteenth century, is situated on the highest point. From the terrace of the tower you can admire a beautiful view of the town below and the entire lake. Inside the tower there’s the Museum of the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, with a photo exhibition of all the churches of Barrea, the sacred vestments, and the antique furnishings and numerous documents.