Amandola, the most important town in the Sibillini National Park is a mere 10 minutes from our apartments. Here the magic, art, history and folklore are interwoven with the reality of today.
Amandola's name apparently derives from the beautiful Fillide who, according to mythological history, whilst desperately searching for her love, arrives in Amandola. As she can not find him anywhere, she believes he is dead and sadly kills herself. It is said the Gods then transformed her mortal body into an almond tree. From this comes the name "Amandola" (almond = mandorlo!).
For lovers of art and history, are the major churches and museums to visit:
Abbey of Saints Vincenzo and Anastasio (XIII Century) which is 600 metres from our apartments.
Church of Sant'Agostino
Monastery of S. Lorenzo and Church of S. Pietro (Benedictine Monastery)
Convent and Church of Cappuccini
Church and Cloister of San Francesco
Church of SS. Trinità
Church of S. Maria a Piè D'Agello
Chiesa dei SS. Ruffino e Vitale ( 6 Km from Amandola)
Church of S. Pietro in Castagna (3 Km from Amandola)
Museum Cultura Contadina (Peasant Culture)of Anthropology and Geography.
There are some colourful lively events which are held in Amandola every year:
Carnival “De li Paniccià”. The name "Paniccià" come from a nickname given to the Amandolesi (people of Amandola) who in the past dyed fabrics for shoes. The Carnival is a parade of floats and masked people along Amandolas main street and culminates in a awards ceremony for the best entry.
Canestrelle. This procession is held on the last Sunday in August and is to give thanks to Beato Antonio, the patron Saint of Amandola. The parade exhibiting the fruit of the harvest, in this case wheat, starts in a small piazza and proceeds to the Church of Saint Agostino.
Diamanti a tavola. ( Diamonds on the Table) This event is on the 2nd Sunday in November and White Truffles from the Sibillini area as well as other typical foods are displayed and sold. The streets are filled with smells and flavours typical to our region.