Santa Maria in Ronzano is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Romanic churches in the Abruzzi. It was erected in 1170 in the Mavone Valley, also called Sicilian Valley. Owing to a ruinous fire in 1183, the side where the Benedictine monks' residence used to be was completely destroyed and has never been rebuilt anymore.
The church, restored in the mid twentieth century, has a brick façade with pilasters and blind arches in local white stone. It was meant to be provided with a frontal arcade, which has never been built, while a big circular window faces the Gran Sasso. The interior, which roun