The village is placed in the plateau of Cinque Miglia and extended on the flank of Monte Calvario.
The small mountain town, whose origins are lost in the mists of time (the first mention dates back to the eighth century AD - Diploma Grimoaldo II, Duke of Benevento, in 724).
Rivisondoli rose in the 12th century in a strategic position along an important military and commercial route, the "Via degli Abruzzi" and was renowned for its production of weapons. A fire almost completely destroyed the village in 1792. Subsequently, the establishment of the Sulmona-Isernia railway helped the development of tourism. In 1913 the Italian Royal Family had its residence here.
The village's economy is based on winter tourism, with many skilifts, chairlifts, hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs.
- History of Rivisondoli in the Highlands of Abruzzo context - Storia di Rivisondoli, nel contesto degli Altipiani Maggiori d'Abruzzo
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