Zavattarello has a central part dominated by Dal Verme Castle, where houses and roads mantain their ancient atmosphere: it's the medieval borough, born in XIII century, which is called "Su di dentro" (Inner high town) because of the ancient strong defensive walls. Down "Su di dentro" there's the most recent town.
You can enter the medieval village from Dal Verme Square, trespassing a stone arch under a tower.
After the arch, on the left, you can see the guards' place. The little road was in the medieval period the main road of Zavattarello, bringing to the Castle. The firs street on the right, after a building which was used as a prison, is Vicolo dell'Abate.
You can notice on doors and windows of ancient houses crosses reliefs in arenaria stone, indicating the priests' homes, and in particular there's a ceramic relief over a door representing Holy Mary with Jesus: this is a work coming from XVII century.
In the modern part of Zavattarello you'll find all the services for citizens and tourists: shops, recreation, monuments, schools, pharmacy, post office, doctor, Carabinieri, Forest Police, banks, retirement home. Everything is sorrounded by nature, peace and serenity. Time seems different from the rest of the world: tradition and modernity merges in a perfect equilibrium.