ANZI

Anzi is a characteristic village of the splendid Val d’Agri. It is positioned on the summit of Mount S. Maria and dominates the surrounding territory.

History

A Necropolis was found dating back to the Iron Age, which confirms the existence of human settlements on Mount S. Maria since ancient times. It was known as Anxia and was a lively cultural centre during the Greek era (V century BC). It is famous for its potters and the high quality of vase production.

In more recent times it was firstly a Longobard then Norman (XI century) stronghold.
Anzi was always in contention due to its strategic position and during the Angioiniansan and Aragonese eras, from time to time it was fief of numerous nobiliary families, among which we can cite: the De Ligario, the Malasorte, the Gallard, the De Guevara and the Carafa.

After the brief Republican experience linked to the demise of Bonaparte in Italy (1799) and the Republic of Naples (1806-1815) period, Aliano and Basilicata returned as the Reign of Two Sicilies property under the Bourbons until the moment of the Unification of Italy (1861).

A visit to the City

The area offers stupendous panoramic views overlooking the Agri Valley, and the S. Maria Church, from its slightly off centre position on the summit of Mount S. Maria, preserves precious frescoes in its interior. Not too far away, one can visit the ruins of the Norman Church (XI century).

One must not miss a visit to the Romanesque Santa Lucia Church and the Baronial Zampaglione building.

Places of interest

The Santa Maria Church; San Giuliano Church, Castle Ruins (XI century); S. Domenico Church; Santa Lucia Church; Sant’Antonio Church and the Baronial Zampaglione building.

Events

The Rafanata Festival and the parade of allegorical wagons on 7th and 8th March.

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