LAURENZANA

In the higher part of Val d’Agri, not too far from Anzi, is where one will find Laurenzana, a small and striking holiday centre dominated by the ruins of a castle and its Chiesa Madre (Mother Church).

History

Laurenzana’s geographic position immediately suggests the reasons for its birth: it was a defensive stronghold under the Normans (XI century), who probably built the fortress on a previous Longobard castle.

Laurenzana passed hands to the Swabians in the XIII century and participated in the Ghibelline Revolts against the Angioiniansans (1268), later paying the consequences.
Carlo I d’Angio gave it in fief to Annibaldo Trasmundo.

With the advent of the Aragonese to the throne of Naples (1442), Laurenzana knew diverse feudatories among which the following families: Orsini del Balzo, Poderico (until the XV century); Loffredo, Filangieri; De Ruggiero; Quarto di Vaglio and Belgioioso.

Laurenzana adhered immediately to the Liberal motions of 1820 by also hosting a Rivendita Carbonara (Smaller city associations linked to the Carbonari movement which promoted independent ideas). It renewed its Renaissance and liberal spirit during the 1848 motions which led to its unification into the Reign of Italy (1861).

Later on, as with other places in Southern Italy, it experienced depopulation and the migration phenomenon (XIX century).

During recent years, it has been appreciated as a holiday centre, thanks also to its close proximity to the Abetina natural reserve, allowing pleasant naturalistic excursions.

A visit to the City

Climbing towards higher ground, one will come across the Madonna del Carmine Church (XIII century), and a monument to those who died in the war in Piazza S. Silvestro. Crossing the historical centre made up of stone houses, one will finally arrive at the Chiesa Madre at the summit of the village. The church is dedicated to S. Maria dell Assunta and was constructed in 1212.
Nearby, in Belvedere, one can enjoy the panorama over the surrounding valleys.

The solitary Castle ruins lie on the cliff, splendour of an ancient past.

Close to the village of Laurenzana, one can take interesting naturalistic excursions in the Abetina Natural Reserve and Lata Forest.

Place of interest

The S. Maria dell’Assunta Chiesa Madre(XIII century); Madonna del Carmine Church (XIII century); Ruins of the Byzantine Longobard Castle; Ex S. Maria ad Nives Convent (XVI century); S. Maria Coronata or Potentissima Church; Monument to the Fallen (Piazza S. Silvestro); Abetina Natural Reserve; Lata State Forest; Acqua della Pietra Fountain.

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