MARSICO NUOVO

On a morphologic structure of the Val D’Agri, is where one will find Marsico Nuovo, offering noteworthy panoramic views over the territory.

History

Its name derives from the Marsi, the first population to settle in the territory around the IV century BC., founding Abellinum Marsicum. Even though some people are inclined to believe its name derived from the Latin term Mariscus, with reference to the swamps which were once present around the central habitation.

What is certain is that human settlements were already present during the pre-Roman era. During the Roman Imperial period, some villas were constructed on its territory and from 370 AD, Marsico Nuovo became an Episcopal sea under Bishop Sempronio Grumentino.

After the fall of Rome, it merged into the Ostrogoth Reign (496-535) and after the Greek-Gothic war (535-553) became part of the Eastern Roman Empire.

After being conquered by the Longobards (VI century) and the arrival of the Normans (XI century), Marsico Nuovo was assigned firstly to Rinaldo of Malconvenienza and then Count Silvestro. The participation of the latter in the conspiracy against Guglielmo I, made him lose the Lordship, which then passed to Filippo Guarna.

Under the Swabians (1194), Marsico Nuovo was assigned to the powerful Sanseverino family, who ruled it until 1552.

In 1638, it was the Pignatelli family who bought the fief and had a villa built, which today carries their name, and the Town Hall. Their family governed Marsico Nuovo until 1806, the year of abolition of feudal right under the orders of Giuseppe Bonaparte.

The village was seat of a Rivendita Carbonara (Smaller city associations linked to the Carbonari movement which promoted independent ideas) and actively participated in both the motions of 1820-21 and the subsequent ones of (1860), which led Marsico Nuovo to unification into the Reign of Italy (1861).

Seismic activity destroyed the ancient cathedral during 1857.

A visit to the City

Climbing up the hills of Marsico, one will see the Medieval towers, which are part of Palazzo Autilio. One will then reach the S. Michele Arcangelo Cathedral dating back to the XIII century, then reconstructed during the XIX century. It was once again gravely damaged during the 1980 earthquake. Adjacent to the cathedral, one can visit the beautiful San Gianuario Church. Both churches are embellished with Medieval doorways.

Not too far from Marsico Nuovo one can visit the Maria of Constantinople Sanctuary, containing frescoes in its interior.

Place of interest

The S. Michele Arcangelo Cathedral (XIII century, reconstructed during the XIX century); S. Gianuario Church (XI-XIII centuries); S. M. Assunta or S. Giorgio Cathedral; S. Rocco Church; S. Marco Church (XIII-XIV centuries); S. Maria del Ponte or Constantinople Sanctuary (1593); S. Francesco Convent (1330); Palazzo Navarra; Palazzo Barrese; Palazzo Montesano; Palazzo Ventre-Ragone; Palazzo Manzoni (XII century); Masseria Castle; Palazzo Pignatelli; Excursions to Piana del Lago and the Arioso Forest.

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