MARSICOVETERE

Marsico Vetere is situated in a panoramic position in Val d’Agri. It is an ancient and characteristic village on the southern slope of Monte Vulturino.

History

Its name derives from the Marsi, the first population to settle in the territory around the IV century BC founding Abellinum Marsicum.
What is for certain is that Lucani settlements from the pre-Roman era and the VII century have been discovered in the Pedale le Grotte locality.
Some villas were built during Roman times and the VII century and were called Vetere, after the foundation of Marsico Nuovo.

During the VIII century, Basilian monks arrived and built the S. Elia and S. Giovanni monasteries.

With the arrival of the Normans (XI century), the village was fortified and a castle was constructed. In 1135 it became the property of a noble called Adamo de Avenella.

The Swabians gave the village to Riccardo Filangieri and with the advent of the Angioiniansans (1268) it became the fief of Goffredo de Trizzarello.

Under the Aragonese, Marsico Vetere passed hands to Giovanni Caracciolo (1498) whose family ruled it until 1777. During 1782 feudal power freed.
The population adhered to the Carbonari Motions of 1820, the Renaissance ones of 1848 and finally the Unitarians during 1860.

Seismic activity gravely damaged the village during 1857.
After Unification, it also experience the plague of brigandage and migration across the ocean.

A visit to the City

Marsico Vetere is divided into two suburbs: Villa d’Agri and Barricelle.
Its position offers visitors beautiful panoramic glimpses. In the village, the Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro and Paolo is noteworthy. It preserves a wooden sculpture of the Madonna with Child (XIV century).

In the older part of Marsico Vetere, one can visit the Medieval Tower, some nobiliary buildings, among which we’d like to point out Palazzo Piccinini.

Just outside the habitation, one can visit the S. Maria of Constantinople Convent (1571).

In the valley of the village, one can visit a Necropolis from the IV century BC.

Place of interest

The SS Peter and Paolo Chiesa Madre; Medieval Castle Towers (XI century); Palazzo Piccinini; Palazzo Ziella; Palazzo Tranchitella; Osservanti Convent (1343); S. Maria of Aspro Convent; S. Marie delle Grazie Church; Franciscan Convent of S. Maria of Constantinople (1571); Necropolis (IV century BC); Naturalistic excursions to Monte Volturino; Excursions to the village of Tramútola.

Events

S. Giuseppe Bonfire on 18th March; Feast of San Giuseppe Artesian on 1st May; Feast of San Bernardino of Siena on 20 May; Feast of Sant’Antonio Abate in Villa d’Agri on the first Sunday in June; Feast of the Madonna Lignea on 4th August; Procession of the Madonna dell’Assunta on 13th and 15th August; Feast of San Rocco on 16th August; Feast of the Madonna Addolorata on 20th September.

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