MISSANELLO

Missanello is an agricultural centre in Val d’Agri, immersed in a territory cultivated with olives.

History

There are two hypotheses regarding the etymology of the name of the village: from Mesnellus, a name of a Medieval feudatory or from the Greek “meisos eillon,” that is “tightened means.”

Its foundation came about during the Medieval period, perhaps in relation to works carried out by Basilian Monks who arrived in these lands around the VIII and IX century in escape from iconoclastic persecution from Eastern emperors. The S. Senatro Church was founded nearby.
What is certain, is that in 968 Missanello was already a parochial as cited in more ancient documents regarding it.
With the advent of the Normans, Robert Guiscard, Missanello became a Lordship of Osmundo.

The following were also feudatories: Guglielmo Berengario, Roberto De Autreshe, Coppola del Sangro, Pappacoda and Lentini.

Missanello participated in the revolt motions against Bourbon governing during 1821 and 1848.

In 1857, the village was gravely damaged by heavy seismic activity.

A visit to the City

The Medieval Castle dominates the City from a higher spot.
In the City, one can visit the San Nicola Magno Mother Church, which preserves wooden statues and paintings from the XVI century, and the S. Maria delle Grazie Convent, which is positioned beside the Castle.
Not much remains of the Basilian Church of S. Senatro, but departure is possible from Missanello, to visit the neighbouring villages of: Gallicchio, Alianello and Aliano.

Place of interest

The Medieval Castle; San Nicola Magno Mother Church (XII century); S. Maria delle Grazie Convent (XVII century) Remains of the S. Senatro Church (XI century); The Grotto of the Hypogean Church of S. Lavorio; Murgi di San Lorenzo ; Medieval Centre of Gallicchio; Madonna della Stella Sanctuary; Visits to Alianello and Aliano.

Events

Feast of San Donato on 7 August; Sagra della pastorale (Pastoral Festival) on 10th August; Feast of San Rocco on 18 and 19th August; Feast of San Nicola on 6th December.

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