NOVA SIRI

Nova Siri is situated in a panoramic position close to the Jonic Coast in the Gulf of Taranto.

History

It was capital of Siritide and known by the name of Siris (VII century BC) and was part of the Magno Greek colonies of the Jonic Coast. Later the inhabitants migrated inland giving birth to the present day centre.

The Romans called it Castrum Boletum.
Carlo I of d’Angiò gave it in fief to the Monfort family and in 1319 it passed to the Sangineto family then the Sanseverino (1447), Montenegro, De Castro (1505), Montalbano, Raimondi (1596) and finally the Crivelli family (1717) who kept it until 1806, the year of abolition of feudal rights.

The City participated in the motions of 1820-21, hosting a Rivendita Carbonara (Smaller city associations linked to the Carbonari movement which promoted independent ideas) and motions which took it to unification into the Reign of Italy (1861).

Nova Siri was gravely damaged by terrible seismic activity in 1857 and then was further offended by brigandism.
It was called Bollita until 1872, a name deriving from the Latin Boletus, which signifies mushroom.
At the beginning of the 20th century it experienced the sad migration phenomenon, which was interrupted only when the lands of Metapontino were reclaimed then used for agriculture and later with the birth of the seaside tourist industry.

A visit to the City

In the higher part of the City is where one will find the Castle, today used as a private dwelling. The Rione Porticella is very characteristic and contains “Lamie,” which are interlaced arches with crossed vaults.

The Santa Maria Assunta Mother Church is also interesting, with its Baroque façade and paintings from the ‘700s in its interior. Nearby, one can also visit the Annunziata Chapel.

In the Sant’Alessio district, one can visit two Roman baths containing sulphurous water. Other testimonies from the distant past are the remains of the Imperial Villa of Cigno dei Vagni.

Place of interest

The Castle; S. Maria Assunta Mother Church; Rione Porticella; Roman Baths in the S. Alessio District; Annunziata Chapel; Sulla Chapel; Ruins of Villa Romana di Cigno dei Vagni; Bollita Tower (1520) on the Jonic Coast; Seaside centre of Marina in Nova Siri.

Events

Feast of San Giuseppe on 19th March; Feast of Sant’Antonio on 13th June, Feast of the Madonna of Carmine on 16th June.

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