PIETRAPERTOSA

Pietrapertosa is situated on the slopes of Monte Impiso in the splendid frame of the Dolomite Lucane.

History

It was a fortress founded by the Saracens (IX century) and amplified by the Normans during the XI century.
Loyal to the Swabians, Pietrapertosa participated in the Ghibelline revolts of 1268 against the Angioiniansans who then gave it in fief to Guglielmo de Tounespee and then to Pietro Bourboun.

Its name derives from the Latin Pertusus with reference to its territory which is rich in pits. During the Medieval period it was known as Pietraperciata.

It was a fief of the Carafa family during the XVII century, then the Asprano, Suardo, Jubero and finally the Sifola families.

Pietrapertosa was an active centre during the Carbonari motions of 1820-21 and those of 1848

A visit to the City

The Saracen-Norman Castle ruins coincide with the first nucleus of Pietrapertosa, the Arab district or Arabata.

The San Giacomo Mother Church is noteworthy and preserves Medieval frescoes and the San Francesco Convent (1474) containing frescoes from the XVI century.

One can enjoy panoramic and naturalistic excursions along the “Sentiero della Croccia” and reach other remains of the ancient city dating back to the IV century BC.
One can also visit the ruins of the Medieval centre of Trifoggio and a Benedictine Abbey in the Badia locality.

Place of interest

Remains of the Saracen Castle; San Francesco Church and Convent (1474); S. Giacomo Mother Church (XV century); San Cataldo Church; Longobard Fortress Ruins; Remains of the Benedictine Abbey in the Badia locality; Trifoglio Ruins; Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato and Piccole Dolomiti Locane; Dolomiti Lucane; Demenial Forest of Gallipoli-Cognato; Sentiero (Pathway) of Tempa Castello; Sentiero (Pathway) della Croccia; Montepiano Woods; Monte Croccia State Reserve.

Events

Carnival procession and Festival of Rafatana on the last day of Carnival; Feast of San Cataldo on 10th May; Feast of “Majo” in June; Feast of Sant’Antonio on 18th & 19th June; Feast of San Giacomo on 25th July; Feast of the Arab district on 19th August; Feast of San Rocco on 20th August; Feast of San Francesco on 4th October; Feast of Santa Lucia on 13th December; Feast della “Cuccia” on 13th December.

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