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