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POLICORO

Between the Sinni and Agri rivers, on the flatland facing the Jonic Coast of Basilicata, is where one will come across Policoro, an ancient Medieval centre well known for its archaeological museum and the remains of ancient Herakleia.

History

It developed with the Byzantines by the name of Polychorium, meaning “old village”, probably referring to the presence of ancient Heraclea.
Here, the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia organised an expedition against Sicilian rebels (1232).

It was a fief for centuries of the following families: Beaumont, Monfort, Benedettini of Cava and Berlingieri.

A visit to the City

Policoro offers the possibility of conjugating relaxation with cultural interests due to the presence of its seaside lido which is fully equipped for tourism.

The main structure in Policoro is its magnificent Castle dating back to the XIII century. Adjacent to it one can also visit a small church which guards a precious wooden Madonna with Child (XIV century).

The National Archaeological Museum of Siritide is a definite stop to learn more about the Greek colonies of Siris and Herakleia. Here, one can also visit the remains of the neighbouring Archaeological Park.

Policoro is also known as the “Citta delle Fragole” (Strawberry City) due to its vast production and exportation throughout the world.

Not too far from Policoro one will come across S. Maria d’Anglona, an ancient cathedral (V century AD) from the vanished Byzantine centre of Anglone, which in turn developed on the ruins of Pandosia, where one can visit its remains (from the Bronze and Iron Age).

Place of interest

The Baronial Castle (XIII-XIV century); Mother Church; Heraclea Archaeological Park:; Small rural church of the Madonna del Ponte (XIII-XIV century); Pantano Woods; Poliporo Lido; S. Maria D’Anglona Cathedral (V century AD); Archaeological Site of Anglone and Pandosia.

Museums

National Archaeological Museum of Siritide.

Events

Feast of the Madonna del Ponte on the 3rd Sunday of May; Feast of the Madonna del Carmine on the last Sunday of July; Feast of the Santissimi Medici Cosma and Damiano on the last Sunday of September.

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