RIPACANDIDA

Ripacandida is a well known centre for the production of oil and wine and enjoys a beautiful panoramic position on Monte Vúlture.

History

Ripacandida developed after invasions by the Goths of Alarico (V century AD), who made the inhabitants of Candida Latinorum escape to these hills.
Its territory, however, was already inhabited during the Magno-Greek era from the VII to the IV century BC.

Its name was connected by some to the abandoned centre of Candida Latinorum and by others to the white rocks on which it is positioned.

It was a fortified Longobard centre and under the Normans actively participated in the First Crusade during the time of Boemondo d’Altavilla, son of Robert Guiscard. It belonged to the Norman noble, Ruggiero Marescalco.

It didn’t take part in the Ghibelline revolt and swore fidelity to the Angioiniansans (1268), later becoming a fief of Goffredo da Tizzanello (1283). Filippo della Leonessa followed him (1294) and then Sergio di Siginolfo (1306).

It was plundered by the French troops of Lautrec (1528) then assigned to the Grimaldi family during 1532, after a Spanish victory. It then passed to the Roccapianola and Mazzacchera di Castelgarramone families.

During 1861, the year of the Unity of Italy, it was one of the promoters of the Bourbon Legitimist Movement which led to the proclamation of a provisional governor of Melfi.

Its territory also became a refuge for anti-government exponents who reunited in a movement called Brigandage.

A visit to the City

One can visit the S. Maria del Sepolcro Cathedral, which is embellished by a beautiful portal, but maybe it is San Donato which is the most important church of Ripacandida. It was built prior to the year One thousand and cited in a Papal Bull during 1152. The church has a Gothic style and preserves frescoes from the XVI century.

One can also visit the remains of a Roman Aqueduct on its territory connected to Venosa.

There are numerous possible naturalistic excursions due to the presence of Monte Vúlture and the close vicinity of many Medieval centres such as Rapolla and Ginestra.

Place of interest

The Mother Church of S. Maria del Sepolcro (1560); San Donato Church (XIV century); Franciscan Monastery (1300); San Giuseppe Church (XVII century); Ruins of the Roman Aqueduct; Excursions to Monte Vúlture; San Michele of Monticchio Abbey; Monticchio Lakes; A visit to Melfi, Barile, Ginestra, Monticchio and Rapolla.

Events

Feast of San Donato on 7th August; Feast of San Rocco on 18th August; Feast of the Madonna of Carmine on 14th September.

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