TEANA

On top of a hill that dominates the Valley of the Serrapótamo Torrent, close to Calvera and Chiaromonte, is where Teana stands, an ancient centre of Greek foundation, now in the interior of the Pollino National Park.

History

Teana was already founded during the Greek era and was probably linked to the Pythagorean School which was active in the area during the VI century BC.

The present day habitation was reborn during the X century under the Longobards who erected the Castle; its ruins can still be visited in the village.

Basilian Monks escaping from persecution perpetuated in the Orient beginning in the VIII century, founded the two monasteries of S. Basilio and S. Filippo.

Under the Normans it merged into the county of Chiaromonte (XI century) and into the diocese of Acerenza.

During the High Medieval period it became a fief of the Sanseverino of Bisignano family who kept it under th end of 1343, the year it passed over to the Missanello family through marriage.

Teana prospered until the XVI century when some events of famine and earthquakes stopped its development and threw its citizens into poverty.
In 1693 a terrible fire, which gravely damaged the Castle and village, added to its misfortune.
During 1770 Teana passed to the Donnaperna of Senise family who kept it until Unification into the Reign of Italy (1861).
Teana was noted for its silkworm cultivation.

A visit to the City

The remains of the Longobard Fortress which dominates the historical Medieval centre is still present in Teana, from where one can enjoy a panoramic view over the surrounding territory.

Among the churches one should visit, we would like to cite: the Madonna del Carmine and the S. Cristofaro Chapel.

In the centre, a visit to the Museum of Civiltà Contadina and to admire Palazzo Lecce is also possible.
There are numerous naturalistic excursions possible in the territory of the Pollino National Park and neighbouring Lake of Monte Cutugno.

Place of interest

The remains of the Longobard Castle; Madonna del Carmine Church; S. Cristofaro Chapel; Madonna del Carmine Chapel; Palazzo Lecce; Moreto and Serra Woods; Torrent in the Vallone locality; Panoramic spots in the Castello locality; Serrapótamo and Sammarelle Torrents; Pollino National Park.

Museums

The Museum of Civiltà Contadina (Peasant Civilization).

Events

Feast of San Biagio on 3rd February; Feast of San Biagio on the 4th Sunday of May; Feast of Sant'Antonio and the Madonna delle Grazie on 8th and 9th of August; Festival of ascatiell-lagane and cicer in August.

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