TITO

Not too far from Potenza is where one will come across Tito, a panoramic centre also renowned for the presence of beneficial thermal springs.

History

The centre was founded around the XI century BC by the Osco-Sabellian people who came from Campania.
Not much is know about its ancient history but Tito was definitely a centre of some events dating back to the Second Punic War when the Roman Consul Tito Sempronio Gracco was traitorously killed during the Battle of Campi Veteres by Hannibal’s soldiers (212 BC). It seems that the name of Tito Vecchio derives from the very same fallen Consul, even though there also exists many other hypotheses.

During the VI century AD, the centre was progressively abandoned in favour of Satriano due to frequent Goth raids.

The present day centre flourished around the XII century and became a fief of Matteo of Tito and then Soldogerio of Tocco (XIII century and later the Sforza family.

An important historical moment for Tito coincided with the destruction of Satriano (1430) under the wishes of Queen Giovanna II of Naples. This took the form of a large part of the population deciding to move and settle in the new Tito.
Beginning in 1799, the inhabitants of Tito were distinguished in the fight for Republican Ideals and also participated in the Carbonari Motions (1820-21) and those of 1848 as well as the Unitarian ones of 1860.

Following the Unification of Italy, Tito also experienced the Brigandage phenomenon, which was encouraged by the morphology of the territory.

The 1980 earthquake seriously damaged the village.

A visit to the City

On the summit of the habitation is where the Franciscan Convent is positioned. It was built in 1514 and preserves noteworthy frescoes of Pietrafesa. The adjacent S. Antonio of Padua Church contains works by Girolamo Stabile and also Pietrafesa.

In the Seggio Square, which is embellished with a beautiful fountain, one can admire Palazzo del Sedile with a Durazzesco style arch (XV century).

The remains of ancient Satriano can also be visited, where only a tower remains.

Place of interest

The Franciscan Convent (1514); S. Antonio of Padua Church; Palazzo del Sedile; Fountain in Piazza del Seggio; Small Church of Calvario; Small Church of Martiri; Acropolises and Necropolises on the Satriano Hill; Peschi Stream; Satriano Tower.

Events

Feast of the Blessed Virgin of Carmine on the first Sunday in May; Feast of Sant'Antonio of Padua on 13th June; Feast of San Laviero on 7th September; Feast of the Blessed Virgin of Carmine on 8th September; Goods and Cattle Fair on 8th September.

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