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