VAGLIO BASILICATA

Vaglio is situated on the Eastern slope of Serra San Bernardo, not too far from Potenza. It is particularly noted for its finds from two archaeological sites dating back to the Iron Age.

History

The Terra of Balio made headline news during the Ghibelline Revolts of 1268. Troops who were loyal to the Angioiniansans and defeated at Acerenza, in turn destroyed the centre of Vaglio.

It was fief of various families over the centuries: Spinelli, Salazar and Quarto Laurenzana.

During 1799 it actively participated in the popular unrest connected to the Republic of Naples.

After unification into the Reign of Italy (1861), it was plundered by troops of brigands led by Crocco and da Borjés.

A visit to the City

One can enter the centre of Vaglio through a Medieval Doorway, where it's possible to visit the Sant'Antonio Church which is situated adjacent to the convent and which preserves valuable wooden altars from the XV and XVI centuries. One can also visit the San Pietro Mother Church which guards the relics of San Faustino Martire, the patron Saint of Vaglio.
Whilst walking through the historical centre, one can admire the nobiliary buildings and beautiful terraces.

The archaeological areas of Serra di Vaglio and Rossano are noteworthy. Here, tombs with complete funerary treasures (amour, jewellery, jewels, necklaces and fibulae) have been uncovered along with the remains of Utilia Bella which was an active fortified centre during the VIII and III centuries BC. The remains of a Lucano Sanctuary dedicated to the Goddess Mefitis has also been discovered.

A Gallic-Italic dialect is spoken in Vaglio which is a derivation of Piemontese (dialect of Piemonte).

Place of interest

The Mother Church dedicated to San Pietro; San Donato Church (1553); Ex Sant'Antonio Abate (Abbot) Convent; Palazzo Tamburino; Madonna of Rossano Rural Church; Archaeological Park in the Rossano, Braida and Serra di Vaglio localities (X-III century BC).

Museums

The Ancient People of Lucania Museum: Vaglio

Events

Feast of San Faustino on 20th May; Feast of the Madonna delle Grazie on 8th September; Festival of Goods on 24th June and 8th September.

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