Just inside the Pollino National Park is where one w.ill
come across Valsinni, which is divided in
an ancient habitation located on the summit of a hill and
a new part further down in the valley
During the Medieval period it was known as Fabalis Favace,
Favacia and finally Favale, a name which it maintained until
1843 when it took on its present day name from a clear geographic
Valsinni however, also has an older history as demonstrated
by the remains of an Acropolis on Monte Cóppolo and
a city wall. The centre was founded by the Lucani and was
active from the IV century BC until the XIV century.
It was a fief of the following families: Sanseverino, the
Princes of Salerno who were succeeded by the Vivacqua and
subsequently, through marriage, passed to the Morra family.
Isabella Morra was born in the Castle. She was a Poetess from
the '500s who was killed by her brothers.
Valsinni was therefore also fief of the following families:
Capaccia, Galeota, Galluccio, Massa and Ulloa.
A visit to the City
The older part of the suburb of Valsinni is dominated by
the Morra Castle around which the City with its Medieval streets
Among the churches one could visit we would like to cite the
Parrocchiale (Parish Church) of Medieval origin and the 17th
century Annunziata Church.
Valsinni boasts a long tradition of mill activity which is
testified in the historical mill of Palazzo Mauri.
Excluding the obligatory visit to the Monte Cóppolo
Archaeological Site, there are numerous other naturalistic
excursions on offer in the territory of the Pollino National
Park and the villages of historical interest which populate
Place of interest
The Isabella Morra Castle (end of the '400s); Palazzo Melidoro;
Mother Church of Medieval origins; Annunziata Church (1600);
Palazzo Mauri Mill; Monte Cóppolo Archaeological Site;
Gallinico Woods; Monte Cotugno Lake; Visits to Senise, Rotondella
Feast of San Fabiano on 9th and 10th May; Feast of the Madonna
del Carmine on 20th and 21st July; Feast of San Nicola on
12th August; Fair on 9th May, 19th July and 19th December.