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BONIFATI

Bonifati is a locality of the Alto Tirreno Cosentino, not too far from the sea or the Pollino National Park.

History

Some historians sustain that Bonifati was founded during the VI century BC by the Focesi population coming from Asia Minor.
A further thesis entrusts confirmed historical dates and asserts that yes, Bonifati was founded by the Greeks, but by those coming from the neighbouring city of Hiele which was destroyed by Robert Guiscard in 1057.

What is certain is that in 1270 Castel Bonifati was assigned to Gismondo Palmieri for merits obtained in the military campaign during the conquest of Southern Italy.

Bonifati remained until the XVI century and was very attached to the Sangineto University.

Over the years it was fief of the following families: Bisignano, De Gregorio, Telesio and Carafa.

During the XX century its tourist industry developed and the area known as Cittadella di Capo Bonifati was founded, being a lido fully equipped with seaside structures.

A visit to the City

Bonifati is separated into two parts: the historical centre and the seaside lido.

The old village faces inwards and is situated between the hills of Serra and Monticello. It is dominated by the Medieval castle remains.
One must not miss a visit to the Calvario Church, the Annunziata Church which has been heavily adjusted and the ruins of the S. Francesco Convent.

The geographic position of Bonifati allows visitors the choice of going down towards the marina or of penetrating inland in discovery of ancient villages and the naturalistic beauty of the Pollino Park.

Place of interest

- Resti del Castello
- Chiesa del Calvario
- Chiesa dell'Annunziata
- Ex Convento dei Minimi
- Ruderi dell'antico convento di S. Francesco
- Torre costiera in località Cittadella del Capo

Museums

- Nessun Museo segnalato

Events

- The Feast of S. Maria Maddalena on 22nd July;
- Feast of the Madonna of the Rosary on the 1st Sunday of October

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