LAPPANO

Lappano is a Medieval city, not too far from Cosenza, situated in a panoramic position, on the right side of the Crati River.

History

The most accredited hypothesis regarding its name, connects the city to the Imperial Roman era (II century AD) and to the existence of an estate belonging to a certain Lucius Appius, from which Lappano was derived.

The presence of a Roman settlement seems to be testified by the emersion of some finds in the Lappano territory.

However, the first historical information appears in the Angioinian fiscal registries (XIII century), revealing the existence of a village with more than a thousand inhabitants. Therefore, Lappano was definitely an active centre under the Swabians (XIII century), the Normans (XI century), the Byzantines (X century) and maybe also the Lombards (or Longobards - VII-IX century).
To demonstrate the continuity of the Medieval centre with Roman foundations is definitely a difficult task and is best left to future archaeological campaigns, if any.

In the 14th century, the village was composed of two nuclei; Lappano and Corno, the present day hamlet of Altavilla.

The village was included in the Royal Estate giving it fiscal benefits from its status. But over the years it passed under the dominion of the Grand Duke of Tuscany (1644-47), and the following families: Guarano, Percacciante, Marra (XVII century) and the Orsimarsi (XVIII century). These families are well represented in the nobiliary buildings in Lappano with homonymous names.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Lappano was brought to its knees by an earthquake in 1638, the Plague in 1656 and once again an earthquake in 1783 which destroyed the Castle.

Lappano adhered to the popular movements linked to the birth of the Republic of Naples (1799), and suffered repression from Cardinal Ruffo's troops who were linked to the Bourbons.

The ascension of French power (1806-1815), was not peaceful but characterised by heavy clashes between the two rival parties in the area.

On 1st January 1835, Lappano became a municipality and was later distinguished following the conflicts of the Risorgimento and Unitarian movements which led to the creation of the Reign of Italy (1861).

A visit to the City

One can visit the following in the City: the S. Giovanni Battista Parochial, which preserves an interesting wooden altar in its interior.

From here, one can leave on a journey of discovery of neighbouring Medieval centres and the Sila National Park.

Place of interest

- Parrocchiale di S. Giovanni Battista
- Chiesa di S. Maria delle Grazie (XIX sec.)
- Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta (XV sec.)
- Chiesa della Madonna delle Nevi (XIX sec.)
- Resti del Castello, frazione Altavilla
- Visita di Cosenza
- Parco Nazionale della Sila Piccola
- Visita di Spezzano della Sila

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Calabria region of Italy

 

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