ORIOLO

A few kilometres from the Pollino National Park and the Ionian coasts of Calabria, is where one will find Oriolo, a small Medieval suburb not too distant from Basilicata.

History

The present day suburb came about during the High Medieval era, as a shelter for coastal inhabitants who were victims of frequent Saracen raids (IX century).

The centre then appeared in some Papal documents (XI century) and in a Swabian Court document referring to it by the name of Ordeolum.
The Normans besieged it and took possession of it under King Ruggero (1129).

Under the Swabians, Oriolo was given in fief to Ruggero De Amicis who, having participated in the conspiracy against Frederick II, lost the fief. After being forgiven, the Emperor gave power to his son Carrado De Amicis who ruled until the arrival of the Angioinians (1269), who then gave the suburb in fief to the Della Marra family, who ruled until the beginning of the 15th century.
The Sanseverino family then came to power, but however lost the fief through treason. Oriolo ended up as part of the Royal Estate until 1414, the year of the citizens revolt, which obtained the cessation of royal jurisdiction. Oriolo became a Baronage and was once again entrusted to the Sanseverino family.

In the ambit of war between Carlo V and Francesco I, the suburb was besieged by French troops.

The umpteenth betrayal by the Sanseverino family (1552), made them lose the fief, which then passed to the Regia Camera della Sommaria (an administrative, judicial and advisory body) and was sold to Marcello Pignone (1558). The Pignone del Carretto family ruled it for centuries, enduring onslaught by the citizens of Oriolo who adhered to the popular motions linked to the revolt of Masaniello (1647).
The 1693 earthquake, which had devastating effects on numerous cities in Calabria, didn’t do much damage in Oriolo.

A visit to the City

The Castle, which was constructed by the Sanseverino family in the XV century, dominates the Medieval suburb of Oriolo. In reality, the existence of a defensive structure has been confirmed, at least from the Byzantine era and for the entire Norman reign.
The structure is well preserved and contains cylindrical towers which stick out from the surround rock.

One can visit the San Giorgio Church in Oriolo, of ancient foundation and which preserves two statues in wood and marble in its interior depicting the Madonna (‘500s).

The centre is ideal as a departure point for excursions to the Pollino National Park and for exploring the neighbouring territory of Basilicata.

Place of interest

- Castello Sanseverino (XV sec.)
- Chiesa di San Giorgio (XII sec.)
- Palazzo Santo Stefano (XVI sec.)
- Parco Nazionale del Pollino
- Visita di Amendolara
- Visita di Senise - Basilicata
- Visita di Rotondella - Basilicata

Museums

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Events

- Festa di S. Giorgio Martire il 23 aprile
- Festa di S. Francesco da Paola il 24 aprile

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