Between the Sinni and Agri rivers, on the flatland facing
the Jonic Coast of Basilicata, is where one will come across
Policoro, an ancient Medieval centre well known for its archaeological
museum and the remains of ancient Herakleia.
It developed with the Byzantines by the name of Polychorium,
meaning “old village”, probably referring to the
presence of ancient Heraclea.
Here, the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia organised an expedition
against Sicilian rebels (1232).
It was a fief for centuries of the following families: Beaumont,
Monfort, Benedettini of Cava and Berlingieri.
A visit to the City
Policoro offers the possibility of conjugating relaxation
with cultural interests due to the presence of its seaside
lido which is fully equipped for tourism.
The main structure in Policoro is its magnificent Castle dating
back to the XIII century. Adjacent to it one can also visit
a small church which guards a precious wooden Madonna with
Child (XIV century).
The National Archaeological Museum of Siritide is a definite
stop to learn more about the Greek colonies of Siris and Herakleia.
Here, one can also visit the remains of the neighbouring Archaeological
Policoro is also known as the “Citta delle Fragole”
(Strawberry City) due to its vast production and exportation
throughout the world.
Not too far from Policoro one will come across S. Maria d’Anglona,
an ancient cathedral (V century AD) from the vanished Byzantine
centre of Anglone, which in turn developed on the ruins of
Pandosia, where one can visit its remains (from the Bronze
and Iron Age).
Place of interest
The Baronial Castle (XIII-XIV century); Mother Church; Heraclea
Archaeological Park:; Small rural church of the Madonna del
Ponte (XIII-XIV century); Pantano Woods; Poliporo Lido; S.
Maria D’Anglona Cathedral (V century AD); Archaeological
Site of Anglone and Pandosia.
National Archaeological Museum of Siritide.
Feast of the Madonna del Ponte on the 3rd Sunday of May;
Feast of the Madonna del Carmine on the last Sunday of July;
Feast of the Santissimi Medici Cosma and Damiano on the last
Sunday of September.