Salandra is a centre in the Basento Valley
which faces the Salandrella Torrent from its panoramic position.
Some consider it to be the ancient Alicantro cited by Roman
Its name derives from the Greek Acheloo-Andros meaning “Men
of Acheloo”, from the Greek River Acheloo. Its foundation
should therefore have been during the Magno-Greek Era, as
demonstrated by the find of the Tavole di Heraclea ( Heraclea
Tablets) in the gravel bed of the Salandrella Torrent during
The remains of a habitation have also been found in its territory,
which dates back to the Iron Age. It was found in the S. Vitale
During the Roman era it became a Castrum and maintained its
defensive function of the territory during subsequent centuries.
During the XI century, the Normans had the Castle built, of
which little remains.
The fief belonged to the following families: Sangineto, Sanseverino,
Caracciolo and Revertera.
A visit to the City
In Salandra, one can admire what little remains of the Norman
Castle, some nobiliary buildings and the Santissima Trinità
Church which was founded during the X century and reconstructed
during the XIX century.
The Sant'Antonio Church is also noteworthy. It is situated
adjacent to the homonymous convent, which preserves a polyptych
from the XVII century and 17th century frescoes.
Place of interest
The remains of the Castle (XII century); Riformati Church
and Convent ('500s); Santissima Trinità Church (X century);
Sant'Antonio of Padua Church (XVI century); S. Maria Chapel;
Palazzo Motta; Palazzo Spaziante; Calanchi Park; Annunziata
Church; Madonna Del Monte Church.
Live Manger in January; Pilgrimage to the Madonna dell'Annunziata
on 25th March; Procession on Good Friday; Procession of the
Vergine al Calvario on Holy Saturday; Procession of the Madonna
del Monte on the 4th Sunday in May; Procession of S. Antonio
of Padua on 13th June; Procession of the Madonna del Carmine
on 16th July; Procession of the Patron Saint, S. Rocco on
16th,17th & 18th August.