Castelsaraceno

Castelsaraceno

the heart-shaped village
Vista aerea di Castelsaraceno "Castrum Saracenum" - credit: Pino Spagnuolo
Origin of the name and historical background

Thousand-year-old village

The first settlement, built in 1031 by the Saracens near the ancient Planula as a lookout, was destroyed thirteen years later by an earthquake. After being abandoned by the Normans, it came under the rule of the Mango di San Chirico family, who donated it in 1086 to the Abbots of the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo.

In the XV century it passed to the Carafa family, suffering oppression and abuse. Later it was a dominion of the Sanseverino family. It followed the fate of many feuds, ending up with the Picinni Leopardi barons, the local lords.

The first settlement, built in 1031 by the Saracens near the ancient Planula as a lookout, was destroyed thirteen years later by an earthquake. After being abandoned by the Normans, it came under the rule of the Mango di San Chirico family, who donated it in 1086 to the Abbots of the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo.

In the XV century it passed to the Carafa family, suffering oppression and abuse. Later it was a dominion of the Sanseverino family. It followed the fate of many feuds, ending up with the Picinni Leopardi barons, the local lords.

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Hospitality in these lands of Basilicata is not simply an act of courtesy or politeness, but an existential principle.
It is customary to say that if you can offer coffee to one resident, then you will also pay the next.
But, as a guest, you will find it very difficult to succeed in this endeavour.

Try it to believe it!

Castrum Saracenum

“Castrum” (from the Latin for camp, fortress, castle) a Saracen stronghold with centuries of history encapsulated in the name of Castelsaraceno; “Casteddu” in Lucanian dialect. It is one of the most evocative and romantic tourist villages in the Basilicata region, immersed in the nature of the Pollino National Park in enchanting southern Italy. A curiosity for the more romantic is that the village is perfectly heart-shaped.

Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can lose yourself in the village, which clings to a rocky spur called ‘La Tempa’, where the houses appear close together, becoming one with the rock on which they stand. Arriving in Castelsaraceno, one cannot resist the temptation to ‘climb’ the steep, winding streets in the blind alleys.

Being here in June means experiencing an enchanted atmosphere during the arboreal rite of the ‘Ndenna’, which takes place on the occasion of the patronal feast of Sant’Antonio.

“Castrum” (from the Latin for camp, fortress, castle) a Saracen stronghold with centuries of history encapsulated in the name of Castelsaraceno; “Casteddu” in Lucanian dialect. It is one of the most evocative and romantic tourist villages in the Basilicata region, immersed in the nature of the Pollino National Park in enchanting southern Italy. A curiosity for the more romantic is that the village is perfectly heart-shaped.

Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can lose yourself in the village, which clings to a rocky spur called ‘La Tempa’, where the houses appear close together, becoming one with the rock on which they stand. Arriving in Castelsaraceno, one cannot resist the temptation to ‘climb’ the steep, winding streets in the blind alleys.

Being here in June means experiencing an enchanted atmosphere during the arboreal rite of the ‘Ndenna’, which takes place on the occasion of the patronal feast of Sant’Antonio.

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To see

Religious heritage

The churches of Castelsaraceno can form part of an interesting cultural itinerary because of the various artistic works they contain and their architectural features.

Not to be missed, in the village, is the 16th-17th century mother church of Santo Spirito, which preserves a triptych by the 16th century painter D’Amato, of the Neapolitan school of Raphael, and a polyptych on canvas depicting San Leonardo, by the painter Ippolito Borghese. Also interesting to see are the Church of San Rocco, with a fine wooden statue of the Blessed Stefano Seno inside, and the Chapel of Sant’Antonio (with a 17th century altar).

Castelsaraceno is also known as the village between the two parks. It is nestled between the Pollino National Park and the Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese Apennine Park. It is more or less halfway between the famous Matera with its 'Sassi' and the splendid sea of Maratea, the only town in Basilicata to overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea, across the Gulf of Policastro.

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The main tourist attraction is the longest single-span ‘Tibetan’ suspension bridge in the world. Simply majestic, at 586 metres in length and 80 metres above the ground, it is an attraction for everyone: couples, families with children and all those who enjoy adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities and sports. An impressive piece of engineering, very well organised with an automated access system that deserves to be visited and conquered! Castelsaraceno is also called the village between the two parks, as it is nestled between the Pollino National Park and the Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese Apennine Park. More or less halfway between the famous Matera with its “Sassi” and the splendid sea of Maratea, the only town in Basilicata to overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea, across the Gulf of Policastro. . Not many kilometres from the other already well-known tourist attraction “Volo dell’Angelo”, Castelsaraceno is the ideal holiday destination for those who love to visit one of the most beautiful villages in Basilicata, for lovers of unspoilt nature, rural holidays, genuine food and slow living. For lovers of sports and outdoor activities, this tourist resort offers many attractions: mountain bike and hiking trails of varying difficulty up to almost two thousand metres above sea level. There are many places to practise sports or take walks in the woods, ideal for families with children, trekking and mountain biking routes, up to almost two thousand metres above sea level on the peaks of the Alpi and Raparo mountains. A treasure trove of authentic traditions, for those who love good living, traditional food and wine products, and authenticity of spirit and stomach, Castelsaraceno is the right village to spend a holiday with family or friends, in the midst of the unspoilt nature of this ancient land of Lucania. Here, everything is still authentic and guest-friendly.

The main tourist attraction is the longest single-span ‘Tibetan’ suspension bridge in the world.
Simply majestic, at 586 metres in length and 80 metres above the ground, it is an attraction for everyone: couples, families with children and all those who enjoy adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities and sports. An impressive piece of engineering, very well organised with an automated access system that deserves to be visited and conquered!

Castelsaraceno is also called the village between the two parks, as it is nestled between the Pollino National Park and the Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese Apennine Park. More or less halfway between the famous Matera with its “Sassi” and the splendid sea of Maratea, the only town in Basilicata to overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea, across the Gulf of Policastro. .

Not many kilometres from the other already well-known tourist attraction “Volo dell’Angelo”, Castelsaraceno is the ideal holiday destination for those who love to visit one of the most beautiful villages in Basilicata, for lovers of unspoilt nature, rural holidays, genuine food and slow living. For lovers of sports and outdoor activities, this tourist resort offers many attractions: mountain bike and hiking trails of varying difficulty up to almost two thousand metres above sea level. There are many places to practise sports or take walks in the woods, ideal for families with children, trekking and mountain biking routes, up to almost two thousand metres above sea level on the peaks of the Alpi and Raparo mountains.

A treasure trove of authentic traditions, for those who love good living, traditional food and wine products, and authenticity of spirit and stomach, Castelsaraceno is the right village to spend a holiday with family or friends, in the midst of the unspoilt nature of this ancient land of Lucania. Here, everything is still authentic and guest-friendly.

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our ambassadors

We put our faces on, with no need for photographic retouching or graphic devices to present ourselves in a real and genuine way. Our ambassadors are the citizens of 'Casteddu' (this is the name of Castelsaraceno in Lucanian dialect), a wise community of humble principles, forged by the harshness of centuries and by the not easy life in the inland villages of Basilicata or, in ancient times, Lucania. A people with a millenary pastoral tradition, custodians of the past and of the wise knowledge needed to shape the future of the new generations.

Management & Testimonial

Rocco Rosano

The Mayor of Castelsaraceno

Paolo Borroi

The Destination Manager

Aaron Durogati

The World Champion Testimonial

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