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Itinerary of the abandoned villages

Itinerary of the abandoned villages






From Brienza and Craco (Basilicata) to Roscigno  (Campania)


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1st day

Arrival in Brienza in the afternoon (on Friday) at the Historic House La voce del fiume. Welcome drink and presentation of the historic home. Free visit to the center and the alleys of the town. Dinner at a typical Lucanian cuisine restaurant selected among the best in the area.


2nd day

Breakfast based on organic products and our vegetable garden on the panoramic terrace. We leave for the medieval village of Brienza whose origins date back to the year 1000, with a visit to the Caracciolo Castle and then continue to the Convent of the Observant Friars Minor and the Bibliomediateca. Lunch at a typical Lucanian cuisine restaurant selected from the best in the area. In the afternoon we continue towards Val d'Agri headed to Craco, in the province of Matera, the ancient “Graculum”, included in the list of sites to be protected in the world, drawn up by the World Monuments Funds .Visit to the ancient village dating back to the mid-twelfth century characterized by its spectacular position on a hill. Dinner at a typical Lucanian cuisine restaurant selected among the best in the area. Return to the Dimora.


3rd day

Breakfast based on organic products and our vegetable garden on the panoramic terrace. Departure for Campania and visit to the abandoned village of Roscigno vecchia included in the world heritage protected by Unesco. The village which has agro-pastoral origins and probably dates back to 1300 is truly suggestive. Lunch break in a typical restaurant. Return to the places of origin.


Cost € 255 per person


The offer includes :

  • welcome drink
  • 2 nights in a double room including breakfast with typical and organic products
  • Friday evening dinner in a typical restaurant
  • Saturday lunch in a typical inn
  • Saturday evening dinner in a typical restaurant
  • Sunday lunch in a typical inn
  • guided tour of the medieval village of Brienza and the Mario Pagano bibliographic museum
  • guided visits to Craco and Roscigno
  • entrance ticket to Craco
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The abandoned towns and villages are numerous in Basilicata and in the south of Italy. The tour that we propose starts from the medieval village of Brienza (PZ), and then continues towards Craco as far as Basilicata is concerned. After we will head towards the province of Salerno and then towards Campania to discover Roscigno


We will cross different locations that tell the presence of man in different eras, silent places surrounded by unspoiled nature that show traces of noble families, but above all of peasant life. The tour will bring to light historical and artistic testimonies of a minor Italy, less fortunate but certainly not poor in culture.
The signs of time on the facades of ruins and farmhouses will not escape our eyes, nor the signs of domestic life, scenarios that evoke habits, which make us imagine distant scents, sounds and noises. These are villages of medieval origin or agro-pastoral settlements, born or close to feudal strongholds or ancient monasteries.


These centers have survived over the years, often thanks to their safe position in the mountains, therefore far from the routes of greater commercial and military travel, but were then abandoned following calamitous events such as landslides and earthquakes, the last one in 1980 especially , led to the complete abandonment of the inhabited areas.


1.Brienza

Starting point of the first day is Brienza, where it is possible to visit one of the most interesting medieval villages of southern Italy. Its origins date back to the year 1000 when a first nucleus began to settle around the Castle, the fulcrum of the whole village. The village of Brienza is characterized by the centripetal winding model having as its natural fulcrum the Caracciolo Castle, located at the top of a hill, from which a myriad of houses and cottages wriggle, clinging to the steep rock. The visit to the village starts from the end of Via Mario Pagano, where one of the access gates was once located, from here two narrow streets climb the hill, that of Santa Maria on the left and of San Michele dei Greci on the right. On the opposite side, where you enter through the "Portella" still visible in the walls of the Castle, shreds of walls on lanes now almost completely erased testify the gone existence of other districts that completed the village: Torricella, San Martino, San Sebastiano, Via Nuova, San Nicola and Santa Elisabetta. Further down, towards the river, the perimeter of the ancient Church of San Martino rises again, probably the first cult center of the "Burgentia Fidelis". To the north of the castle, the watchtower (“Trucedda” - turret) which dominates the confluence of two streams (the Pergola and the Fiumicello). probably the first cult center of the "Burgentia Fidelis". To the north of the castle, the watchtower (“Trucedda” - turret) which dominates the confluence of two streams (the Pergola and the Fiumicello). probably the first cult center of the "Burgentia Fidelis". To the north of the castle, the watchtower (“Trucedda” - turret) which dominates the confluence of two streams (the Pergola and the Fiumicello).The visit to the village of Brienza abandoned after the earthquake of the 80s also includes a visit to the Mother Church of the Assumption, probably dating back to the end of the 11th century and ends with a visit to the Caracciolo Castle.


2.Craco


After the visit to Brienza, continue on the SS 598 towards Val d'Agri directed to Craco in the province of Matera, the ancient “Graculum”, included in the list of sites to be safeguarded in the world, drawn up by the World Monuments Funds .
Craco rises in the hilly area that precedes the Lucanian Apennines, halfway between the mountains and the sea. Its ancient village dates back to the mid-twelfth century and is characterized by being perched in a spectacular way above a hillock.
The town has been completely abandoned since a vast landslide movement in the sixties endangered the town which was forced to move downstream. From that moment Craco has become a real ghost town, one of the rare examples in Italy, and for some decades it has been thrilling and attracting travelers and onlookers from all over the world. A lot of attention in recent years also from the world of cinema, in fact there are many directors (from Pasolini to Mel Gibson) who have chosen Craco to shoot some scenes of their films.
The village, one with the rock, is of unique scenic beauty, but in addition to the village, what strikes you about Craco is certainly the surreal atmosphere, the lunar landscape of the "badlands" made famous by "Christ stopped at Eboli ".
Furthermore, according to fans of the paranormal, Craco would be haunted by arcane presences, in which strange noises, echoes of voices, screams and mysterious luminous shapes resound in the houses .
The trip to Campania begins with a visit to Roscigno Vecchia , in the province of Salerno. From Brienza go down to Atena scalo to continue towards Roscigno.


3.Roscigno

The village of Roscigno is located at 570 meters high and is included in the world heritage protected by Unesco. Roscigno is characterized by being divided into two villages: an ancient one, almost completely abandoned due to a landslide and, a new one further upstream, recently built in a safer area. The ancient town, which has agro-pastoral origins, probably dates back to 1300 and its original nucleus was located much further down. At the top of the town there are the remains of a wall of the baronial castle, while in the center in Piazza SS Rosario there is the Town Hall and the eighteenth-century church of the Madonna del Rosario.