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Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano

A look at Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano
Lorenzo Palazzo

Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano

Located in the heart of the Dolomiti Lucane, perched and protected from these imposing massifs of the sandstone rock that the wind and the rain have unceasingly dug in the course of time, Castelmezzano reveals itself in a manner quite unusual. To enter the country in fact we must pass through a tunnel dug in the rock, immediately after crossing a small groove. This spectacular location, was fundamental for the defense of the village in the course of the centuries, whose origin is given around the X century a.c. The name derives from the Castrum Medianum (literally median castle) built here by the Normans between the XI and XIII century a.c., and is so called because of its position with respect to those of the neighboring centers of Pietrapertosa and Brindisi Montagna. Of the castle are still visible the remains of the walls, a tank for the collection of rain water and the stairs carved into the rock that allowed access to the highest lookout point, from where it was possible to monitor the whole valley of the river Basento. The urban structure of Castelmezzano, typically medieval, is a rare example of a sustainable balance between natural components and human intervention. The village is in fact as an agglomerate of concentric houses with roofs of sandstone embedded in a rocky basin: constructions are inserted directly in the rock. There are numerous steep stairs that open between the alleys and that invite you to climb to the peaks overhanging and enjoy the wonderful views of the Dolomiti Lucane. The heart of the city life is Caizzo Square at the center of which stands the mother church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo with its majestic facade in Romanic style. Outside the country, paths, stairways and bridges in stone allow to reach the valley of Caperrino, characterized by the remains of old mills, built in dry and whose roofs are made with slabs of local stone, said "chiang" in the local dialect. Castelmezzano falls with its territory in the area of the Park of Gallipoli Cognato Dolomiti Lucane that offers in addition to the pristine beauty of the landscape, the traces of a millenary history for the presence of the megalithic walls of the settlement, named Croccia Cognato, of the IV century b.c.

Municipality of Castelmezzano
Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

Population: 792
Pop. foreign resident: 8

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Protected natural areas:
Parco Gallipoli Cognato, Piccole Dolomiti Lucane

Municipality of Castelmezzano
Via Roma 28 - Castelmezzano (PZ)
Tel. +39 0971 986166

Pro Loco 'Le Dolomiti Lucane'
Piazza G. Paternò - Castelmezzano (PZ)
Tel. +39 348 1608043

Recipe: the Cuccìa di Castelmezzano

Typical plate of the village spruce with legumes and cereals with a very intense flavor, prepared according to a tradition that has been passed on for generations

The church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo in Castelmezzano: place of Templars, patron saints and ancient rituals immersed in a sacred rocky Graal

In this article, you will discover all the legends and traditions linked to the church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo in Castelmezzano, place of ancient sacred and pagan rituals.

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Next or present Events

  • Feast in honor of the Madonna del Bosco
    01-05-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-05-01 2019-05-01 Europe/Rome Feast in honor of the Madonna del Bosco Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honor of Saint Vitus Martyr
    15-06-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 Europe/Rome Feast in honor of Saint Vitus Martyr Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honor of Madonna delle Grazie
    02-07-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-07-02 2019-07-02 Europe/Rome Feast in honor of Madonna delle Grazie Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honour of St. Donato
    07-08-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-07 2019-08-07 Europe/Rome Feast in honour of St. Donato Castelmezzano

  • Pilgrimage in honor of San Rocco a Tolve
    16-08-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-16 2019-08-16 Europe/Rome Pilgrimage in honor of San Rocco a Tolve Castelmezzano

  • San Rocco
    From 18-08-2019
    To 19-08-2019
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-18 2019-08-19 Europe/Rome San Rocco Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honour of Sant'Antonio of Padova
    From 11-09-2019
    To 13-09-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-09-11 2019-09-13 Europe/Rome Feast in honour of Sant'Antonio of Padova Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honor of San Francesco, San Michele e della Addolorata
    06-10-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-10-06 2019-10-06 Europe/Rome Feast in honor of San Francesco, San Michele e della Addolorata Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honor of Saint Lucia Vergine
    13-12-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-12-13 2019-12-13 Europe/Rome Feast in honor of Saint Lucia Vergine Castelmezzano

Past Events

  • Feast of the Cuccia
    From 08-12-2017
    To 09-12-2017
    Feast of the Cuccia
    Feasts

Other Events

  • Weekly market: First and third Saturdays of the month, in the centre;

  • Feast of May: one of the most beautiful and ancient traditions of Castelmezzano is the May, the occasion coinciding with the feast of Sant'Antonio. On the first Sunday of September a group of men gather in the woods of Paoloa to choose the tree of life. We proceed with the Cut du ' Masc, the May. The chosen Cerro will be brought to the village dragged by pairs of oxen. Meanwhile in the locality Virgila is chosen to ' Cim, the top.
    The parades with the male and the bride proceed to the country, during the course you make several stops to feast, sing and dance together. Arriving in the village there will be the solemn moment of the meeting between the two newlyweds, the May and the summit. The "yes" happens in the presence of the religious procession of St. Anthony of Padua and then passes to the graft between the two trees, so that may can be raised. The fatigue of those who pull the ropes and the emotion of those who assist accompanies the most important moment of the feast. Once raised, may can be climbed by young daredevils.
    In the summit of May are tied prizes, once were awarded through the traditional "shot" (the hunters of the place fired on the prizes to get them) today an upward auction decrees the winner. Music, fireworks and dances accompany the May of Castelmezzano to the conclusion;

  • Feast of Cuccia: In December and during the Feast of Saint Lucia celebrates its typical dish;
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Where to sleep

B&B La Voce del Fiume

Vico del Carmine, 7 - 85050, Brienza (PZ)
36.37 Kilometers from Castelmezzano

Where to eat

Hermit's Cave Farmhouse

Contrada Calcescia, 1 , Castelmezzano (PZ)