With its ancient origins, Roccaglioriosa is one of the most important medieval settlements of Cilento. The narrow alleys, steep staircases and vaulted passages that characterise the town, suddenly emerge in viewpoints from which you can admire the amazing panorama of the Gulf of Policastro, of Mount Bulgheria and the valleys of the Mingardo and the Bussento. The village is rich in fine architectural elements and elegant stone portals, expression of famous artists who lived in baronial and noble palaces (today still well preserved) which were often connected to churches and private chapels.
Starting from piazza del Popolo, a real breathtaking terrace overlooking the Gulf of Policastro and the majestic Mount Bulgheria, go on through the narrow streets toward Casa Saia and Casa Guida portals, and the portal of the ancient complex of Palazzo De Caro. Climbing the stone steps that lead to De Curtis and Marotta palaces, and finally to the ruins of the Castle, built on the highest peak of the town, with a chapel dedicated to the Glorious Virgin Mother of God. Here the landscape is amazing over the valleys of the rivers Bussento and Mingardo and all-round from Palinuro to the Calabria’s coast and Mounts Bulgheria and Cervati.
Back in town, you cannot miss a visit to Palazzo La Quercia built in the second half of the 15th century as a convent. Here it is kept an important painting of the figurative Lucan art. After a visit to the portals of Casa Falco, Palazzo Pappafico, Palazzo Perilli, Casa Prota and Palazzo Cavaliere, the walk ends at Palazzo Balbi’s portal: this precious and refined stone portal, with its flowers and geometric designs, expresses the importance of all people who inhabited Roccagloriosa.
In its narrow, winding lanes, the churches and chapels of Roccagloriosa testify to a rich religious and spiritual tradition and to an important architectural, cultural and artistic heritage. Particularly impressive are the traditional processions on Holy Saturday: the emotion of the crowd following the statues of the Dead Christ and of our Lady of Sorrows through the streets of the town center is very strong, in an atmosphere of profound mysticism. This procession, unique example of religious play, keeps tracks of a popular theatrical tradition, when the streets were the stage and the actors all the inhabitants of the town.
Church of San Giovanni Battista
Built in the 11th century, it was restored in 1763 for the third time. Inside, eight altars with coat of arms of all the noble families that held the church’s patronage.
The Museum housed in the Town Hall, keeps numerous archaeological Lucan finds dating back to the 4th and 3rd century BC: all have been found within the municipal area of Roccagloriosa, in the residential complex “Complesso centrale” and in the monumental necropolis. The earliest evidence of a human presence dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, but a real settlement developed only in the 5th century BC, on the crest of Capitanali. The village and the massive limestone walls (surrounding the plateau for 1.2 km) date back between the 4th and 3rd century, during Lucan age: out of the wall was the area of the necropolis. The Museum, housed in a single room, keeps the finds of various excavations within the settlement and the necropolis.
Museum Opening time
Via S. Antonio, 32- phone +390974981113
June-September: Mon-Sun 5:30-9 PM
During winter only on request.
The town of Leo was built by the Sybarites, who had the control over a vast area on the Valley of the Mingardo and Bussento, on a slight slope protected by Mount Capitenali and a massive limestone wall that encircles the plateau for 1.2 km. Here were found the remains of the only known so far permanent Osco-Lucanian settlement (5th century BC). The earliest evidence of a human presence dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, but a real settlement begins to form only from the 5th century BC on the crest of the Capitanali. A significant development occurred in the Lucan age between the 4th and 3rd century BC: from this period date in fact the village, the walls and the area of the necropolis. The Lucan town had an organization in nuclei. Among these are the monumental Central Plateau nucleus, constisting of blocks arranged on both sides of a cobbled road, and a large noble house arranged around a central courtyard surrounded by porticoes on three sides. In the aedicula of the courtyard have been found terracotta statues and votive offerings, which testify to the sacra gentilicia (family cults). The site was a large Lucan settlement with fortifications, dwellings and necropolis. You can admire the walls and 22 graves. Dating back to the 5th century BC, the remains of a tomb found in the hamlet La Scala, with priceless objects and two bronze vases. The economic prosperity of the place is documented by the discovery of refined jewelry. Also fine pieces of Red-figure painted ceramics reflect the multiplicity of economic and cultural relations with other country.
Visit the Archaeological Park
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