Village of Pietramontecorvino
Municipality of Pietramontecorvino
Provincia di Foggia
Altitudine centro: 456 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Paesi bandiera arancione
Municipality of Pietramontecorvino
Piazza Martiri del Terrorismo 1 - Pietramontecorvino (FG)
Tel. +39 0881 555020
Between thick woods and clear springs of the Northern Dauni Mountains, stands Pietramontecorvino, in Puglia. besides having a healthy environment and intact (the waters, the forest of Sant'Onofrio, enogastronomy), still preserves a beautiful historic center with the characteristic houses-caves. Site in the wide valley of the ford of the hooks, Pietramontecorvino leads into his name the memory of the bond with the ancient medieval center of Montecorvino.
Founded around the year 1000 and disappeared in the XV century, today it is an archaeological site at about 7 km away from the village. The ruins of a Norman tower and the cathedral are the only testimonies sent up to us of his existence. The few surviving inhabitants found refuge on the hills and the surrounding mountains, precisely in those houses-caves carved in stone. Montecorvino was a fortress built by the Byzantine catapano Basilio Bojoannes around 1018, the episcopal seat, and has passed through the five historical periods of Southern Italy: Byzantine, Norman, Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese.
The first document that is memory of stone, instead, designates it as "feud of two soldiers": the "Catalog of Barons", dating back to the second half of the XII century. Crossing the beautiful gothic arch of Port'Alta the visitor who comes to Pietramontecorvino relives a moment in the past by visiting the ancient rione, called "Terravecchia", still almost intact, with its sixteenth-century Palazzo Ducale, the Norman Tower and the Mother Church, that dominate on the houses arranged as a comb along the degrading of the hill between stairs, arches and alleys. The patron saint of the village is Sant'Alberto: the only "living stone" of the now disappeared town of Montecorvino who lives only for a few hours, every year, on 16 May. Some miracles characterize, in life, his figure. Today Stone we retain only a bone of the forearm in new case of silver in the shape of an arm: the arm of Sant'Alberto. Since 1889, every year, on 16 May, the people of Stone went on pilgrimage to the ruins of the ancient city, bringing in a procession with the statue of the Saint, preserved in the mother church of stone. The cult of Saint Alberto dates back to the XII century. After the Mass, is also carried out a ceremony of propitiatory type of the agricultural world: the "blessing of cardinal points". The statue of the Saint is carried to the four sides of the ruins of the cathedral and arranged with the face turned to the fields: in this way is imparted the blessing to crops. The statue of the saint is accompanied along the entire path from the characteristic "palij": Question of long drums of trees covered with multicolored handkerchiefs that form the "palio". Before the World War II the palio was unique and not exceeding 4 m, today also reaches the 20 m. of height. The team of the carriers is now composed of 6 to a maximum of 10 Persons: 3-4 working to support the palio at the base where it is placed in horizontal, a steel rod, while the rest of the components is assigned to support the palio with ropes hooked around it so that you can check and keep it in equilibrium. The Palio is "dressed" 3-4 days before the feast with gussets and shawls held together with bands for babies, collected from house to house and that were returned after the feast. Who gave a gusset for the Palio is deprived of an object very staff to be able to fly in honor of the Holy and to obtain the graces; who gave the band of your child protection requested for the Son. At the top of each palio are added long colored ribbons and a plume. The territory of Pietramontecorvino is finally rich of green areas. Here we have one of the most beautiful areas of the Monti Dauni, in the locality called cells, characterized by the archaeological site of Sant'Onofrio and two fresh sources: the "Stack of the thief" and "stack of Sant'Onofrio". Sant'Onofrio, represents a beautiful agglomeration of trees of various species and associates, to the ecological interest for this uncontaminated place, a precious historical testimony. Among secular trees in fact there are the ruins of an old convent whose construction, according to some historical citations, is attributed to the Franciscans who dedicated to Sant'Onofrio, from which the forest took the name.
NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.