Montescaglioso acquires the name of "City of Monasteries", thanks to the Benedictine Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo
 
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The village of monasteries

The Night of Cucibocca (January 5)
An ancient tradition that marks the end of the holidays and the christmas libations. A sort of initiation to teach children to overcome fear. The mysterious Cucibocca roam between the alleys of the town wearing a dark skirt and a "cappellaccio", the face unrecognizable behind a flowing beard of hemp. At the foot have a broken chain and in his hand a big needle with which threaten to sew the mouth to children, that curious about the approach. Better not cry.

The Carnival of Montese (4,11 and 13 February)
a parade of masks connected to ancient popular rites. The allegorical floats, made by young cartapestai montesi custodians of a secular tradition, animate the streets of the village. At midnight on Shrove Tuesday, when burned the puppet representing Carnevalone, you hear the forty chiming of Mother Church. The day after, hanging from a rope, the seven figures of Lent appear in the narrow streets of the village, to remember the Lenten obligations of good Christian: fasting, abstinence and penance.

The Carnevalone (13 February)
at the first lights of the dawn of the Shrove Tuesday begins the parade of traditional Carnevalone, a very ancient rite that has its roots in the agricultural-pastoral culture. The first to appear is 'u Fus, the Parca. Launches in road, by making it rotate in the earth, its melt of wood hooked to a rope, symbol of destiny: Do not be hit. Quaremma, wife of Carnevalone, is dressed in black as its six daughters, each of which represents one of the weeks of Lent. In Quaremma arm Carnevalicchio port, a puppet dressed in white, symbol of Easter. Closes the procession the old and tired Carnevalone that, in the back of a donkey, passes through the streets of the village, aware of his imminent death.

Other destinations nearby

Metaponto
Metaponto
Metaponto is one of the most important bathing resorts of the ionian coast lucana.
Matera - 23.86 KM from Montescaglioso
Craco
Craco
Craco is called the "ghost town". Today it is possible to visit the country with a guided tour, along a route secured.
Matera - 27.53 KM from Montescaglioso
San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte
The village of San Mauro Forte is located in Basilicata and is famous for the Cowbells Feast.
Matera - 35.65 KM from Montescaglioso
Cassano delle Murge
Cassano delle Murge
Cassano delle Murge is a village lying on the slopes of the Murgia, from which overlooks the city of Bari.
Bari - 38.06 KM from Montescaglioso
Tursi
Tursi
Tursi is a medieval center of the fifth century, originally born around the castle and subsequently developed in the valley below.
Matera - 38.33 KM from Montescaglioso
Policoro
Policoro
Policoro rises in the center of the Gulf of Taranto. In addition to the sea and archeology, Policoro boasts a particularly interesting village
Matera - 38.46 KM from Montescaglioso

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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