Tricarico with its traditional carnival masks is located in Basilicata.
 
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Tricarico

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Municipality of Tricarico
Province of Matera
Basilicata Region

Population: 5.292
Altitude centre: 698 m s.l.m.

Municipality of Tricarico
Via Don Pancrazio Toscano - Tricarico (MT)
Tel. +39 0835 526111

Tricarico is an arab-norman village and possesses one of the historical centers most important medieval and best preserved of Basilicata.

Within the current perimeter of the village there are archaeological remains dating back to the V century B.C. the first documents that attest the existence dates back to the time of the Lombards in 849.
It was later, between the IX and X Centuries, Arab stronghold and subsequently fortified city (kastron byzantine). In the fifteenth century saw the presence of a substantial jewish community and in the sixteenth century a Albanian community, concomitantly with the presence, to the guide of the feud, Erina (or Irina) Castriota Scanderbeg, wife of Prince Pietro Antonio Sanseverino and grandson of the albanian hero Giorgio Castriota Scanderbeg.

Certainly deserve a visit the Norman Tower, the symbol of the village, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the convent of Sant'Antonio da Padova.

The Màshk-r (Masks) of Tricarico is one of the carnivals of tradition lucana characterized by the masks of the cow, which envisages a headgear from which a membrane composed of many tapes of different color that arrive in my ankles and del Toro, very similar but with the predominance of the color black with red definitions. They represent and simulate a herd engaged in transhumance. It is a tradition accompanied by serenades, songs and dances in the midst of improvised banquet at the basis of salami and other small specialties.

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Other destinations nearby

Campomaggiore
Campomaggiore
Visiting Campomaggiore means knowing two cities immersed in the nature of Basilicata.
Potenza - 8.69 KM from Tricarico
Castelmezzano
Castelmezzano
A stairs carved into the rock leads to the guard post of the military garrison which monitored the Valle del Basento.
Potenza - 11.57 KM from Tricarico
Pietrapertosa
Pietrapertosa
The village of Pietrapertosa has been founded in the VIII century B.C. on the Dolomiti Lucane, by the Pelasgians.
Potenza - 13.62 KM from Tricarico
Irsina
Irsina
Irsina is one of the oldest villages of Basilicata.
Matera - 15.69 KM from Tricarico
San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte
The village of San Mauro Forte is located in Basilicata and is famous for the Cowbells Feast.
Matera - 17.42 KM from Tricarico
Cirigliano
Cirigliano
The village of Cirigliano is located in Basilicata, in the historical region of Lucania.
Matera - 25.56 KM from Tricarico

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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