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Perched on a spur about 500 meters high, Oriolo was born as a fortress to defend populations fleeing the coasts due to the constant incursions of the Saracens. Today the village retains its structure as a medieval village with noble palaces and a main road that leads directly to the Aragonese castle.
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About the village

The sheltering village of Oriolo was born as a fortress to defend the populations fleeing from the coasts due to the continuous Saracen raids. Perched on a rocky spur at about 500 meters of height, preserves a splendid medieval village intact, with beautiful facades of palaces, on the main road that leads to the aragonese castle.

It was a feud first of Sanseverino from Salerno and then to move in the XVI century, the marquises Pinion Del Carretto. And following the noble Soria family until 1978. Until the second world war the country had a population of about 5000 inhabitants, and was the major center of Alto Jonio and point of reference for the countries of the Arberia (Albanesi) and Pollino, saw almost halve its population, which is arrived at about 2600 inhabitants.

Around the year One Thousand Oriolo was already a "civitas". In 1129 Oriolo came encircled of siege and taken from King Ruggero, while in 1265 Oriolo was possessed by Charles II of Anjou. In 1403 was already possessed by the Sanseverino family, princes of Salerno and large of Spain, which however, headed a conspiracy and the feud was expropriated by the Royal Court. In 1571 a large group of Oriolesi participated in the battle of Lepanto. To memory was introduced in Oriolo devotion and the feast of the Virgin of the Rosary, is celebrated on the first sunday of october. In 1647, during the note revolution of Masaniello, rebels oriolesi occupied the castle, damaging furnishings and looting of everything, after having forced the pinion to surrender.

On 8 January 1693 a telluric event took place the whole of Calabria and also Oriolo, but the urban layout of the village ruled to the shocks. Another important factor is the letter of Giuseppe Garibaldi addressed to Joseph Pinion Del Carretto on 10 September 1860. The Marquis of Oriolo found himself having to face, together with the representatives of the Bourbon government, a very delicate situation.

Oriolo saw halve its population in little more than half a century but nevertheless maintains the tourist vocation already developed from the second half of the twentieth century, thanks also to the Outdoor Theater "la Portella".

Certainly deserve a visit to the Church of San Giorgio and the Castle.


Among the numerous typical dishes and products that characterize Oriolo from the point of view of the enogastronomic excellencies, we point out the three that boast the Municipal Designation:

  • The Milk Kid. The consumption of meat of kid is in the tradition of Oriolo and calabrese, linked to the period of the festivities. The kid represents a typical dish of the peasant civilization. Offal and offal of juvenile infants are used for the preparation of "susfritt the crapitt or stigljou" (fried kid or stigliola), juvenile integers were roasted over the coals. Famous is also the "capicell" (head) which is divided the two parts and covered with bread mollicato seasoned with spices and baked in the oven, "u sangcill" blood kid boiled and then baked with poperoni, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and oregano "gliommarìll' the entrails of kid knotted.
  • I Taralli. Amber, friable and with a strong aroma of wild fennel - the ingredient which characterizes them - I taralli of Oriolo are prepared working wheat flour, white wine, extra virgin olive oil, eggs, salt and, precisely, wild fennel seeds of the place. I taralli before being baked in the oven are boiled in water and then cooked in a wood-burning oven.
  • The Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In Calabria the presence of olive trees is documented at least since the time of the Greeks (VIII/VII sec. b.C.), when the plant arrived in southern Italy imported from Asia Minor, but you must to the Romans, with the introduction of important innovations and the improvement of techniques olearie, the enormous development and dissemination of this ancient culture.

Village of Oriolo
Municipality of Oriolo

Province of Cosenza
Calabria Region

Population: 2.174
Altitude centre: 450 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Paesi Bandiera Arancione

Municipality of Oriolo
Via Pietro Toscani 75 - Oriolo (CS)
Tel. +39 0981 930871

BY CAR

  • From the A3 SA- RC highway, take the "Frascineto-Catrovillari" exit and proceed on the SS 106 towards Sibari - Villapiana - Trebisacce - to Amendolara, after two km take the SS 481 towards Oriolo.
  • From the A14 BO - TA highway, take the "Palagiano" exit and proceed on the SS 106 Jonica for Reggio Calabria to Roseto Capo Spulico, after a Krn take the SS 481 towards Oriolo.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Amendolara railway station

BY PLANE

  • Airport of Lamezia Terme

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Events

friday
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april, 2021

Patronal Feast of San Giorgio

saturday
24
april, 2021

Feast of St Francis of Paola

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