The village of Rotondella has very ancient origins. Rotondella is mentioned in 1261 as Rotunda Marinis, a term probably derived from its particular circular shape and position facing the Ionian Sea. In the historic center, the mother church dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie and the church of Sant'Antonio da Padova, belonging to the Franciscan convent of the Zoccolanti, are worth a visit.
Strolling through the streets of the village, you can notice the "lamie" of Bitonte, dating back to 1600. Are stone arches at a time, below the tread of the palace of family property Bitonte, from which the name.
The various buildings existing today were built after 1770, when a Rotondella is definitively exceeds the crisis of 1764, the production resumes its normal rhythm and the cultivation of cotton wool becomes very profitable.
In 1772 was built the Palazzo Tucci, the actual palazzo Cospito. The Ielpo palace, built in the early years of the twentieth century, stands where before there was the pharmacy of Benedetta Laguardia, daughter of the apothecary Giambattista and wife of Francesco Antonio Albisinni.
The Palazzo Rondinelli was built at the end of the XVI century by the family Agnesi and is still accessible. In the vicinity there was a defense tower (the so-called Tower of the Prison) equipped with a wooden bridge that linked the two structures in order to avoid the attacks of the Turks.
The Albisinni Palace, built in 1770, is in baroque style with portals and windows in carved stone from chisellers came from Rivello and from Padula. The palace is composed of many rooms are arranged on two floors, in one of them you will find the Chapel of San Gaetano destined for religious ceremonies. Ends with a large terrace from which you can admire the whole Ionian coast.
Village of Rotondella
The municipality of Rotondella
Province of Matera
Altitude center: 576 m a.s.l.
Protected Natural Areas:
Riserva Naturale Orientata Bosco Pantano Policoro
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