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The position of the village has long been the subject of contention between the Lombards and Byzantines, peoples who have left tangible signs of their presence in the country, evident especially in sacred architecture. In addition to the noble palaces, the architectures that can be admired in Rivello are above all sacred buildings, distributed in the historic center alone, many of which retain typical elements of Byzantine architecture with a semi-cylindrical apse decorated with hanging arches and covered with tiles arranged in steps.
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A look at Rivello
A look at Rivello
Basilicata unknown, Rivello (Potenza)  | Gianni  Lazazzera - e-borghi Community
Basilicata unknown, Rivello (Potenza)
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In the section of the Salerno / ReggioCalabria highway you can see the hilltop and surrounded by green this little village with white houses and red roofs. It is Rivello, in the province of Potenza, a jewel that deserves to be seen in the most beautiful v  | Gianni  Lazazzera - e-borghi Community
In the section of the Salerno / ReggioCalabria ...
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About the village

The origins of the village of Rivello date back to the early Middle Ages. However, numerous are the archaeological finds that designate Rivello the heir of the Lucan city - already existing since the pre-Roman period - of Sirinos.

Note is the division, starting in the Middle Ages, of the city into two distinct districts, the upper one, whose inhabitants, called bardàvis, were linked to the Latin rite church (San Nicola di Bari) and the lower one, whose inhabitants , bardàsci, were supporters of the Greek rite parish (Santa Maria del Poggio).

The monument of greater merit is certainly the convent of Sant'Antonio, placed in the lower part of the inhabited area, far from the center. The Church of Santa Maria del Poggio, spectacularly raised as a fortress on the top of the hill "Poggio".

Between the more traditional activities and renowned there are those craft, linked to the peasant culture and pastoral.
These activities that far from disappearing are instead flourishing again, and they are distinguished for the processing of copper, iron, as well as the art of ceramics and majolica.


Resist still in the toponymy "Fonte dei Lombardi" and "Piazza dei Greci", references to the two opposing ethnic groups, who gave life to the city: Lombards, stanziatisi certainly as a result of the barbarian invasions, and Greeks, probably originating, following its destruction by the Saracens, from nearby Velia from which it says the name derives modern (Rivello i.e. Re-Velia). Indeed, the motto of the common recitation even today "Iterum Velia renovata Revellum" (Once Velia, renewed in Rivello). Another likely etymological origin of the name, must be sought in a formation of the iterative type "King Vallare" i.e. fortify again, from which a late Latin Revallo.

The fief of Sanseverino, Ravaschiero and Pinelli, Rivello you ransomed, in the course of the XVIII century, becoming a free city (University). The XVIII century it was the most flourishing, so much so that there was a strong immigration which led to a considerable increase in population, as testified by the ecclesiastical archives. Unfortunately the arrival of the French caused a decline, due to the uncertainty of the historical moment. After the Congress of Vienna and the reastaurazione of Bourbon regime, there were signs of recovery; but fate was now marked: With the arrival of the Piedmontese, after the expedition of the Thousand and then the constitution of the Kingdom of Italy, the political choices of the first governments, the phenomenon of brigandage, misery and the lack of work, forced hundreds of Rivellesi, as well as throughout the center - South, to emigrate to the Americas, in search of a better fate.

After the Second World War, returned the emigration, this time in the direction of the North of Italy, in particular toward Lombardy, but also for Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. This phenomenon was very marked between the end of the fifties and the mid-seventies.

the gastronomic Specialities of Rivello invokes the best peasant tradition, made of poor ingredients, simple but genuine, exquisitely prepared. Today some of the dishes are increasinglyù researched and prepared more on special occasions and festivities. Among the typical dishes are:

  • the homemade pasta made with wheat flour: fusilli, ravioli, “laghenelle” (noodles) and “cavatiell'” (gnocchi);
  • “laghene and fasule sfritte”, noodles and beans from season just drained with oil and garlic “sfritto” in abundant oil with the addition of red pepper ground;
  • the polenta with the “Terms”, polenta with pieces of sausage that in the past, when the meal was served in a single dish, served to delimit the portion accruing to each diner;
  • kid or lamb barbecued;
  • stuffed rabbit to the sauce stuffed with a mixture of crumbled bread, sultanas, eggs, parsley, garlic, a pinch of black pepper, chicken livers soffritti, salt and a little extra virgin olive oil to amalgamate everything.
  • “ghiummariell'”, roulades of intestines of lamb or kid stuffed with cheese, parsley, garlic and black pepper;
  • the sausage, a sausage in budelle long and narrow, made with pork meat processed by hand with the knife and flavored with salt, pepper red powder and fennel seeds;
  • the "soperzàta", a sausage in budelle wide cut short, made with the best pork (thread and the thigh muscle) machined at the tip of the knife into very small pieces with the addition of very little fat, salt and black pepper. It is a salami from the fragrant aroma, slightly spicy and sweet and delicate that's used as appetizer;
  • “o' sangonacce”, sweet that is prepared with the blood of the pig is characteristic of this period.

Over the traditions already mentioned there are at least four other:

  • The 13 December, the day of Santa Lucia, you use to cook and eat the "tbspìa", a soup composed of thirteen legumes: "cicerchie", chickpeas, "dolch", beans of three different quality, spelt, beans, wheat, granone white and yellow lentils and peas, that then you also taste to families in the neighborhood.
  • For Christmas You prepare "zeppole grown" whose ingredients are: flour, water, natural yeast and salt. Fried and then dressed with sugar and honey.
  • Carnival you prepare, instead, sfogliatelle, cicerata and talk. Groups of children masked for the streets of the country should be playing “u' cup' cup'”, a tool ancient done with a tin plate on which is stretched a thin skin of pork with at the center a straw that moving and vibrating produces the typical sound that accompanies the verses of the homonymous traditional canto.
  • Whenever there is a birth, in the country are sounds 'o' desppònze'. The members of the family of the newborn ask the parish priest of ringing bells to give the glad tidings to the whole community. At regular intervals the bell sounds three times if is born a boy and two more times if is born a girl.

Village of Rivello
Municipality of Rivello

Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

Population: 2.746
Altitude centre: 479 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Unione Lucana del Lagonegrese

Protected natural areas:
Lucanian Apennines, Val d'Agri and Lagonregrese National Park

Municipality of Rivello
Viale Monastero 48 - Rivello (PZ)
Tel. +39 0973 46004


  • Take the A3 (SA-RC) highway, take the Lagonegro Nord exit and continue on the 585 Fondovalle del Noce state road.


  • Maratea station
  • Sapri station
  • Praia a Mare station


  • Naples airport
  • Lamezia Terme airport

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august, 2020

Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the rione Rotale

august, 2020

Feast of the Assumption

august, 2020

Feast of Santa Margherita in the homonymous hamlet

september, 2020
to tuesday 15 september 2020

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows of Motta

december, 2020

Anniversary of the death of San Nicola

december, 2020

San Nicola di Bari

april, 2021

The Meeting

may, 2021

Feast of San Giuseppe in St. Costantine's hamlet

may, 2021

Translation of the bones of St Nicholas

june, 2021
to sunday 13 june 2021

Feast of Sant'Antonio

july, 2021

Feast of the Madonna del Popolo

july, 2021

Feast of the Madonna in Sovereto's hamlet

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