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Belonging to the Sarmento Valley, right at the base of the Pollino, Cersosimo is a picturesque village to be discovered that allows you to take a step back in time.
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In the heart of the Pollino Park, Cersosimo is a thousand-year-old blend of history and uncontaminated nature whose gastronomy is based on ancient traditions that favour strong but genuine flavours.
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About the village

Origins
The walls still visible today, are datable to the fourth century BC and are located on Mount Castello. It is assumed that they were built by Lucanian people who inhabited the area, as can be seen from the remains of the Greek-Lucanian acropolis. The village itself was built all around the Kyr-Zosimo monastery founded by monks coming from the East around the year 1000 when the village was dominated by the Normans. In the following centuries, Cersosimo saw the passing of the dominion of different feudatories among which the Sanseverino and Pignatelli families.
Between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, when the place was dependent on the nearby Nerpoli, the country saw a strong change in urban planning, when it was rebuilt almost entirely the town that is what you can see today. In the eighteenth century, Cersosimo passed under the rule of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and then under the Bourbons until 1861 when the unification of the Kingdom of Italy took place.

What to see
Not particularly large, Cersosimo allows the tourist to discover its interesting historical center where it is possible to recognize an urban fabric in Renaissance Baroque style, where there are also elements dating back to the Middle Ages and the ancient Greek-Lucan walls dating back to the IV century B.C.
The picturesque little alleys join the real fulcrum of the village, that is the central square where there is the parish church built between '400 and '500.
To see, just near the beginning of the old part of the village, the remains of the monastery of Kir-Zosimo whose peculiarity is due to its masonry made of stones of different sizes placed horizontally and joined together with mortar.
Another attraction to visit is the fifteenth-century church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli.
Also the noble palaces of the suburb (XVIII-XIX sec.) fascinate the tourists because of their splendid portals in carved stone and wood, among which doesn't pass unnoticed the eighteenth-century Palazzo Valicenti.
Also interesting is the exploration of the archaeological area of Monte Castello where the Greek-Lucan Acropolis was located.

What to do
Those who visit Cersosimo can consider it as a starting point to organize interesting naturalistic excursions with Mount Carnara as the final destination. On the other hand, the village is inserted in the beautiful Sarmento valley and is located in the center of the Pollino National Park where it is possible to be in contact with nature. In fact, in addition to tourist excursions, it is possible to go on interesting horseback rides to discover the most picturesque places in the Park, as well as to have fun with your mountain bike on perfectly organized paths and trails. Don't forget that the village is part of the Naturarte itinerary.
Among the paths of the parks of Basilicata, Naturarte is an event that is organized annually from April to May where you can stay for an entire weekend to discover the protected areas of Lucania and where events such as concerts, cultural events and workshops are held.
The places offer panoramas rich in atmosphere that vary from the highlands of Pollino rich in scenic beech forests to enjoy the beaches of the nearby Ionian coast. The Pollino National Park is an unmissable destination for all nature lovers and birdwatchers as they could see kestrels, peregrine falcons, woodpeckers and eagle owls.

Typical dishes and flavors of the village of Cersosimo
As for many other small Italian realities, also in Cersosimo gastronomy is based on ancient traditions which prefer strong but genuine flavors. During the cold season, one of the typical dishes is represented by a soup made of legumes and pork rind which is cooked on a low flame inside an earthenware container called pignatta: it is called skorze arrej arrej. Pork is the main ingredient for other preparations as well, as pork is part of the local culinary tradition. Here, then, is a triumph of sausages, ham, spicy brawn and pork rind in jelly. Another specialty is the one that refers to dairy products ranging from delicate ricotta to pecorino, passing through caciocavallo and cacio ricotta.
The specialties of the village of Cersosimo that women frequently prepare, is represented by fresh homemade pasta, especially rasatelli and firzuli prepared with bread crumbs.
Not to be missed is the exquisite kid which is offered both grilled and baked. A good local habit is to eat at the end of the meal, dried fruits such as crocette, which are made of dried figs enriched by walnuts or almonds.
The local wine is excellent to accompany meals, as it is sincere and has an intense flavor.

Municipality of Cersosimo
Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

Inhabitants: 591
Altitude center: 548 m.s.l.

The City
Via Fratelli Bandiera - Tel. 0973/94023

= distances as the crow flies

IN CAR

  • From the freeway A3 [SA-RC]: exit at Lauria Nord, take the fondovalle Sinnica, after the exit of Francavilla sul Sinni take the fondovalle Sarmento (exit Noepoli, just before Senise) and follow the indications for Cersosimo.
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  • From the Basentana (west): exit at Brienza, follow the direction for Taranto, at the height of Sant'Arcangelo (on the Val d'Agri) exit for Senise, then take the Sinnica up to the Sarmento valley floor (exit Noepoli, shortly after Senise), follow the signs for Cersosimo.
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  • Always from the Basentana (east): exit Pisticci Scalo, continue to Craco-Tursi, then take the Sinnica direction Senise, exit on the valley floor Sarmento (just after Valsinni), follow the signs for Cersosimo.
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  • From the Jonica road (SS 106): exit on the Sinnica valley floor (between Policoro and Nova Siri), take the Sarmento valley floor (immediately after Valsinni), follow the signs for Cersosimo.
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  • Always from Jonica (SS 106): exit on the valley floor for Oriolo (between Roseto Capo Spulico and Amendolara) and proceed to Cersosimo.
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  • From the Sarmentana valley floor access to S.Giorgio L., to Noepoli, to the SS.481 for Cersosimo, with a branch to S.Paolo Alb. and to the SS.92 for Terranova di Pollino with a branch to S. Costantino Alb.
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Events

from
tuesday
10
august, 2021
to wednesday 11 august 2021

Feast of St Vincent Ferreri

from
sunday
15
may, 2022
to monday 16 may 2022

Festa Madonna di Costantinopoli

monday
13
june, 2022

Feast of St Anthony

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At the foot of Pollino is Cersosimo, one of the ancient Lucanian villages in the Sarmento valley, where the attachment to the land and traditions has remained unchanged over time.There are many typical food and wine products from this area, such as cured meats, in particular sausages and soppressata, made from pork. Another speciality is dairy products, ranging from delicate ricotta to pecorino, caciocavallo and cacio ricotta. Not to forget the oil, wine, pulses and much more. Each product has contributed to the origin of an importa...
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