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Do you know Oriolo, the 'Matera calabrese'?

Do you know Oriolo, the 'Matera calabrese'?

In the year in which Matera is playing the prestigious role of European Capital of Culture, there is another village in Southern Italy destined to attract more and more the attention of national and international tourism. We are talking about Oriolo, a Calabrian town of about 2100 inhabitants perched on a rocky spur between the hills of Cosenza. From a geological and architectural point of view, in fact, it is very similar to the Città dei Sassi, in relation to which it was awarded the "Moral Patronage for Matera 2019", granted directly by the "Matera Basilicata 2019" Foundation thanks to its Museum and Librarian Pole, cultural center of the small medieval village.

«We had heard of Oriolo, but seeing this village in person was a really happy discovery», said Pinella Carlucci, who has been organizing coach trips to Calabria for several years, and also involving various people from Matera. Among the mountain destinations planned for the tour, there is also Oriolo. «The aspect that struck us most was the organization - explains the promoter of the trip - The cultural assets well connected to each other, recovered in an excellent way and visited in comfort».

Oriolo

From the Castle to Giannettasio Palace, passing through the laboratories present in the House of Arts and Ideas, up to the exhibitions set up in some ancient houses recovered in the historic center that have become real ateliers, Oriolo is a small archive of history and traditions.

«From small things we have understood that in these parts the reception is spontaneous and daily - continues Mrs Pinella - And in today's tourism this aspect makes the difference. Plants with flowers in front of the houses, clean streets and the possibility of being able to take advantage of toilets and internal spaces to have a packed lunch: a nice comfort especially on rainy or cold days».

The invitation, then, is to visit Oriolo, the "Matera calabrese".

By Redazione
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Events in Oriolo

  • Patronal Feast of San Giorgio
    23-04-2020 | Oriolo (CS)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2020-04-23 2020-04-23 Europe/Rome Patronal Feast of San Giorgio The cult of S. George was imported in Oriolo in Norman period and consolidated especially in '600. The family Pinion Del Carretto, that dominated Oriolo from 1552, had a strong devotion to the Saint of Cappadocia and, on the occasion of the annual feast, sent men of the "Battalion " spare to the Saint. The Battalion hired by the Prince of Oriolo in 1604 consisted of five horse soldiers and twenty-five "Pedestrians". Probably the presence of soldiers were also dictated by the need to safeguard the silver statue carried in procession. The tradition of the stock to the Saint is still preserved and the day of the feast of the patron saint, the Guard " " S. Giorgio gear in front of the statue for the entire procession. The patronal feasts are preceded by the fair of the vigil. Also the fair is a sixteenth-century tradition. In Oriolo the feast of S. Giorgio has traditionally attracted many devotees especially of origin italo-Albanian, partepavano that the rites and procession wearing their precious traditional costumes. One of traditions more solid is the presence of "sunacchiari" (musicians of bagpipes) that continuously follow the statue of the Saint, spreading lullabies that recall the past and the mountains covered with snow. The procession, which winds firstly for the streets of the historical center (Ground) and announced by the guard of the Nineteenth Century , is opened from the "player of the Palio". A dèvoto manages to do pirouettes with a perch of four meters, covered by a cloth, once with the image of S. Francesco da Paola, surmounted by a globe on which stands a baroque cross . After the band and close to the eighteenth-century statue, once silver (1695), driving the second group of "cops" indossanti uniform typical spanish 1595. Oriolo

    The cult of S. George was imported in Oriolo in Norman period and consolidated especially in '600. The family Pinion Del Carretto, that dominated Oriolo from 1552, had a strong devotion to the Saint of...

    Village of Oriolo

  • Feast of St Francis of Paola
    24-04-2020 | Oriolo (CS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-24 2020-04-24 Europe/Rome Feast of St Francis of Paola Even more solemn and participated is the feast of S. Francesco da Paola, which is celebrated the day after the celebration of the Patron Saint. S. Francesco da Paola is the patron saint of Oriolo even if, at the end of the seventeenth century, was chosen as patron of Oriolo. For devotees of the Holy calabrese the climax is the exposure and the kiss dela relic of the Holy , kept in a silver relic of the beginning of the eighteenth century. The modalities of the feast of S. Francesco are the same as those for S. Giorgio. Concomitant to the solemn Mass, involving the two "cops", is the rod (auction) of all the gifts brought by the faithful: the household goods of various kinds, the products of the land, food. It is traditionally offers in S. Francis the lamb as a remembrance of the sheep "Martinella" saved by the Holy. The earth but shall contribute toward the expenditure necessary for the feast with cash contribution. Also the procession of the feast of Saint of Charity, announced by the campanone of 1600, winds initially for the streets of the historic center and then through the new part of the country. Brought to the shoulder on the basis golden baroque, the Saint is stopped in front of each door in order to bless the family domiciliante. At the height of the old market has launched the "ball", a ballooning of reduced dimensions on which is painted with the image of the Saint of the day. By the success of the launch you derive wishes for the crops of the following year. The procession ends late at night and culminates in the greeting to patron saints with a long applause, while the bearers of the statue turn the same several times, as if the Holy celebrated responds to the greeting of his faithful. Oriolo

    Even more solemn and participated is the feast of S. Francesco da Paola, which is celebrated the day after the celebration of the Patron Saint. S. Francesco da Paola is the patron saint of Oriolo even...

    Village of Oriolo


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