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In this region of Basilicata there are several villages that have taken upon themselves to decorate and let some local artists have a blank canvas so to speak with their village walls, the three towns of Satriano di Lucania, Sant’Angelo alle Fratte and Savoia di Lucania make up the mural villages. Savoia di Lucania is the least known of three mural villages its focus of subject matter though is very specific first with the life of City Saint San Rocco followed by the infamous son the anarchist cook Giovanni Passannante.

After his failed bombing attempt in 1878 Passannante was jailed tortured and sentenced to death, his family was also arrested they were later freed and his sentence reduced to life imprisonment. The prison that the anarchist was sent to was Elba and his confinement was solitary he remained a prisoner there until he went insane in 1910 and was sent to an asylum where he died very shortly after but this was not the last to heard from Passannante.

On May 11th 2007 97 years after his death Giovanni Passannante was again causing quite a stir this time as he was being sent back to Savoia di Lucania to be buried or at least his head after having been on display for the past 95 years or so in the Museum of Criminology in Rome. Apparently Giovanni’s skull and brain were displayed as part of 19th century eugenicists theory that criminality is inherited and that certain characteristics could be observed, the anarchist was the main display a fate possibly engineered by offended parties.

I took this on Sept 24, 2018 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 Lens at 28mm 1/30s f`11 ISO 100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Basilicata Europe Italia Italy PZ Province of Potenza Savoia Di Lucania

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Savoia di Lucania is a medieval village that sits on its hilltop cradled by the surrounding by inhospitable Apennines running parallel to the Alburni mountains and overlooking the trickle of the Melandro river and the valley surrounding it. If getting back to nature in quiet isolation is your thing this village has it in spades 32 square kms covered in beech forests and perched from 350m to a full km above sea level it makes for an interesting walkabout.

The village until the 19th century went by another name for a millennia “Salvia di Luncania” or most commonly Salvia meaning sage in Italy because of the wild sage that grows in abundance in the area. The name change took place because of the villages most infamous son Giovanni Passannante an anarchist took it upon himself to try to assassinate the King of Italy King Umberto I, son of Vittorio Emanuele II of the royal family of Savoy on November 17, 1878 in Naples.

In order to distance themselves from the treasonous acts of Passannante and show their loyalty to the King the town renamed itself after the royal family hence the name Savoia di Lucania that town now goes by. The town also has a small museum dedicated to this event called the “Museum of Memory – The Story of an Anarchist” with a section explaining anarchism and another explaining fascism along with a short film explaining the forces acting upon Passannante to drive him to his act.

I took this on Sept 24, 2018 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 Lens at 48mm 1/100s f`11 ISO 100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Basilicata Europe Italia Italy PZ Province of Potenza Savoia Di Lucania

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Somewhere along the Via Roma on our way to visit Savoia di Lucania we came upon the pastoral scene captured here with the light cutting through the clouds illuminating the farmstead in such a way that it was unable to be ignored everything about it immediately made me want to live here. Basilicata is one of those Italian regions that unless you or your ancestors are from there you would never visit which makes it very high up on my list of places to see before this changes and it becomes overrun.

This region if you are trying to visualize where it is located would be the instep of Italy’s boot and during Roman times this area was called Lucania from the Latin for sacred wood, unfortunately they did not hold it as sacred as the could deforesting most areas. If you love the mountains you will love Basilicata it is the most mountainous region in the south with over 47% of its almost 10,000 square km land mass covered in mountains and the rest covered by hills and dales with about 8% forming the flat land.

Basilicata was never heavily populated in its history but the 20th century saw mass emigration occur to North and South America, the region has never fully recovered from this exodus and the population density is still less than 59 people per square km. While I hope to show people the beautiful scenery and villages that I have had the pleasure of witnessing I am always concerned that the very things that attracted me to the area may be things I am helping to destroy by making people familiar with them.

I took this on Sept 24, 2018 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 Lens at 68mm 1/60s f`11 ISO 100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Basilicata Europe Italia Italy PZ Province of Potenza Savoia Di Lucania

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Some places you experience some places you see along the way like this capture of Cancellara along the right bank of the Alvo river among the vineyards and olive tree plantations in the Valle del Basento.
As much as I want to see every little town and village in an area that I visit time is not my friend, on our way to our accommodations for the evening we crossed paths with this little village between Acerenza and Pignola our evening destination as the sun lowers in the horizon.

Like everything in Basilicata Cancellara is old, people have been living here from the 4th century BC and also like most things in the region it has passed through many hands from Greeks, Romans, Lombard’s, Normans to Swabians even briefly in the 19th century under Napoleon’s Republic becoming a Carbonara Rivendita. The towns name is thought to be derived from Roman days named either for the Latin phrase for prison camp "Ager cancellatus" or the Latin word canculi which is a trap used for hunting animals.

The little village is probably best known for its smoked sausage celebrated for its quality and taste throughout the region the technique as well as the recipe has remained almost unchanged for centuries. The careful selection of the right meats from the fall pigs, correct ingredients and spices and generational techniques to rest, smoke and dry the sausage culminate in a finished product celebrated during a Feb 3rd sausage festival in conjunction with the city Saint day feast of Saint Blaise.

I took this on Sept 22, 2018 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 Lens at 98mm 1/50s f`11 ISO 100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Basilicata Cancellara Europe Italia Italy PZ Province of Potenza

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I just watched “On the Vine” a rather cute Canadian/Italian movie set in this small ancient village while the movie was nice the scenery stole the show for me and brought back some very good memories of wandering around just enjoying the scenery and the lived in feel of the village. The town sits on a steep tufa plateau overseeing the junction of the Brandano and Fiumarella rivers most likely the reason it has been settled for almost 3000 years, a source of water nearby and high ground to have great defensive fortifications.

The city has always been at a crossroads for travelers from the Romans traveling to the south when it was known then as Acheruntia having a temple dedicated to Hercules to the crusaders traveling to and from the Holy Land then being called Basilicata by the Normans after raising the Cathedral. The Norman renaming didn’t stick for the town but the region owes its moniker to the this little ancient village and its Duomo dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta e San Canio.

There is a rather mysterious side to Acerenza with a long association with the Knights Templar, there is legend that says within the walls of the cathedral lies the Holy Grail found in the Holy Land then hidden in this quiet unassuming little town. Why would anyone think there is truth to this legend, well Ugo dei Pagani founder of the Order of the Templars was born just a few kilometers from Acerenza and he is reported to have made the return trip from the Holy Land with the chalice and secreted it away in a holy place he was very familiar with.

I took this on Sept 22, 2018 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 Lens at 28mm 1/20s f`11 ISO 100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Acerenza Basilicata Europe Italia Italy PZ Province of Potenza


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