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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting town of Montescaglioso: – Montescaglioso is a charming town in the province of Matera, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. It is situated on a hill overlooking the Bradano river valley and has a history that spans from ancient times to the present day. Montescaglioso is known for its cultural heritage, historical sites, and stunning natural landscapes. One of the main attractions of Montescaglioso is the Benedictine Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, which dates to the 11th century and was once a powerful and wealthy monastic centre. The abbey church has a beautiful portal and a Norman-style bell tower, as well as a cylindrical dome added in the 17th century. The abbey also houses a museum that displays precious artworks and manuscripts. Another interesting site is the Mother Church, built in the 18th century in late Baroque style over a medieval structure. The church has a richly decorated interior with paintings, sculptures, and altars. The Norman Castle, located on the highest point of the town, is a remnant of the feudal period and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Montescaglioso is also a great place to explore the natural beauty of the Parco delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The park is home to many rock churches carved into the tuff cliffs, some of which date back to the Byzantine era. One of the most important and impressive is the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Murgia, which has a large, frescoed nave and a crypt. The cuisine of Montescaglioso reflects the tradition and taste of the Basilicata region, with a focus on local products such as olive oil, wine, cheese, bread, and vegetables. Some of the typical dishes include homemade pasta, grilled lamb and goat meat, and the cialledda, a soup made with bread, onions, olive oil, pecorino cheese, and pepper. Montescaglioso also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Carnival, the enogastronomic In Vino Veritas, and the patron saint’s day on August 20. Montescaglioso is a town that offers a unique and authentic experience of the Italian culture, history, and nature. It is a destination that will enchant and inspire visitors of all ages and interests.

Via Alcide De Gasperi is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from the outskirts of the town to Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII. (Photos 1-2-3) – Via G. Novello is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Viale Aldo Moro to Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII. (Photo 4) – Via Gaetano Donizetti is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII to Via FiumeI. (Photo 5) – Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Via Alcide De Gasperi to Via Indipendenza. (Photos 6-7) – Via Indipendenza is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII to Via D’Alessio. (Photos 8-10-12) – Via San Lucia is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII to Viale Kennedy. (Photo 9) – The Chiesa Santa Lucia is a modern church in the town of Montescaglioso. It is the second parish of the town and has about 6,000 members. The church was built in the 20th century and has two statues: one of the Virgin of Syracuse and one of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. The church belongs to the Archdiocese of Matera-Irsina and is located in Via Indipendenza, near the Piazza Padre Prosperino Gallipoli. The church is open for mass and other religious services, as well as for visitors who want to admire its architecture and art. (Photos 10-11) – The Piazza Padre Prosperino Gallipoli is a public square in the center of Montescaglioso, named after a local priest who was active in the social and cultural life of the town. The square also features a monument to San Rocco, the patron saint of Montescaglioso, and a statue of the Madonna del Buon Cammino3, a symbol of protection for travellers. The square is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors, as well as a venue for events and festivals. (Photo 13) – Via D’Alessio is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Via Indipendenza to Via S. Francesco D’Assisi. (Photo 14) – Via Giacomo Matteotti is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Via D’Alessio to Via IV Novembre. (Photo 15) – Via XX Settembre is a deadend street in Montescaglioso which can be found along Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. (Photo 16) – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Via S. Francesco D’Assisi to Piazza Roma. (Photos 17-18) – Piazza Roma is the main square of Montescaglioso, a town in the province of Matera, Italy. It is in the historical centre of the town, and it is surrounded by several buildings of historical and cultural interest, such as the Chiesa di San Rocco. Piazza Roma is also a popular venue for events and festivals, such as the Carnevale Montese, a traditional carnival that dates to the 18th century, and the Estate Montese, a summer program that features concerts, shows, and cultural activities. One of the most famous performers who visited Piazza Roma was Edoardo Bennato, a renowned Italian singer-songwriter who performed there in August 2023. The Chiesa di San Rocco is a church dedicated to the patron saint of Montescaglioso. It is in Piazza Roma, the main square of the town, and it dates back to the 16th century. It was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1827 and rebuilt shortly after. The church has a single nave with a raised presbytery and a dome. The facade is elegant and resembles a fountain in Naples. The church contains the statue of San Rocco, who was proclaimed the protector of Montescaglioso in 1684, and several paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The church is also the venue for some religious and cultural events, such as the procession of San Rocco on August 16th. (Photos 19-20)

Corso della Repubblica is a street in Montescaglioso which runs Piazza Roma to Via Dante Alighieri. (Photos 21-22-23-24-33-36-37-41) – Via Giuseppe Verdi is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Largo S. Nicola to Via Gerusalemme. (Photos 25-26) – Via V. Venezia is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Corso della Repubblica to the Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo. (Photo 27) – The Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo is the main church of Montescaglioso, a town in the province of Matera, Italy. It is dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul, and it was rebuilt in the late 18th century in a late Baroque style, after the previous medieval church collapsed. It has three naves, a dome, and a richly decorated interior with paintings, stuccoes, and marble altars. Some of the artworks are attributed to Mattia Preti, a famous painter from Calabria. (Photos 25-26-27-28-29) – Piazza S. G. Battista is a small square in the town of Montescaglioso and is in the historical centre of the town. Photos 30-31) – Via Cosimo Venezia is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Piazza S. G. Battista to Largo Monterrone. (Photo 32) – Piazza Racamato is the home to the Centro Visita Montescaglioso (Visitor Centre) is situated within the ancient Benedictine Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo. This impressive building features two Renaissance cloisters supported by elegant columns with diverse styles. Additionally, it includes an adjacent church, gardens, and an inner courtyard (now used as a parking area). The centre offers various services, including tourist information, guided tours of the Abbey of S. Michele, a bookshop with local artisanal products, and restroom facilities. (Photos 34-35) – The Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie is a significant historical site in Montescaglioso and is the oldest in Montescaglioso with a rich history. It was already documented as a possession of the Abbey of S. Michele as early as 1065. The church is situated at the boundary of the medieval settlement and is part of the urban fabric from the Norman expansion era. In the early 11th century, it was restored by the Norman feudal lords of Montescaglioso and subsequently donated to the monks with the approval of the Archbishop of Acerenza. The church features a single nave and is vaulted. Its historical phases are closely intertwined with those of the nearby Abbey of S. Michele. Records indicate that it was a place where the Abbot administered justice to the inhabitants of the feudal lands, exercising ancient jurisdictions. If you’re in the area, I recommend exploring this ancient church and immersing yourself in its fascinating past. (Photos 37-38-39) – Via Dante Alighieri is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Corso della Repubblica to Via Cairoli. (Photo 40) – The Piazza del Popolo is a charming square located in Montescaglioso. The Piazza del Popolo is a central square where the heart of Montescaglioso comes alive. Its urban layout resembles a butterfly shape, with three distinct areas converging on the central square (also known as Piazza Roma). This square serves as the clear boundary between the historic centre and the rest of the town. Visitors can explore nearby cafes, eateries, and enjoy the local atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to soak in the authentic Italian ambiance. (Photos 42-43-44) – Via Porta S. Angelo is a street in Montescaglioso which runs from Via Balconi Sottani to Porta Sant’Angelo. (Photos 45-46) – Piazza Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto is a square in the historical centre of Montescaglioso, a town in the Basilicata region of Italy1. The square is named after the Knights of Vittorio Veneto, a military order that was awarded to Italian soldiers who fought in World War. The square is also home to the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, a Benedictine monastery that dates to the 8th century. The abbey is a national monument and a cultural heritage site. (Photos 47-48)

Montescaglioso Cuisine: – Montescaglioso is known for its olive oil production and its Benedictine abbey. Some of the special dishes of Montescaglioso are: – Cialledda: a soup made with bread, onions, olive oil, pecorino cheese, and pepper. – Orecchiette and cavatelli: homemade pasta shapes, usually served with tomato sauce, meat, or vegetables. – Lamb and goat meat: grilled or roasted, often seasoned with herbs and spices. – Focaccia: a flatbread topped with olive oil, salt, and various ingredients such as tomatoes, olives, cheese, or onions.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Via Alcide De Gasperi to Piazza Roma
Approximately 1.20 km – 0.75 miles

The walk starts in Via Alcide De Gasperi – Via G. Novello -Via Gaetano Donizetti – Via Alcide De Gasperi – Via S. Lucia – Via Indipendenza – Chiesa Santa Lucia, Via Indipendenza – Via Indipendenza – Piazza Padre Prosperino Gallipoli – Via D’Alessio – Via Giacomo Matteotti – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via XX Settembre – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza Roma

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2  – Corso della Repubblica to Via Porta S. Angelo
Approximately 0.67 km – 0.42 miles

The walk starts in Corso della Repubblica – Via Giuseppe Verdi – Via V. Venezia – Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Via Chiesa Maggiore – Corso della Repubblica – Piazza S. G. Battista – Corso della Repubblica – Via Cosimo Venezia – Corso della Repubblica – Piazza Racamato – Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie, Corso A. Gramsci – Via – Dante Alighieri -Corso A. Gramsci – Piazza del Popolo – Via Porta S. Angelo