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This small village appears almost unexpectedly, between the green mountains and hill tops.
The houses seem to have been built almost on top of each other, starting from a natural valley going on to the rocks. It is particular in twisted alleyways that intercept each other going from the houses to the small shops to the ancient Mother Church. The town's piazza houses a recently built Gazebo where you can admire a breathtaking view of the high green mountains that cross each other creating a natural frame for the Tyrrhenian that can be spotted in the distance.


Buonvicino is a charming town located in the beautiful region of Calabria, Italy. This small town is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant local traditions. One of the most unique aspects of Buonvicino is its devotion to the patron saint, San Ciriaco, and the annual celebration in his honor.

The town of Buonvicino is nestled in the rugged mountains of Calabria, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Its picturesque streets are lined with colorful houses, quaint shops, and traditional restaurants. The locals are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature, making visitors feel right at home.

The town's most celebrated figure is undoubtedly San Ciriaco, the patron saint of Buonvicino. The story goes that in the 9th century, a shepherd named Ciriaco discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave. This discovery led to the construction of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pettoruto, which still stands today. Every year on May 8th, Buonvicino comes alive with the Feast of San Ciriaco, a week-long celebration filled with processions, fireworks, and traditional music.

The festivities begin with a grand procession through the streets, where the statue of San Ciriaco is carried by the locals and adorned with flowers and candles. The atmosphere is electric, with the streets filled with music, dancing, and the delicious aroma of local delicacies being sold in the food stalls. The highlight of the celebration is the traditional dance of the 'Tarantella,' where couples dance to the rhythm of tambourines in a captivating display of energy and passion.

Apart from its vibrant local traditions, Buonvicino is also renowned for its production of high-quality wines. The mountainous terrain and favorable climate make it an ideal location for vineyards to thrive. The most famous wine produced in this region is the Cirò, a ruby-red wine with a robust and full-bodied taste. The locals take great pride in their winemaking and often invite visitors to tour their vineyards and taste their wines, providing a true taste of Buonvicino.

In addition to its lively traditions and excellent wines, Buonvicino is also home to many historical sites. The main square of the town is adorned with the beautiful Chiesa Madre di San Nicola, a church that dates back to the 16th century. The church's interior is decorated with stunning frescoes and houses several valuable artifacts, making it a must-see for history enthusiasts.

In conclusion, Buonvicino is a hidden gem in the region of Calabria, offering visitors an authentic Italian experience. Its rich history, vibrant local traditions, and excellent wines make it a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of traditional Italy. So, if you ever find yourself in this beautiful town, be sure to take part in the Feast of San Ciriaco and enjoy a glass of Cirò wine while soaking in the breathtaking views of the Calabrian mountains.

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Buonvicino celebrates a very important event that brings many visitors to this small town during the feast for "Santo Ciriaco" in Buonvicino-Cosenza, the inhabitants (about 3000 of population) create a respectful combination of praying and reverence with music, dancing and eating; this feast lasts five days and five nights in the "paese" (town center) but begins with a "Town Picnic" down at the "Grotto of Santo Ciriaco" where the Saint used to pass his days praying. Buonvicino is an Italian town of 2,324 inhabitants in the province of Cosenza in Calabria.

Buonvicino was founded in the late thirteenth century by the inhabitants of three houses: Saved Tripidonee Trigiano near the Abbey of San Ciriaco.

Saved was perched on the cliff right of the "Straits". The primitive dwellings were on "Rock of the Greek" of which traces remain visible and surface excavations. Excavations carried out in 1978 and 20 February 1997 were found broken tiles, dishes and animal bones. The inhabitants were engaged in farming and forestry activities.

On the opposite side, ie on the rocky ridge of the cliff was left there Tripidone (ibid., poking some places the walls to the north-east of the "Straits", was found a dagger of iron craftsmanship). These primitive villages had little land available for the most part made up of woods and mountains.

Further away, on the south-west, near the border of the Belvedere, stood the house of Trigiano he owned throughout the campaign Buonvicino including the area where once stood the monastery of San Ciriaco.
The three houses

Along the way from the valley of the isthmus leading to Corvino "Varco Palomabaro of" one is forced to move in the midst of a horrible throat, just 5 meters wide, called "Strait", consists of two high rocky cliffs on the tops of which, to the right of Corvino, is "Rock of the Greek" a small plateau that is part of the area known as Salvato and on the left, in a valley bordered by three summits, there is Tripidone.

They were inhabited villages, from the earliest times remote from the primitive tribe of Greek origin.

The battles with the Samnites, the Roman occupation, barbarian invasions, the Saracens, led to the disappearance of Laos and Cider. Along the way isthmic life was not entirely extinguished, but had spread terror and death always lurking. That's why the people of the Cape and Castellucce thought of abandoning their habitations insecure and find refuge in Saved, a high and inaccessible rock, still called the "Rock of the Greek".

Others had secured the home, some time ago, on the left side of the "tight", also hidden and inaccessible, which called for the presence of three peaks of rocks equidistant Tripidone. Trigiano, but was located further away, near Maritime lookout; house was autonomous and covered the whole territory of today's campaign Buonvicino.

The inhabitants of Saved Tripidone and were devoted to sheep farming and forestry activities, while those of Trigiano agriculture because they can cultivate many fields.

These three villages were located along the isthmus in position to observe the continuous traffic that is not dangerous because they defended well, of course.

The union of these three Houses, the late thirteenth century, gave rise to Buonvicino.

Now dominates the country the huge bronze statue of San Ciriaco Abate 7 meters, situated on a rock "Zaccaniello" dominating the country

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Apulia, a land located in the centre of the Mediterranean at the southern extremity of Europe, offers splendid views from commanding positions, over fertile valleys towards the sparkling Adriatic, delicious food and wine and a wonderful warm climate. Here, Nature imposes itself with a wonderful variety of rich colours: red earth, dark green pine, silvery green olive trees and lush vineyards; sparkling white labyrinths of towns which seem to glisten in the sun; milky white medieval centres with tangles of streets and alleyways, all against a backdrop of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. In this land you will find gems of architectural and historical interest: Romanesque, Byzantine and  Baroque churches, cathedrals, castles, towers, prehistorical remains and last but not least the Trulli Houses.


Basilicata, magical and vague. Land of light and clay, woods and mountains, that can lead to the desire of its discovery without noticing. This is a small region who’s solitary mountains gently fall to the Tyrrhenian Sea on one side and to the Ionian Sea on the other. Basilicata is surrounded by other territories of Southern Italy, like Calabria that leads to Sicily, Campania with it's Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, or Apulia with it's Trulli Houses. Some of it's typical villages lay peacefully on the rocks allowing a silent and reserved stay with great views of it’s rugged coast, others lay next to the beach, surrounded by nature, offering fun and entertainment.


This is a land with a wonderful coast line; dramatic cliffs overhanging secluded bays; steep cliff paths to small rocky coves; islands and caves to explore; long stretches of beach, gently curving into the distance all are lapped by the clear, azure sea. Calabria makes up the "toe" of Italy and is an area little known to British visitors. The scenery is spectacular and dramatic, rising to over 6000 ft in the mountains, and dropping steeply to the coast with its long stretches of beach, crescent-shaped bays, craggy cliffs and islands dotted about in the crystal clear, blue, Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. You will be spoilt for choice whether in the mountains or on the coast, there is more to see and explore than can possibly be done in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, the slow southern Italian pace of life is perfect for just relaxing. Calabria is steeped in history, myth and legend. There are prehistoric settlements and early cave dwellings. The region features in the writings of Homer and Virgil and has been fought over by Hannibal, Romans, Sparticans and many others. It is also rich in living tradition and folklore. Throughout the year, there is a wealth of festivals and carnivals, involving much music and dancing, often in traditional costume.


This is the land where the deep South of Italy truly begins. Campania is the region that houses wonderful world wide known sceneries like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri but is also doorway to other most beautiful locations of Southern Italy like Calabria with it's wonderful rugged coast, Sicily and it's romantic and historic towns like Agrigento and Taormina, and also just few hours away from Apulia and it's characteristic Trulli Houses or Basilicata with beautiful towns like Maratea. Campania features a volcanic sea of the deepest shade of blue lined with miles of dramatic coast and dotted with such lovely islands that almost seem to be tiny, brightly coloured jewels. Sharp contrasts don't miss in this region going from the heat, noise and urban sprawl of troubled Naples to the calming qualities of Sorrento, from the romantic islands of Capri and Ischia to the undiscovered coastline of Cilento. One typicality of Campania will never miss throughout the whole region and that's the warm welcoming as well as the calm qualities of it's people. Enjoy all of Campania's culinary gems, starting from the world known "pizza" that originates from this region of Italy, and created in Honour of the Queen Margherita, going through it's cakes and sweets and ending to it's typical liquors.




The Molise region shared its history with Abruzzo until the fall of the Roman Empire, as evidenced by findings in Pineta of Homo Aeserniensis, who moved between the two regions on a seasonal basis. All the main centres in Molise became Roman colonies with the conquests during the Social War and the Samnite Wars and Second Punic Wars (such as Morrone del Sannio, Isernia, Larino, Venafro and Pietrabbondante), with the formation of new Christian-led urbanisations, such as the Diocese of Trivento, until the Normans arrived. Invasions by the Goths and Lombards followed and, after the latter's conversion to Catholicism, the church gained much power over Molise. A key date in the history of Molise is 1221, when Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor turned Molise into a district of imperial justice. Several monasteries were founded here, including the splendid site of the Madonna delle Grotte in Rocchetta a Volturno.


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This wonderful island is the home of great historic and romantic sites like Agrigento and Taormina and only few hours away from other beautiful locations of Southern Italy like Calabria and it's wonderful rugged coast, Campania and it's splendid sites like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, or even Apulia and it's characteristic Trulli Houses. This beautiful island hoststhe Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, which looms menacingly over the eastern end of the island. If you are lucky, you could witness the glow of molten lava flowing from fissures in the rock and the most spectacular fireworks display you have ever seen. This is the island that hosts great historical architectural buildings andwhere Africa meets Europe blending Baroque with Classical. Sicily is a land where not only you can sit and enjoy the heat of the sun but also discover and explore its Greek Temples, Baroque churches and any other historical site you can find. No need for great studies to make great discoveries: Sicily will just show them to you, with all their glamour.


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